Non-native species are plants and animals that have moved beyond their native range through human activity. Many of these non-native species have been carefully managed and contribute positively to our lives, for example as livestock, crops, timber, garden plants or pets.
However, non-native species can disrupt ecosystems, spread diseases and cause serious damage to native species, habitats and the environment.
Legislation on non-native species
The Wildlife & Environment Act (Scotland) 2011 (the WANE Act) is intended to protect Scotland’s environment from the damage that can sometimes be caused by non-native species.
Guidance for forest owners and managers
Landowners have a responsibility under EU Regulations not to grow, cultivate or otherwise release into the environment Invasive Non-Native Species. This is identified as a legal requirement under the UKFS.
Managing invasive and non-native forestry species (PDF 1.7MB) provides full details of the responsibilities of forest owners and managers, and offers advice on how to reduce the risk of invasive spread through forest planning and management.
- Visit the Scottish Government website for information on the WANE act and the Code of Practice on non-native species.
- For queries about non-native trees or shrubs on private land, please contact the local Conservancy office.