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Non-native Invasive Plant Species Information

What Are Non-native (alien) Invasive Plant Species?

Alien (non-native) Invasive plants introduced accidentally or deliberately into the wild where they are not normally found, can have adverse impacts on the environment. Non-native species often out compete native species for natural resources.

 

Invasive species can have significant impacts on conservation and economic interests and may in some cases pose threats, directly or indirectly, to human safety.

 

Reversing the damage of invasive species is a significant land management issue for public authorities as well as for private landowners and can be a costly and labour intensive exercise.

 

Is Having An Alien Invasive Species On My Property Illegal?

Generally having any invasive species listed under annex 2 of the S.I. No. 477/2011 - European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011, on your property does not break the law.

 

Allowing any recognised invasive species to spread outside your property is another matter.... You could be liable for damages, legal costs and remedial costs if you allow an invasive species onto your neighbour's property or public / local authority area.

Did you know...

 

Japanese knotweed is a non-native invasive plant and can cause extensive damage to buildings and structures.

Allowing any regulated invasive species to spread outside your property is illegal and can lead to prosecution.

There are currently 35 invasive plant species listed in the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations (annex 2, Part 1)

European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 non-native invasive plant species A-Z (Updated 2018)

There are currently 35 invasive plant species listed in the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations (annex 2, Part 1)...

 

Click on a species from the following list to find out more

Non-Native Plant Species identified as High Risk on Ireland's Biodiversity List...

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