Invasive non-native species in the Highlands
The Highland Invasive Species Forum meets annually.
It aims to:
- Bring together the key players and take stock of the situation regarding invasive non-native species in Highland
- Raise awareness and spread good practice
- Identify any major gaps and prioritise key areas for future work
- Work together to secure new resources and funding
The top five most important invasive non-native species requiring management in Highland are noted below, along with the date when action was started to tackle the issue:
- Japanese knotweed - no project underway yet
- American mink - Scottish mink initiative underway since 2010
- Rhododendron ponticum - Highland rhododendron project underway since 2010
- Giant hogweed - projects underway in Inverness-shire, Easter Ross and Nairnshire (2010)
- Himalayan balsam - projects underway in Inverness (2011) and Glen Urquhart (2009)
How to report an Invasive-non-native species
Treatment of invasive non-native species is a landowner responsibility.
However, if the invasive non-native species is on Highland Council owned or managed land then we will investigate further e.g. Giant Hogweed growing next to a Primary School then you can submit the information to us at Ecology@highland.gov.uk
Please include the following information:
- Your name
- Your contact information
- Location of invasive non-native species (You can get a grid reference by using https://gridreferencefinder.com/ )
- What invasive non-native species did you see?
- How much of it was there?
- Please attach a photo
- Examples of completed works
- Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme
- External wall Insulation case studies
- Renewables case study
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Environmental Health Food Business Advice
- Pre-Packed Foods Labelling Advice
- Growing Our Future - A Food Growing Strategy for Highland