Invasive species—regulation and offences
Produced in partnership with Phlorum Limited
Invasive species—regulation and offences

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Phlorum Limited provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Invasive species—regulation and offences
  • What are invasive non-native species?
  • Issues with invasive non-native species
  • Regulation
  • The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • The Infrastructure Act 2015
  • Species Control Agreements
  • Species Control Orders
  • Compensation
  • Invasive Alien Species Regulation
  • More...

What are invasive non-native species?

Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are plants and animals that have been introduced to an area outside of their normal geographic range and which can cause a detrimental impact on biodiversity or cause significant environmental or economic costs.

The GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy provides a strategic framework to enable government departments, agencies and key stakeholders to co-ordinate actions to reduce the impact of INNS.

In October 2019 the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published its  report on invasive species, finding that they cost the UK economy £1.8 billion a year through damage done to natural biodiversity, disease transmission and other harmful effects to the environment

In May 2020 the Government confirmed that it will consider establishing a Nature Volunteer Force to monitor invasive species in response to the 2019 report. In addition the government has accepted the EAC’s recommendation to consider establishing a separate inspectorate and to boost public awareness by updating the Be Plant Wise campaign. Further recommendations put forward by the EAC include:

  1. Increasing funding to £3m a year to support the secretariat

  2. ratifying the Ballast Water Management Convention to limit the arrival of invasive species from the shipping industry

  3. urging publication of Pathway action plans to identify steps to slow the arrival of invasive species

For more information see: LNB News 13/05/2020 31.

Issues with invasive non-native species

Some INNS have a significant

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