Invasive non-native species and why we intervene

An interesting blog about management of invasive non-native species in Scotland. Invasive species are damaging to our environmental economy and health – should Scottish Natural Heritage’s straight-talking approach be replicated across the UK?

Scotland's Nature

To be blunt, invasive non-native species damage our environmental economy and health.  Stan Whitaker, SNH’s Policy & Advice Manager for Ecosystems & Biodiversity, explains further.

Uist wader project worker lamping for hedgehogs on the South Uist machair, Western Isles Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH Uist wader project worker lamping for hedgehogs on the South Uist machair, Western Isles Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

In conserving threatened species, we have to focus our limited resources on those where we can make the most difference.  This often means dealing with invasive non-native species INNS) that threaten native species. The following short blog post outlines some of the work we are currently involved in.

Not all non-native (alien) species are damaging. Many species that have been introduced to our gardens, fields and landscapes are now an important part of Scotland’s diversity and underpin many of our primary industries. However, a minority have serious negative impacts on native Scottish habitats, our health or our economy. We refer to these species as invasive non-native species

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