​North East Non-Native Invasive Species (NENNIS) project

​NorthEast Non-Native Invasive Species (NENNIS) project Aims to provide co-ordination by establishing an overarching INNS Forum covering the North East of Scotland including Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. the project is funded from 2017-2020

North East Non-Native Invasive Species (NENNIS) project

Aims to provide co-ordination by establishing an overarching INNS Forum covering the North East of Scotland including Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. The project employs an Invasive Coordinator who will establish and run the INNS Forum and to deliver the objectives set out by the project partners. Estee Farrar is our Invasive Coordinator and can be contacted on invasivecoordinator@riverdee.org or 01339 880411.

These will involve the following elements:-
• Prevention and biosecurity to prevent establishment of new INNS within the project area
• Assist organisations/groups with capacity building for survey and monitoring of INNS plants, recruitment of volunteers, control work and other aspects of INNS work. This will involve providing training and will ensure that skills are available to continue this work in the long-term.
• Awareness raising amongst a wide range of individuals and organisations
• Disseminating information on best practice, control techniques, research, funding etc.
• Assistance with access to resources to control INNS including training, chemicals, machinery and funding where this lies outside the scope of existing funded projects.
• To deliver a long-term mechanism, through the INNS Forum, that will ensure that co-ordination and co-operation on the control and monitoring of INNS continues beyond the short-term funded projects for control work.

In relation to the control of INNS, the project will initially focus on the three main problematic plant species giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed and Himalayan baslam, however the Forum will provide an opportunity to consider and share good practice and knowledge in relation all invasive species relevant to the project area.

NENNIS Forum March 2020

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our NENNIS Forum 2020; as the global pandemic COVID19 reached our shores, with lockdown landing upon us. Life as we know it has changed radically, for an untold period, in order to contain and mitigate the virus as much as possible.

In terms of cancelling the Forum, it's not a complete strikeout - we have put together some lockdown reading for you, courtesy of the contributors due to present at the Forum this year – many thanks to all of them.

Should you have any questions about the issues raised in the articles, please send them to me at invasivecoordinator@riverdee.org. Any questions or points will be forwarded to the relevant person, by myself – and answers or comments from the authors will be published in the upcoming NENNIS Newsletter, Summer 2020.

  1. Chair's Welcome to Online NENNIS Forum 2020 Martin Auld
  2. Update on Activity from the NENNIS Project Judith Cox
  3. River Dee Trust Report - Update 2019 Jamie Urquhart
  4. Methods & Mistakes When Trying to Eliminate Himalayan Balsam on the Lunan Burn Dave Trudgill
  5. Scottish Invasive Species Initiative (SISI): A Community-Based Approach for Invasive Species Control Dr Al Reeve
  6. East Grampian Coastal Partnership - Marine Invasives Can EGCP Help? Ian Hay

  7. SISI Blog: The Good, the Bad and the Balsam Karen Müller

  8. Ury Riverside Park SCIO - How Local Community Groups can Contribute Ian Talboys
  9. SISI Project Case Study Using Sheep as a Form of Chemical Free, Low Intensity Giant Hogweed Control Dr. Al Reeve

Supporting Community Groups with Invasive Plant Control

The North East Invasive Non-Native Species (NENNIS) Project is working with community groups to facilitate the control of invasive plant species. In order to enable groups of volunteers to carry out this work training in pesticide usage to control invasive species has been provided, as are the necessary chemicals and personal protective equipment where required.

Aberdeenshire Council and the River Dee Trust, as lead partners in the project, wish to ensure that any community group to which these resources are provided have sufficiently robust procedures in place so that work is undertaken in line with health and safety and regulatory requirements. Materials and training will only be provided to those groups who are set up as constituted groups and can demonstrate that they have met these conditions.

The guidance below, whilst not exhaustive, provides information on best practice on the issues that the group will be required to consider before signing the agreement.

Guidance for Community Groups on INNS Control

The agreement and associated privacy notice can also be downloaded here

Protocol for community groups - Sign-up

Privacy Notice

NENNIS questionnaire - Survey results analysis July 2020

In June 2020, a questionnaire was sent out to all NENNIS Forum members, regarding the closure of the project. The questionnaire sought feedback about the work delivered to that point and aimed to assess the need/appetite for continuing the Forum after funding/project closure for NENNIS in Sept 2020, from our members.

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