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Invasive, non-native species
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Invasive, non-native species

Invasive, non-native species are animals or plants that have been introduced, deliberately or accidentally by human activity, to an area where they don't naturally occur, like:

  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Himalayan Balsam
  • North American Signal Crayfish

Some animals and plants may have been transported here a long time ago and be considered 'naturalised', but are still invasive, non-native species.

Local Authority Responsibility

The council is only required to undertake treatment of invasive, non-native species where it is present on council owned land.

Identify and treat invasive, non-native species

Information on how to identify, and the law on how to treat, invasive, non-native species can be found on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) website.

More information

For more detailed information on individual invasive, non-native species, search the GB Non-native Species Secretariat (NNSS) website.