@scot_invasive_sps_initiative

SISI project @scot_invasive_sps_initiative

Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, engaging people in management of Invasive non-native species in N Scotland, funding from HLF and SNH.

https://www.invasivespecies.scot/

Talking all things #invasive today at the Highland invasive species forum. 
Thanks to all the contributors; @scottishnaturalheritage @scottishcanals @scot_invasive_sps_initiative #NessBeaulyFisheryTrust .
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##invasivespecies #invasives #stopthespread #invasivespeciesremoval
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Talking all things #invasive today at the Highland invasive species forum. Thanks to all the contributors; @scottishnaturalheritage @scottishcanals @scot invasive sps initiative #nessbeaulyfisherytrust . . . . . # #invasivespecies #invasives #stopthespread #invasivespeciesremoval

It's not just the Giant hogweed that's been growing over the last few weeks - the Japanese knotweed is sprouting and shooting up, often from between last years old dead stems.

It's best treated later in the year when its much bigger, so for now we'll concentrate on the hogweed. But your in our sights knotweed!
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#InvasiveSpecies #Invasives #StopTheSpread #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval
#CheckCleanDry #Biosecurity #BePlantWise 
#ActionOnInvasives #AlienAlert 
#NonNativeSpecies #JapaneseKnotweed #knotweed
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@scot_invasive_sps_initiative

It's not just the Giant hogweed that's been growing over the last few weeks - the Japanese knotweed is sprouting and shooting up, often from between last years old dead stems. It's best treated later in the year when its much bigger, so for now we'll concentrate on the hogweed. But your in our sights knotweed! . . . . . #invasivespecies #Invasives #stopthespread #invasivespeciesremoval #checkcleandry #biosecurity #beplantwise #actiononinvasives #alienalert #nonnativespecies #japaneseknotweed #knotweed .

Volunteering is fun - don't take our word for it, here's what new volunteer Adam said; 
My second day out on the Invasive Species project and today it was on the Castle Water. The Ghillies and guests have a lovely peaceful and soon Giant Hogweed free view from the hut. I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in this project over the coming years. #conservation #invasivespecies #gordoncastlefishing #riverspey #speyfishing #nonnative #gianthogweed
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@scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk  @volunteerscotland @gordoncastleestate
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Volunteering is fun - don't take our word for it, here's what new volunteer Adam said; My second day out on the Invasive Species project and today it was on the Castle Water. The Ghillies and guests have a lovely peaceful and soon Giant Hogweed free view from the hut. I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in this project over the coming years. #conservation #invasivespecies #gordoncastlefishing #riverspey #speyfishing #nonnative #gianthogweed . . . . @scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk @volunteerscotland @gordoncastleestate

Giant Hogweed growing on a tree! As if our job isn't hard enough controlling them on the ground, we have to start finding them growing on trees 😲.
Just goes to show the problem of seed dispersal - hogweed seeds will spread far and wide and if conditions are okay they'll readily grow wherever they land - even on a tree....
The good news is that this one got a dose of herbicide, so it won't go on to grow and flower and spread seeds itself. .
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.#InvasiveSpecies #Invasives #StopTheSpread #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval
#CheckCleanDry #Biosecurity #BePlantWise 
#ActionOnInvasives 
#NonNativeSpecies 
#Conservation #YearOfGreenAction 
#ScottishWildlife #ScottishNature #LoveYourRiver #WildWednesday

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Giant Hogweed growing on a tree! As if our job isn't hard enough controlling them on the ground, we have to start finding them growing on trees 😲. Just goes to show the problem of seed dispersal - hogweed seeds will spread far and wide and if conditions are okay they'll readily grow wherever they land - even on a tree.... The good news is that this one got a dose of herbicide, so it won't go on to grow and flower and spread seeds itself. . . . . . . #invasivespecies #Invasives #stopthespread #invasivespeciesremoval #checkcleandry #biosecurity #beplantwise #actiononinvasives #nonnativespecies #conservation #yearofgreenaction #scottishwildlife #scottishnature #loveyourriver #wildwednesday @scottishnaturalheritage

Get your kids to try fishing 🎣, Free event nr Huntly, Abeerdeenshire.
We would live to see more kids getting in involved in rivers, so why not see if they like fishing!
BOOKING ESSENTIAL

#Repost @river_deveron (@get_repost)
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We still have spaces available for our FREE Family Flyfishing Day at Artloch Trout Fishery - Aberdeenshire. 
It's a fun outdoor activity with your kids or grandkids and you get to try something new! 
The event is free but booking is essential - email alreeve@deveron.org to secure your space.

