Invasive Non-Native Species Week

16 – 22 May 2022

Invasive Species Week aims to raise awareness of the issues that invasive species can cause and of the work being done to prevent their spread and reduce impacts. We’ll be sharing some information about invasive species and the work being done in Shetland through a series of daily blogs from the team at UHI Shetland, with guest blogs from Shetland Amenity Trust and Biosecurity for LIFE.

Blogs

Mousa Biosecurity Trail

Guest blog from Holly Paget-Brown, Biosecurity for LIFE At Biosecurity for LIFE we are working hard to raise awareness of the threat of invasive predators and put in place systems to prevent their accidental introduction to islands. In particular we are focusing our efforts on 42 specially protected islands that are designated for breeding seabirds, including … Read More

Introduced animals in Shetland

Guest blog by Paul Harvey, Shetland Amenity Trust Yesterday we considered a few invasive plants that have the potential to wreak havoc among our native plants, today it’s the turn of animals. Let’s start with land mammals. There was no land bridge between Shetland and the British mainland or continental Europe after the last ice … Read More

Introduced Plants in Shetland

Guest blog by Paul Harvey, Shetland Amenity Trust Around a third of the species of flowering plants that one might come across in the Shetland countryside are not native to the islands. That’s a staggering 300 or so species that were deliberately, or accidentally, brought into Shetland by humans! The majority of these were brought … Read More

Monitoring marine non-natives at UHI Shetland

Today we’re exploring the species that get moved around across oceans and continents to be introduced to our coastal seas. As the world becomes increasingly connected by trade, there are more opportunities for species to hitch-hike attached to boats or within ballast water, or be accidentally transported for aquaculture, released from aquariums or as part … Read More

Welcome to INNS Week!

This week is the UK’s Invasive Species Week which aims to raise awareness of the issues that invasive species can cause and of the work being done to prevent their spread and reduce impacts. So what is an invasive non-native species and why do we worry about them? Non-native species (which can also be called … Read More

Discovering marine non-native species in Shetland

Events for INNS Week 2022

As part of INNS Week, the team at UHI Shetland ran a couple of events to showcase the monitoring we do as part of Shetland’s Biosecurity Plan. We welcomed members and the public at Scalloway and Burravoe marina, showing our monitoring panels and discovering some of our native and non-native fouling species.

Becky and Community Wildlife Group volunteers looking at non-native species
Mussels and other fouling organisms on a rope in a marina
Monitoring panels set up to collect fouling species