Welcome to the Scottish Invasives blog. Invasive non-native species (or INNS) are plants and animals that have been introduced to areas outside their natural range. INNS are currently recognised as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. The Scottish Invasives blog is intended as an informal forum for those interested in invasive species control. If you wish to contribute, please get in contact. You can click on any of the images to see them at higher resolution.

Saturday, 7 August 2010


The 'butterfly bush' Buddleja davidii is a shrub native to the mountains of China. It is widely planted for its showy sweet-smelling flowers.
Buddleia provides conservationists with a bit of quandary. It is very attractive to insects, especially butterflies, but has become invasive in parts of North America and Europe. It doesn't appear to be problematic in Scotland, though it is becoming more frequent in milder areas of UK, such as South-West England and Wales.

1 comment:

  1. Buddleja appears to go mad on some old semi industrial and disturbed sites but stays there without invading the habitats beyond to any great degree - is this the experience of others?