#riverdeveron
@scot_invasive_sps_initiative
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#GetFishing #GetIntoFishing #Angling #FirstFish #LoveYourRiver
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Get your kids to try fishing 🎣, Free event nr Huntly, Abeerdeenshire. We would live to see more kids getting in involved in rivers, so why not see if they like fishing! BOOKING ESSENTIAL #Repost @river deveron (@get repost) ・・・ We still have spaces available for our FREE Family Flyfishing Day at Artloch Trout Fishery - Aberdeenshire. It's a fun outdoor activity with your kids or grandkids and you get to try something new! The event is free but booking is essential - email alreeve@deveron.org to secure your space. #riverdeveron @scot invasive sps initiative @scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk . . . . #getfishing #getintofishing #Angling #FirstFish #loveyourriver

New & regular  volunteers out today from both @scot_invasive_sps_initiative and @scottishwildlifetrust pulling together to tackle the Giant Hogweed on the River Spey at Spey Bay. Lots of hands makes light work and loads of hogweed got sprayed today. We'll be back to this site again later in the season for a follow up.
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@scottishnaturalheritage @wdcscottishdolphincentre @heritagefunduk 
#RiverSpey #SpeyBay #Fochabers #invasives #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval #InvasiveSpecies #GiantHogweed #Hogweed #VolunteerSpirit #VolunteeringIsFun #PartnershipWorking
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New & regular volunteers out today from both @scot invasive sps initiative and @scottishwildlifetrust pulling together to tackle the Giant Hogweed on the River Spey at Spey Bay. Lots of hands makes light work and loads of hogweed got sprayed today. We'll be back to this site again later in the season for a follow up. . . . . . . @scottishnaturalheritage @wdcscottishdolphincentre @heritagefunduk #RiverSpey #SpeyBay #Fochabers #invasives #invasivespeciesremoval #invasivespecies #gianthogweed #Hogweed #volunteerspirit #volunteeringisfun #partnershipworking

Our new sheep volunteers are here 🐑! We are doing some trials to see how effective sheep are in grazing invasive Giant hogweed. 
They happily munch the hogweed leaves alongside other vegetation and don't suffer any ill-effects from its toxic sap. 
The sheep are in the woodland upriver of Macduff distillery in Macduff, Aberdeenshire. 
Please keep dogs on a lead in this woodland now so you don't disturb them as they go about their important conservation work. 
You can read more on our website under the News tab. .
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#InvasiveSpecies #Invasives #StopTheSpread #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval #ActionOnInvasives #Sheep #Macduff #BanffandMacduff #keepLearning #Trials #ConservationInAction #VolunteerSpirit #EnvironmentalVolunteering #ConservationVolunteers 
@scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk @river_deveron
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Our new sheep volunteers are here 🐑! We are doing some trials to see how effective sheep are in grazing invasive Giant hogweed. They happily munch the hogweed leaves alongside other vegetation and don't suffer any ill-effects from its toxic sap. The sheep are in the woodland upriver of Macduff distillery in Macduff, Aberdeenshire. Please keep dogs on a lead in this woodland now so you don't disturb them as they go about their important conservation work. You can read more on our website under the News tab. . . . . . . . #invasivespecies #Invasives #stopthespread #invasivespeciesremoval #actiononinvasives #Sheep #Macduff #banffandmacduff #keeplearning #Trials #conservationinaction #volunteerspirit #environmentalvolunteering #conservationvolunteers @scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk @river deveron

Project dog - hogweed finder, mink raft sinker and water depth tester. Invaluable helper 😆 
#nationalpetday .
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.#dogsofinstagram #blacklabrador #blacklab #caninehelpers #loveyourriver #invasivespecies
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Project dog - hogweed finder, mink raft sinker and water depth tester. Invaluable helper 😆 #nationalpetday . . . . . . . #dogsofinstagram #blacklabrador #blacklab #caninehelpers #loveyourriver #invasivespecies

