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Case Studies


We want to share our knowledge and any research into managing invasive species, so below are some case studies and site studies that report on our work. 

Case studies showcase some of the work that the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative and our partners have been delivering and cover a variety of examples of our work with communities and also our experimental trials. Site studies focus on the detailed managment at a specific site and report on what control work was delivered and the results seen etc. 

If you’d like any more details or would like to discuss them with us please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can also download each case study as a pdf document, the link is at the bottom of the case study text. (Please note pdf documents are not fully accessible).

Sheep Grazing as a Management Tool to Control Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a non-native invasive plant that has become widely distributed in the UK. It is especially abundant along watercourses but is also commonly found in rough pastures and…


Giant hogweed is an invasive non-native plant that is widely spread across Scotland. The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative has been managing and controlling this plant across the north of Scotland since 2018.  Whilst methods of control for giant hogweed are generally known…


The Ravenscraig to Inverugie Bridge site on the mainstem of the River Ugie was the starting point of high abundance infestations of Himalayan balsam on the river. In 2018, Himalayan balsam was well established at the site, outcompeting native flora and increasing the likelihood…


The Sheriff Burn is a small tributary of the River Don running through the village of Kintore in Aberdeenshire. 

Since 2011 Japanese knotweed has been controlled on the River Don between the villages of Strathdon and Kintore by the River Don Trust and Don District Salmon…


The Upper River Ugie mainstem site is a 7.5km double bank section of river running through farmland towards the village of Inverugie in Aberdeenshire. Japanese knotweed had formed a dense stand on the right bank in the middle of the site, shading out native vegetation and posing…