S.I. 477 of 2011
European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011
On the 21st of September 2011, the Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht signed into Irish law, regulations, which among other significant provisions, strengthen the controls on the introduction of non-native species to Ireland.
The strengthened provisions were brought about in response to the growing number of non-native species which may impact on species, habitats, human health and the economy.
Regulations 49 and 50 specifically relate to non-native species and a synopsis of what they entail and mean for various sectors are provided in this series.
S.I. 477 of 2011 Advice Note to Local Authorities
Invasive non-native knotweeds are a group of plants that can grow vigorously and are easily spread from tiny fragments of the plant. They negatively impact on:
- flooding & water quality
- infrastructure & development
The European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 contain important new provisions to address the problem of invasive species. The threat of invasive knotweeds is relevant to all, with obligations on Local Authorities, public bodies, contractors, etc. and how they manage invasive knotweed species.