Invasive Species

Find out more about invasive species here.

Working group

The Invasive Non-native Species Forum exists as a separate work group under the Biodiversity work group remit.


To deliver the aims of the Highland Invasive Species Forum through projects specified as being of priority by the Forum.

The aims of the Highland Invasive Species Group are as follows:

  • To bring together the key players and take stock of the situation regarding invasive non-native species in Highland
  • To raise awareness and spread good practice and encourage working together to secure new resources and funding.

Past events:

2019 Joint meeting with Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, held in Drumnadrochit on 23rd April 2019



18th October 2017 meeting notes


2017 Joint meeting between Highland, Aberdeenshire and Moray, Held in Elgin on 26th April 2017

Meeting notes


  1. Invasive non-native species ~ a national perspective, Stan Whitaker, SNH
  2. Eradicating invasive plants from riparian land - work on the River Dee, Calum Hislop, River Dee Trust
  3. River Restoration on the River Peffery, Simon McKelvey,  Cromarty Fisheries Trust
  4. Giant Hogweed control at Munlochy and Auldearn, Jonathan Willet
  5. Blackface sheep and giant hogweed control on the River Deveron, Rene van der Waal, University of Aberdeen
  6. Giant hogweed control by the Nairn, Findhorn and Lossie Fisheries Trust, Bob Laughton, Nairn, Findhorn and Lossie Fisheries Trust

Beauly, 9th October 2015 meeting notes

Ullapool, 26th September 2014 meeting notes


Earlier meeting  and forum notes and other invasive species information can be seen on the Highland Biodiversity website



Cotula alpina - a diminutive invasive plant to keep a look out for

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