Invasive species threaten Scottish protected sites

Scottish Natural Heritage statistics reveal invasive species continue to spread in protect sites, affecting internationally and nationally important species, habitats and earth science features

Lowland grassland and coastal habitats are affected by invasive native gorse. Photograph: Bluestock/123RFInvasive species are cropping up more frequently during monitoring of protected sites, according to the latest statistics from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

The figures on sites of special scientific interest (SSSI), special areas of conservation (SAC) and special protection areas (SPA) were published on 13 May as part of SNH’s site condition monitoring programme.

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