SCHEDULE 9 INVASIVE SPECIES
Invasive species cause serious problems to utility providers, landowners, and others. These include costly delays to projects and developments. Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd has a wealth of experience in addressing, avoiding, and eliminating issues caused by invasive species.
Plant species are generally listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). Accordingly, it is a legal requirement to control those that appear on the list. The Infrastructure Act 2015 gives the relevant environmental authorities in England and Wales the power to issue species control orders. The orders make it possible to compel landowners or occupiers to carry out control or eradication operations.
Current list of Schedule 9 Part II Plants
Knotweed Services (UK) Ltd are a member of the Property Care Association (PCA), the UK’s foremost invasive non-native species association. Through the PCA, we work to a set of technical standards and best-practice guidance. Frequent on-site species include Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, and Giant hogweed.
We provide our clients with a cost-effective solution based on the budget, the ecology and geography of the site, ensuring that we fully understand the clients aims and requirements.
Each site is unique, and our methodology for treatment is designed alongside the client to enable a swift delivery of service with minimal delays to their own work programme.
From an initial enquiry, we provide expert advice and consultation with a suitably experienced invasive species specialist.
We conduct detailed site surveys to map and identify any invasive species both on and off site.
When working on-site, we provide an experienced invasive species biosecurity supervisor who will help to ensure that work is done following relevant legislation and best practice.
Codium fragile tomentosoides
Seaweed, Californian Red
Seaweed, Hooked Asparagus
(except native species)
Porphyra spp except –
Stonecrop, Australian swamp
The following plants were added to Schedule 9 by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule 9) (England and Wales) Order 2010:
Archangel, Variegated Yellow
Lamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum
Creeper, False Virginia
Fanwort (otherwise known as Carolina Water-Shield)
Fallopia japonica x Fallopia sachalinensis
Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora
Primrose, Floating Water
Rhododendron ponticum x Rhododendron maximum
Stonecrop, Australian Swamp (otherwise known as New Zealand Pygmyweed)
All species of the genus Elodea.
Determining whether any schedule 9 species are present
You may wish to consider:
The history of the site. Are there known infestations nearby? Has it been used for agriculture or horticulture, which can introduce invasive species? Is it likely that someone has used the site to dispose of garden or agricultural waste? Were invasive species present elsewhere in the UK and have now spread?
The habitat of your site. If you are working on a coastal area, there is a good chance that you will find Spartina grasses or Himalayan balsam growing near to watercourses. If you are working on wetlands, you may find Purple Loosestrife or floating pennywort. On riverbanks, look out for Japanese knotweed. These are just some examples..
The time of year when you undertake your survey – this will help you determine which species might be present and whether they are likely to be flowering at that time.
The list of Schedule 9 plants – if any would grow in your habitat and/or climate zone then it is possible they could be found on your planned project site(s).
When might a professional ecology \ site survey report be required?
If you are planning development on a site, it is important that you consider whether invasive species may be present. If invasive plants are likely to be present and their eradication or control will affect your proposed development, then you will need to ensure that their presence and likely impact are properly considered in the planning stages of the development.
You should get expert advice if you have any concern over whether invasive species may be present on a site; if they are not already known to be present, then their presence must be confirmed by an appropriately qualified specialist before any action is taken.
Where there is reasonable suspicion that invasive species might exist on land, a survey of the land should be carried out by someone with appropriate qualifications and experience in surveying for these invaders.
What is the best way to avoid delays to my project timeline?
To avoid delays to your project timeline, you should do the following:
Hire experienced invasive species specialists to get accurate results
Provide clear instructions on what you need from the survey and why it’s important
Make sure the site survey is carried out at the right time of year. For example, if it’s a winter site survey, ask if any recent works have been undertaken so it doesn’t affect results.
Hire experienced invasive species specialists like us!
Our experienced technicians are experienced in working with a range of habitats and local species to provide you with the most appropriate advice for your development.
We also have a team of invasive specialists who can help you with any invasive species that you have found on your site. If you need us to carry out an invasive species survey we will be happy to do so at the pre-planning stage, to avoid any delays later on in the project.
We can also advise on management options if you find them, or recommend potential mitigation measures to minimise their impact on your site.