An Approach to Prioritising Control of Rhododendron in Scotland
This document is aimed at supporting decision makers in Scottish policy-making, funding and landowning organisations, who must decide on where and how funding is committed in order to achieve the successful control of rhododendron in priority habitats and, in the longer term, across Scotland.
The presence of rhododendron is a major cause of designated native woodlands being classified as in unfavourable condition. Therefore the underlying principle of this approach is to target control in designated habitats, using synchronised action at a landscape scale co-ordinated across multiple land holdings. To maximise value for money Scottish Government funds should be targeted towards priority habitats, where control focuses on entire populations of rhododendron, and where best practice control measures are used.