Scottish Invasive Species Initiative – Project Conference
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
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
Callum Sinclair, Scottish Invasive Species Initiative: Landscape scale management delivered locally
Session 1: Approaches to invasive non-native mammal control
Karen Muller, Scottish Invasive Species Initiative: Beyond the banks - navigating the waters of American mink monitoring and control
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
Zarah Pattison, University of Stirling: Riverbanks as battlegrounds - How does Himalayan balsam change riparian habitats
Session 3 – Practical biosecurity in action and emerging threats
Colin Bean, NatureScot: Pink salmon an emerging threat in Scottish freshwater ecosystems