Halting the alien invasion!

The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) is a 4-year partnership project that started in November 2017, most of our staff team joined in Spring 2018 which is when much project activity commenced. Our project is led by Scottish Natural Heritage and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with the University of Aberdeen and many fishery trusts/boards as our partners. 

We hope you enjoy reading about our work and feel inspired to get involved with our project.
Invasive non-native (alien) species (INNS) are having a significant negative impact on our freshwater and river environments, being responsible for the decline of native species and causing other effects like bank erosion. We want to halt and control the spread of invasive species, undertake habitat restoration and encourage the return of our native Scottish wildlife.
We are working at a local level to engage volunteers with the management of invasive species in their communities. Through supporting and training volunteers we aim to provide a long-term, sustainable solution to invasive species management.

Anyone can volunteer and get involved, no experience necessary!

Where are we?

Our project area is huge.

We cover an area of 29,500km2, which is over a third of Scotland, encompassing; northern Perthshire, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland. 

We are one of the biggest mainland eradication programmes in the world!

Mink control project 

Our aim is to control mink across the project area, this is done by using mink monitoring rafts to establish if mink are present in an area then once detected mink are trapped and humanely dispatched.

We've already got some super dedicated volunteers who are monitoring mink rafts for us, but we need more! You just need to check your raft for tell-tale footprints every week or two. 

Read more about the SISI Mink Control Project

Plant control project 

We aim to work in partnership to tackle the worst offending plants that cause significant problems in our countryside.

A huge thank you to the amazing volunteers who've completed their spraying qualifications this year and helped us to spray Giant hogweed, White butterbur and American skunk cabbage and stem inject Japanese knotweed. 

And a big cheer for all the individuals, groups and schools who've got stuck into some Himalayan balsam pulling.

Read more about the SISI Plant Control Project

Spreading the word

As well as tackling invasive species, we are also busy educating and raising awareness of invasives and their impacts. We've been out in schools and at shows and promoting biosecurity messages. 

Do you know how to Check, Clean, Dry and are you Plant Wise? Read more about biosecurity and what you can do.

Get involved!

If you are in our project area and would like to help by adopting a mink raft, getting involved in plant control or working in partnership, please get in touch or visit our website for more details.

We want to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who've got involved with our project over this first season, we couldn't have done it without you! 
There will me more in our next newsletter in the New Year about exactly how much the project and volunteer effort has achieved so far. 
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The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI) is a 4-year partnership project, led by Scottish Natural Heritage and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with the University of Aberdeen and ten fishery trusts/boards as partners.
Copyright © 2018 SISI All rights reserved.
Photograph credits; Main image & Plant project - Ewen Weatherspoon:
Mink - Rhyzhkov Sergey CC BY-SA 4.0

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