Invasive species number one threat to Scotland’s protected nature sites

The single biggest threat to Scotland’s natural features are invasive species, according to its wildlife and conservation regulator, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

SNH’s report on protected sites, published today, coincides with the first day of Invasive Species Week, set up to raise awareness of the threat of invasive species on habitats, flora and fauna, geological outcrops and landforms, fossil beds and caves.

The regulator's findings show that invasives represent 21% of all negative pressures on Scotland’s 5,388 designated “natural features”, which live or are a part of its 1,868 legally protected sites including sites of special scientific Interest (SSSI), special areas of conservation (SAC) and special protection areas (SPA) and Ramsar sites.

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