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Invasive Plant Species

A non-native species are described by NatureScot as "those that occur outside their natural range due to direct of non-direct introduction by humans", becoming 'invasive' when they "spread and cause damage to the environment, the economy, our health and the way we live".

The most widespread invasive non-native plant species causing damage to Scotland's environment and biodiversity are:

  • Giant Hogweed
  • Himalayan Balsam
  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Rhododendron
  • Skunk Cabbage

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 ((as amended by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2012).) provides the primary controls on the release of non-native species into the wild in Great Britain and it is an offence under the act to ‘plant’
or ‘otherwise, cause to grow in the wild’ a number of non-native plant species.

Managing invasive species is the responsibility of the owner/occupier of the site.

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