Invasive Species Surveys
The Wildlife and Countryside Act provides the primary controls on the release of non-native species into the wild in Great Britain. It is an offence to plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild any plant listed in Schedule 9.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 provides the primary controls on the release of non-native species into the wild in Great Britain. It is an offence under section 14(2) of the Act to ‘plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild’ any plant listed in Schedule 9, Part II. These lists differ for England and Wales, and Scotland.
Arising plant material or contaminated soil is considered to be ‘controlled waste’ and must be treated in accordance with the appropriate waste disposal regulations. In England and Wales the Environment Agency should be contacted to discuss appropriate disposal methods.
The reader should refer to the original legislation for the definitive interpretation.
What we do
One of our experienced consultants will undertake a walkover survey to look for species listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, Rhododendron ponticum and various Cotoneaster species, and any hybrids of the listed species. Lists of plant species on Schedule 9 in England and Wales, and Scotland are available at: fera.defra.gov.uk and legislation.gov.uk, respectively.
Should any invasive plant species be identified, Middlemarch Environmental can produce a method statement for the schedule of works to ensure that the plants do not spread. This method statement will be required prior to works beginning on site and should be agreed with the Environment Agency.
Middlemarch Environmental has a proven track record of successful invasive species method statements.
Middlemarch Environmental has extensive experience of providing cost-effective solutions for all aspects of invasive species and can also provide the following services:
- Ecological Clerk of Works
- Eradication Techniques such as Spray Treatments
- Post-treatment Monitoring