Project Conference

Scottish Invasive Species Initiative – Project Conference

Boys with mink raft

The years have rather flashed by and we are coming towards the end of the first phase of the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (2017 – 2023) funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and NatureScot.

To both mark and celebrate that milestone, and look ahead to what happens next with our new Nature Restoration Fund award, we held our 'end of project' conference on 6 September in Aviemore.

We had a fantastic group of speakers discussing the impacts of invasive non-native species and the many incredible projects, both in the UK and internationally, looking to tackle this issue and make real positive progress. The full programme details can be viewed here and all presentation slides are available to view and download below.

Speakers and Presentations

Spraying knotweed

Introductory Talks

Lorna Slater, Scottish Government, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity: Welcome speech (recorded, available to view below)

Francesca Osowska, NatureScot, Chief Executive: Invasive non-native species - why they matter and the importance of control

James Russell, University of Auckland: Predator Free New Zealand - conservation country

Callum Sinclair, Scottish Invasive Species Initiative: Landscape scale management delivered locally


Volunteer spraying hogweed

Session 2: Invasive non-native plants – their management and impacts

Mark Purrmann-Charles, Scottish Invasive Species Initiative: Strategic invasive plant control

Jane Hamilton, Scottish Invasive Species Initiative: Our woolly warriors - tackling giant hogweed using sheep grazing

Rob Dewar, National Trust for Scotland: Turning a Problem into a Solution

Zarah Pattison, University of Stirling: Riverbanks as battlegrounds - How does Himalayan balsam change riparian habitats

Check clean dry - Cleaning a boot with a brush

Session 3 – Practical biosecurity in action and emerging threats

Laura Bambini, Biosecurity for LIFE: Biosecurity for Scotland's seabird island

Colin Bean, NatureScot: Pink salmon an emerging threat in Scottish freshwater ecosystems




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