Heh! Must have caught the zeitgeist, since the SG launches tough action to tackle alien invaders with the Invasive Non-Native Species Strategy for Great Britain not long after I made this earlier post linking to the 2004 SNH report.
The good news is that a clear framework for instigating rapid responses when invasive species are detected will be developed. Should it have the same status as the lifeboats? There are arguments both for immediate action (species spotted just before seed dispersal) and for management by volunteers (without whom a lot of biological, horticultural and conservation work wouldn’t get done). Of course, my ulterior motive is that volunteerism and community should trump business interests :)
The bad news is that there appears to be Himalayan Balsam seedlings on the Water of Leith.