Invasive Species

The next meeting will be in Spring 2018, when we'll be liaising with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative Project Coordinator to see how we can work effectively together.

Find out more about invasive species here.

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
  • To identify any major gaps and prioritise key areas for future work
  • To work together to secure new resources and funding.

You can find out more on the Highland Biodiversity website.


Meeting notes:

18th October 2017


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


Previous Highland Invasive Species Forum notes

Beauly, 9th October 2015

Ullapool, 26th September 2014


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

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