Boatyard clogged with invasive non-native water plants - copyright GBNNS (GB non-native species secretariat)

Protect your lochs from invasive non-native water plants

Sharing Good Practice event

Aquatic invasive non-native species (INNS) can have significant adverse impacts on nature, people’s enjoyment of the outdoors, and the rural economy.  Angling, for example, one of the biggest outdoor activities in the UK and an important source of income in many rural areas, can be affected by aquatic invasive species making casting difficult and choking outboard motors. Aquatic INNS also impact negatively upon biodiversity and ecosystem health - Canadian Pondweed, for example, is identified as contributing to the unfavourable condition of 62 designated sites in Scotland, and is considered a risk factor for Slender Naiad, a European Protected Species native to Scotland and included on the Scottish Biodiversity List.

Control of aquatic INNS is difficult due to the ability of these species to spread from small pieces of plant material, as well as restrictions on some types of control. The event will examine existing methods of control and their effectiveness; explore new approaches and techniques; and consider the best ways to engage with the public and stakeholders to prevent further spread.

This Sharing Good Practice event is run in partnership by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. 

Who is the event for?

The event is aimed at government agency staff, land owners, community groups and individuals with an interest in the control of non-native species in Scotland's lochs and ponds. 

If you would like to attend, please contact the SNH Events Team at [email protected] 

This event is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Image copyright: GBNNSS (GB non native species secretariat)

  • Venue information

    Battleby Conference Centre
    PH1 3EW

    Tel: 01738 444177

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  • Directions

    By Coach/Bus: Alight at Luncarty. 10 min walk to location.

    Stagecoach timetables.

    By Rail: Perth Station is the nearest station

    Scotrail website.

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