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Species Control Agreements and Species Control Orders

Species Control Agreements and Species Control Orders set out measures that must be taken to control or eradicate an invasive non-native animal or plant. They can only be made by 'relevant bodies'. These are: Scottish Ministers (including Marine Scotland); Scottish Natural Heritage; Scottish Environment Protection Agency; and Forestry Commissioners.

Unless the situation is urgent, these relevant bodies must offer a voluntary Species Control Agreements to the owner or occupier of the premises, before they can make a compulsory Species Control Order. Where the relevant body considers that the situation is urgent, it can make an Emergency Species Control Order, without first attempting to make an Species Control Agreements .

  • Species Control Agreements are voluntary and are used to formalise what steps need to be taken, by whom and by when, in respect of INNS.
  • Species Control Orders are compulsory and can be used to compel certain actions in respect of INNS, when the voluntary approach has failed or the situation is urgent.

Species Control Agreements and Orders and the powers of access related to them are covered under sections 14D to O of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). These provisions were inserted into the 1981 Act by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011. external site For details of the legislation relating to Species Control Agreements and Orders, please refer to Section 16 of 2011 Act.

Chapter 9 of the Code of Practice on Non-Native Species external site gives an overview of the relevant bodies' powers to make Species Control Agreements and Orders.

Bodies who issue control orders

The roles and remit of the relevant bodies with powers to issue Species Control Agreements and Orders are listed in the Framework of Responsibilities  PDF document   set out in section 10 of the Code of Practice on Non-Native Species.

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