Another mink raft out - thanks to the volunteers from @inverness_airport for adopting this one. Great to have the support of other organisations for the work our project is doing. .
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.@scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk 
#AmericanMink #Mink #invasiveSpecies #Invasives #StopTheSpread #InvasiveveSpeciesRemoval #volunteerSpirit #VolunteeringIsFun
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Another mink raft out - thanks to the volunteers from @inverness airport for adopting this one. Great to have the support of other organisations for the work our project is doing. . . . . . .@scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk #americanmink #Mink #invasivespecies #Invasives #stopthespread #invasivevespeciesremoval #volunteerspirit #volunteeringisfun

Our April Wildlife Watcher is the Red deer, our largest land mammal.  So do deer like water or not? These two seem to have different opinions, one doesn't want to get his toes wet but the other enjoys a slow wade through the burn 😆. Read more on our website (link in bio) under the Learning tab / Wildlife Watcher.
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#WildlifeWatcher #RedDeer #ScottishWildlife #ScottishNature #loveYourRiver #LoveNature #NaturePhoto #TrailCam #WildlifeCamera 
@scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk @mammalsociety
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Our April Wildlife Watcher is the Red deer, our largest land mammal. So do deer like water or not? These two seem to have different opinions, one doesn't want to get his toes wet but the other enjoys a slow wade through the burn 😆. Read more on our website (link in bio) under the Learning tab / Wildlife Watcher. . . . . . . . #wildlifewatcher #RedDeer #scottishwildlife #scottishnature #loveyourriver #lovenature #naturephoto #TrailCam #wildlifecamera @scottishnaturalheritage @heritagefunduk @mammalsociety

Two weeks to go! We are looking forward to talking all things Invasive Species. 
To view the programme and book your FREE place go to Eventbrite and search Highland Invasive Species Forum.
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#InvasiveSpecies #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval #Invasives #Learning #StopTheSpread #HandsOnLearning
@scottishnaturalheritage @scottishcanals @woodlandtrust @heritagefunduk
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Two weeks to go! We are looking forward to talking all things Invasive Species. To view the programme and book your FREE place go to Eventbrite and search Highland Invasive Species Forum. . . . . . . #invasivespecies #invasivespeciesremoval #Invasives #Learning #stopthespread #handsonlearning @scottishnaturalheritage @scottishcanals @woodlandtrust @heritagefunduk

Last chance to check any Butterbur flowers near you - are they native Common butterbur or invasive White butterbur. Flower colour is the best clue, but the flowers are nearly over and the leaves are out and starting to dominate the ground. .
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#WhiteButterbut #CommonButterbur #Butterbur #InvasiveSpecies #Invasive #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval #Flora #NativeFlora #NonNativePlants #NonNative #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval
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Last chance to check any Butterbur flowers near you - are they native Common butterbur or invasive White butterbur. Flower colour is the best clue, but the flowers are nearly over and the leaves are out and starting to dominate the ground. . . . . . . #whitebutterbut #commonbutterbur #Butterbur #invasivespecies #Invasive #invasivespeciesremoval #Flora #nativeflora #nonnativeplants #NonNative #invasivespeciesremoval

Tree planting on the White butterbur trial site yesterday, two plots of broadleaf native trees were planted by our staff and volunteers (thanks guys). White butterbur's giant leaves completely dominate the ground and not only stop native flowers growing but are preventing the natural regeneration of trees. As part of our trial we are assessing if tree planting and wildflower seeding will help prevent the White butterbur from growing.

Two 10x10m plots were planted with trees at a low density (every 0.5m) and high density (every 1m). That's a lot of trees in very straight lines!

Read more about the White butterbur trial in the
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Tree planting on the White butterbur trial site yesterday, two plots of broadleaf native trees were planted by our staff and volunteers (thanks guys). White butterbur's giant leaves completely dominate the ground and not only stop native flowers growing but are preventing the natural regeneration of trees. As part of our trial we are assessing if tree planting and wildflower seeding will help prevent the White butterbur from growing. Two 10x10m plots were planted with trees at a low density (every 0.5m) and high density (every 1m). That's a lot of trees in very straight lines! Read more about the White butterbur trial in the "Case study" section of our website. @scottishnaturalheritage . . . . . . #invasivespecies #Invasives #whitebutterbur #volunteeringisfun #volunteerspirit #volunteerwork #getinvolved #connectwithnature #treeplanting #nativetrees #invasivespeciesremoval #conservation #scottishwildlife #loveyourriver #

