Invasive species control with the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative – webinar: 1 April

The Scottish Invasive Species Initiative is hosting a webinar on Thursday 1st April, at 14:00 – should you wish to join, the participation details are below.

During this webinar we’ll introduce you to our team, our approach to invasive non-native species management and explain how we work with partners to control American mink and key invasive plant species on a landscape scale. We’ll also cover the management methods we use, our progress so far, and ways you can get involved.

Eventbrite link for bookings (free) –

Further information:

Invasive plant control

Our plant control project concentrates on five target species – all associated with riverbanks – giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, American skunk cabbage and white butterbur. We will tell you about the work we do with volunteers to control these species and the techniques and controls methods that we’ve found to be successful. We’ll also update on some of our trial work in some alternative methods of control – sheep grazing of giant hogweed for example – and talk about how individuals, organisations and communities can get involved with us.

American mink control

Our American mink control project monitors for the presence and then traps and removes the invasive American mink. The mink is a big threat to our native wildlife – particularly water voles and ground nesting birds. We will share our progress in setting up an extensive monitoring network (thanks to volunteers!) and the results in tracking down and capturing mink. For anyone interested in getting involved you’ll discover what a mink raft is and what is involved in monitoring a raft or trap with us.

Webinar is suitable for those:

  • interested in invasive non-native species control and who want to find out more,
  • looking to find out more about the project or the management techniques we use,
  • interested in volunteering with us and,
  • already volunteering with us – to hear how your contribution is part of the overall programme

Vicky Hilton

Volunteer & Communications Officer, Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI)