The first three links below are to the UK and Scottish organisations with responsibility for overarching policy and reporting functions for notifiable diseases. Other links have been grouped according to geographical coverage i.e Scotland, the UK and Ireland, Europe and International protect your yard.

  • The GB Non Native Species Secretariat was established March 2005 to ensure strategic co-ordination of policy on invasive non-native species across GB. The secretariat functions as a central link for developments on non-native species in Ireland, Europe and UK Overseas Territories and includes the Scottish Government as a member. The Secretariat serves the GB Programme board, implements a programme of action to meet the aims of the board and maintains web based source of information on invasive species. It also sits on the Steering Group of the RAFTS Biosecurity Planning Project.
  • There are a number of links for the parasite Gyrodactylus salaristhat include:


  • The Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS) was established in 1995. It is a leading independent freshwater conservation charity representing Scotland’s national network of 24 rivers and fisheries trusts. RAFTS is a Scottish charity whose core objective is “‘Conservation and enhancement of native freshwater fish and their environments in Scotland”.
  • The Rural Directorate of the Scottish Government is a project partner and has developed policy and legislation, coordinates with other government agencies in the UK, and chairs the Scottish Non Native Species Working Group. Their Invasive Non Native Species website presents definition, descriptions of a limited number of species, action in Scotland and links to legislation and policy.
  • Scottish Natural Heritage was established in 1992 and is a Government body responsible to Scottish Government Ministers. SNH has developed a five year Species Action Framework (SAF) that prioritises action for the implementation of the Scottish Government’s 25 year Biodiversity Strategy. The SAF has prioritised six non native invasive (NNI) species for action. SNH are currently developing a NNI species training pack and a link will appear here once it is available. SNH are a key project partner and supporter.
  • The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s environmental regulator and adviser, responsible to the Scottish Parliament through Ministers. SEPA coordinates the Area and River Basin District Planning process in which non native invasive species is a key issue. SEPA works closely with the Scottish Working Group on Invasive Non-Native Species led by the Scottish Executive.
  • The Scottish Non Native Species Working Groupwas established in March 2006 to ensure effective policy coordination and practical implementation in Scotland. Functions as an advisory body to the Scottish Government to:
    • Co-ordinate the overall response of public-sector bodies in Scotland to the environmental, social and economic challenges presented by invasive non-native species;
    • Provide a forum within which the development of coherent cross-cutting public policy on invasive non-natives in Scotland can be pursued and lead responsibilities agreed;
    • Promote the better integration of policy and practice across the public sector and provide a context within which specific action can be pursued and current and future requirements for advice and research identified;
    • Contribute to and support the effectiveness of wider action on invasive non-native species at the GB level, in particular through the GB Programme Board
  • Plantlife International is the only charity working solely to protect Britain’s wild flowers and plants, fungi and lichens, and the habitats in which they are found. They have educational and awareness campaigns on invasive plants particularly aquatics including surveys of pond plants being sold in garden centres and how they are labelled. They also run “Flora Guardians” who monitor Rhododendron ponticum, Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed in Scotland.

UK and Ireland

  • The WFD-UKTAG is the United Kingdom Technical Advisory Group(UKTAG)and provides technical advice on the WFD to, and receives policy advice from
    • The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;
    • The Welsh Assembly Government;
    • The Scottish Government; and
    • The Department of Environment, Northern Ireland

UKTAG consists of experts from the UK conservation and environment agencies and the Department of Environment and Local Government for the Republic of Ireland. It has published list of invasive species according to impact and habitat, guidance on monitoring for the WFD and the setting of objectives

  • The National Biodiversity Network is a trust that collates and exchanges biodiversity information particularly distributions, The NBN Gateway allows the viewing of distribution maps and the download of UK wildlife data by using a variety of interactive tools. It is completely dependent on the data providers. There are several Scottish providers including SEPA. The maps present species distributions to 10km2 block resolution.
  • The Invasive Species Ireland project is a joint venture between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Invasive Species Ireland Report. Their website provides information on a range of species, policy related to individual species or groups of species, and strategies to deal with species that threaten the biodiversity and economies of Ireland.


  • The European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) is an intergovernmental organization responsible for European cooperation in plant health. Its objectives are to protect plants, to develop international strategies against the introduction and spread of dangerous pests and to promote safe and effective control methods.
  • The North European and Baltic Network on Invasive Alien Species (NOBANIS) is a gateway to information on alien and invasive species in North and Central Europe. There are 18 participating countries including the neighbouring countries of Norway and Ireland.
  • The Delivering Alien Invasive Species In Europe (DAISIE) project website was developed as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for information on biological invasions in Europe.


  • The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities. It is managed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN-World Conservation Union.
  • The Convention for Biological Diversity recognises the introduction and spread of alien or invasive non native species as a major cause of biodiversity loss. Article 8(h) of the CBD states that, “Each contracting Party shall, as far as possible and as appropriate, prevent the introduction of, control or eradicate those alien species which threaten ecosystems, habitats or species”. To this end the CBD sets global priorities, guidelines, collects information and helps to coordinate international action on invasive alien species. It has adopted guidance on prevention, introduction and mitigation of impacts of alien species that threaten ecosystems, habitats or species, which can be accessed on the CBD website (Decision VI 23). The website also provides further information on invasive species and relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD.
  • The Global Invasive Species Programme is an international partnership dedicated to addressing the global threat of invasive species. Established in response to the first international meeting on invasive alien species held in Trondheim, Norway (1996), GISP’s mission is to conserve biodiversity and sustain livelihoods by minimising the spread and impact of invasive species. GISP provides support to the implementation of Article 8(h) of the Convention on Biological Diversity and has contributed extensively to the knowledge and awareness of invasive species through the development of a range of products and publications including the Global Strategy on Invasive Alien Species and Invasive Alien Species: A Toolkit of Best Prevention and Management Practices. A dedicated GISP Secretariat was established in 2003 to facilitate and co-ordinate implementation of the global strategy on invasive species.

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