Mink spotted yesterday off Hopeman beach, in Moray. Please do report any sighting of the invasive American mink to us (in Northern Scotland area) so we can act quickly!
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📸John Palmer
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#AmericanMink #Mink #InvasiveSpecies #Invasives #StopTheSpread #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval #Moray #Hopeman #ActionOnInvasives
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Mink spotted yesterday off Hopeman beach, in Moray. Please do report any sighting of the invasive American mink to us (in Northern Scotland area) so we can act quickly! . 📸John Palmer . . . #americanmink #Mink #invasivespecies #Invasives #stopthespread #invasivespeciesremoval #Moray #Hopeman #actiononinvasives

Wow, lovely sunset photo of a mink raft on the River Ythan 😍
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#Repost @terr1er (@get_repost)
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#sunsets#sunset🌅 #sun#ig_sunrisesunset#eveningsky#dusk#sun#riverythan#ythan#aberdeenshire#bestofourshire#visitabdn#nature#ig_nature#greatshotz#awesomeshots#hiddenscotland#ig_landscape#landscape#countryside#river#reflection#colourfulsky#firesky#lumixphotography#lumix#microfourthirds#explore#explorescotland
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Wow, lovely sunset photo of a mink raft on the River Ythan 😍 . . . #Repost @terr1er (@get repost) ・・・ #sunsets #sunset🌅 #sun #ig sunrisesunset #eveningsky #dusk #sun #riverythan #ythan #aberdeenshire #bestofourshire #visitabdn #nature #ig nature #greatshotz #awesomeshots #hiddenscotland #ig landscape #landscape #countryside #river #reflection #colourfulsky #firesky #lumixphotography #lumix #microfourthirds #explore #explorescotland

A few sites already with a covering of Giant hogweed leaves this year. The question being - when is the optimum time to treat with pesticide?  We're trying it early on this site - we'll see what happens!

Anyone else got any experience of success or failure in treating early? .
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#InvasiveSpecies #Invasives #InvasiveSpeciesRemoval #VolunteeringIsFun  #GetInvolved #ConnectWithNature #GiantHogweed #ThursdayThoughts #ConservationVolunteer #StopTheSpread
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A few sites already with a covering of Giant hogweed leaves this year. The question being - when is the optimum time to treat with pesticide? We're trying it early on this site - we'll see what happens! Anyone else got any experience of success or failure in treating early? . . . . . . #invasivespecies #Invasives #invasivespeciesremoval #volunteeringisfun #getinvolved #connectwithnature #gianthogweed #thursdaythoughts #conservationvolunteer #stopthespread

Look at these gorgeous otters! 
Repost @scottishnaturalheritage 💕 Graceful on land and in water. Playful in a way few other creatures seem to be.  Diver of the sea's kelp beds, sleek hunter among river weeds.  Cruncher of crabs and catcher of silver-scaled salmon.  Otters love life!  These lovely visitors enjoyed a swim outside our Galashiels office today.  Great footage captured by one of our Operation officers.

#Didyouknow? #Otter (Lutra lutra) has a population of circa 8,000 in Scotland. They are largely solitary and get most of their food from lochs, rivers or the sea.  The otter belongs to the same family as the badger, pine marten, stoat and weasel and American mink. .
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#LoveYourRiver #Conservation #ScottishNature #ScottishWildlife #river #otter #LutraLutra 
#Nature #Outdoors #Conservation #ScottishWildlife #Environment #ScotNature #ScottishNature #LoveYourRiver #YearOfGreenAction #NaturePhoto
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Look at these gorgeous otters! Repost @scottishnaturalheritage 💕 Graceful on land and in water. Playful in a way few other creatures seem to be.  Diver of the sea's kelp beds, sleek hunter among river weeds.  Cruncher of crabs and catcher of silver-scaled salmon.  Otters love life!  These lovely visitors enjoyed a swim outside our Galashiels office today. Great footage captured by one of our Operation officers. #didyouknow? #Otter (Lutra lutra) has a population of circa 8,000 in Scotland. They are largely solitary and get most of their food from lochs, rivers or the sea.  The otter belongs to the same family as the badger, pine marten, stoat and weasel and American mink. . . . . . . #loveyourriver #conservation #scottishnature #scottishwildlife #river #otter #lutralutra #Nature #Outdoors #conservation #scottishwildlife #environment #scotnature #scottishnature #loveyourriver #yearofgreenaction #naturephoto

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