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Non-Native Species Code of Practice

Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 08, 2012


ISBN 978 1 78045 930 1 (web only publication)
DPPAS 13151

This document is also available in pdf format (426KB)


1 Introduction
Purpose of the Code, its statutory basis and who it is aimed at.
The Code of Practice
The status of the Code
Some key terms

2 Your Responsibilities
Controlling non-native animals and plants and personal responsibilities.
The need to control non-native species
Managing the threat posed by non-native species
The legal position and due diligence
Your responsibilities

3 Native Range
Meaning of the key concept which underpins the Code and where further information and guidance can be obtained.
What is "native range"?
Non-native animals and plants in Scotland

4 The Release of Non-Native Animals
Restrictions on the release of non-native animals and practical examples to assist you to understand your obligations.
Releasing a non-native animal
Allowing a non-native animal to escape from captivity
Causing a non-native animal to be at a place
Releasing native animals

5 The Planting of Non-Native Plants
Restrictions on the release of non-native plants and practical examples to understand your obligations.
Planting non-native plants in the wild
Causing non-native plants to grow in the wild

6 Keeping Invasive Animals and Plants
Restrictions which apply to the keeping of some types of invasive animals and plants.

7 Selling Invasive Animals and Plants
Restrictions which apply to the sale of some types of invasive animals and plants.

8 Notification of Invasive Non-Native Animals and Plants
Responsibility of which you may have to notify authorities of the presence of an invasive non-native animal or plant, and where more information can be obtained.

9 Species Control Agreements and Species Control Orders
Why and how Species Control Orders can be used as well as information on the procedure involved and in what circumstances costs are likely to be recovered.
Species Control Agreements
Species Control Orders
Emergency Species Control Orders
Offences, enforcement and powers of entry
Recovery of costs and the "polluter pays" principle
Right to appeal

10 Non-native Species - Which Body Is Responsible
The roles and responsibilities that have been agreed by the key government agencies dealing with non-native species.
The role of the co-ordinating body - SNH
The role of habitat leads
Joint responsibility
The role of Scottish Government and the Scottish Non-Native Species Working Group
Who to contact?

Annex Relevant Legislation