lupin growing along river


Rhododendron on the banks of the Slatach

Rhododendron on the banks of the Slatach


Human activities have deliberately or unintentionally enabled many plant and animal species to reach areas they could never naturally disperse to. In many cases these species do not become established or cause little harm. However, there are particular plant and animal species that can spread rapidly into new areas and cause catastrophic damage to existing, native environments. Biosecurity is the prevention, control and eradication of these non-native invasive species.

As part of a national project teh LFT has prepared a biosecurity plan for the region. Our plan identifes the non-native species currently present in Lochaber and those that are at high risk of spreading into the region. Mink and Japanese knotweed are the two non-native species currently causing the greatest damage to freshwater habitats in Lochaber. Experience from other countries and parts of Scotland suggest that a number of other species could easily spread into Lochaber and potentially disrupt our native wildlife. The threat of Gyrodactylus and American signal crayfish spreading to the region and devastating fish stocks should be sufficient to focus minds and initiate preventative measures. You can download the Biosecurity Plan.

For more information on the national project, links to biosecurity plans from other parts of Scotland, and further information on on-native species visit the biosecurity pages of the RAFTS website.

Lochaber Fisheries Trust