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
- 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.
Find out more about Invasive plant species the links below:
- Technical Note (TN697): Invasive plant species: Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam, Giant Hogweed and Skunk Cabbage
- Code of Practice on Non-Native Species Made by the Scottish Ministers under section 14C of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
- Scottish Environmental Protection Agency - Invasive Non-native Species
- Scottish Invasive Species Initiative
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