Invasive Species

An Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) is any non-native animal or plant that has the ability to spread causing damage to the environment, the economy, our health or the way we live.

In particular these invasive non-native species are a big threat to the native wildlife of Scotland. Many of these invasive species are able to spread via our rivers and water courses and threaten the iconic wildlife and landscapes of our rivers and lochs. The River Ericht catchment suffers from Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed and American Signal Crayfish.

We will be working with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative to set up community involvement opportunities to help tackle the invasive plant problem from 2024 and will be posting calls for volunteers here.

Himalayan Balsam at the confluence of the Ericht and the Isla, photo Markus Stitz