Invasive Species

There are a number of different invasive non-native plant species (INNS) listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The species which are often encountered are Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica), Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), Cotoneaster sp., Rhododendron sp., and Variegated Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum).

japanese knotweed

It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to plant or cause invasive species to grow in the wild. Even the accidental spread of these invasive species is illegal, and could land you with an anti-social behaviour order, and a fine.

The presence of invasive species on a site can be a great concern to a prospective developer due to the potential cost of remediation. Our expert surveyors can quickly identify whether or not invasive speci are growing on your site and provide the best advice on how to proceed with development.