Description

This section deals with the control of non-native species and measures to help prevent their introduction and spread

Key locations

Potentially anywhere on the Berwickshire and Northumberland coast

Frequency

Continuous

Potential issues

  • Spread and introduction of non-native species can disrupt local species.
  • Control of non-native species can have harmful effects on non-target species.
  • Pacific oysters are now settling naturally on the Solway and the Forth, and it may not be long before conditions within the Berwickshire and Northumberland coast are suitable for natural settlement.

Features of Marine Protected Areas which might be affected

  • Reefs
  • Sea caves
  • Sand and mud flats
  • Inlets and bays
  • Grey seal
  • Birds (wintering and breeding)

Legal Responsibilities or Duties (England)

A number of legal powers, duties or regulatory tools exist which are relevant to this activity and its management. These are summarised in the table below:

Legal Power, Duty or Regulatory Tool Relevant Legislation Responsible Organisations
Restrictions on the introduction or sale of certain specified non-native species Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) (Section 14) Natural England

Relevant Guidance, Plans or Codes (England)

The following guidance, codes, plans or strategies are also relevant to the management of this activity:

Name Description Responsible Organisation Statutory or Non-Statutory?
Tweed Catchment Biosecurity Plan Biosecurity Plan for the catchment of the River Tweed Tweed Forum Non-Statutory

Details of Current Management (England)

Legislation:

A range of legislation exists which deals with the introduction and control of non-native species. The full list for England can be found on the website of the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat http://www.nonnativespecies.org//index.cfm?pageid=67

Of the various pieces of legislation which cover this topic, The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) is probably the most important. This makes it illegal to release or allow to escape into the wild any animal which is not ordinarily resident in Great Britain and is not a regular visitor to Great Britain in a wild state, or is listed in Schedule 9 to the Act. It is also illegal to plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild any plant listed in Schedule 9 to the Act. It also creates an offence of selling, offering or exposing for sale, or possessing or transporting for the purposes of sale, certain non-native species that are listed in Schedule 9 of the Act.

Codes of Conduct and Education:

Education plays an important role in helping people to better understand the problems that can be caused by non-native species and the need for biosecurity. Codes of Conduct are a central part of education efforts. These include the Check, Clean, Dry campaign aimed at water users.

The GB Non-Native Species Secretariat website contains a wide range of resources aimed at providing information about non-native species and their management. This includes a series of onlineĀ  e-learning modules http://www.nonnativespecies.org/elearning/

Biosecurity Plans:

The creation of Biosecurity Plans offers a way of addressing threats from non-native species at a local level. A Biosecurity Plan exists for the River Tweed Catchment.

Gaps in Management (England)

More work is needed to map the current extent of, and likely future threats from, non-native species in the inshore waters of Berwickshire and Northumberland. The Tweed Catchment Biosecurity Plan is mainly terrestrial species, and there is no biosecurity plan covering the entire Berwickshire and Northumberland coast, or key areas that are at risk from non-native species such as harbours or ports.

Legal Responsibilities or Duties (Scotland)

A number of legal powers, duties or regulatory tools exist which are relevant to this activity and its management. These are summarised in the table below:

Legal Power, Duty or Regulatory Tool Relevant Legislation Responsible Organisations
Restrictions on the introduction or sale of certain specified non-native species Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) (Section 14)

 

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Prohibition on Sale etc. of Invasive Animal and Plant Species) (Scotland) Order 2019

SNH

Relevant Guidance, Plans or Codes (Scotland)

The following guidance, codes, plans or strategies are also relevant to the management of this activity:

Name Description Responsible Organisation Statutory or Non-Statutory?
Tweed Catchment Biosecurity Plan Biosecurity Plan for the catchment of the River Tweed Tweed Forum Non-Statutory

Details of Current Management (Scotland)

Legislation:

A range of legislation exists which deals with the introduction and control of non-native species. The full list for Scotland can be found on the website of the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat http://www.nonnativespecies.org//index.cfm?pageid=498

 

Of the various pieces of legislation which cover this topic, The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) is probably the most important. This makes it illegal to release or allow to escape into the wild any animal which is not ordinarily resident in Great Britain and is not a regular visitor to Great Britain in a wild state, or is listed in Schedule 9 to the Act. It is also illegal to plant or otherwise cause to grow in the wild any plant listed in Schedule 9 to the Act. It also creates an offence of selling, offering or exposing for sale, or possessing or transporting for the purposes of sale, certain non-native species that are listed in Schedule 9 of the Act.

Codes of Conduct and Education:

Education plays an important role in helping people to better understand the problems that can be caused by non-native species and the need for biosecurity. Codes of Conduct are a central part of education efforts. These include the Check, Clean, Dry campaign aimed at water users.

The GB Non-Native Species Secretariat website contains a wide range of resources aimed at providing information about non-native species and their management. This includes a series of onlineĀ  e-learning modules http://www.nonnativespecies.org/elearning/

Biosecurity Plans:

The creation of Biosecurity Plans offers a way of addressing threats from non-native species at a local level. A Biosecurity Plan exists for the River Tweed Catchment.

Gaps in Management (Scotland)

More work is needed to map the current extent of, and likely future threats from, non-native species in the inshore waters of Berwickshire and Northumberland. The Tweed Catchment Biosecurity Plan is mainly terrestrial species, and there is no biosecurity plan covering the entire Berwickshire and Northumberland coast, or key areas that are at risk from non-native species such as harbours or ports.