The Legal Classification of Invasive Plants
In response to the increased threat to Ireland’s habitats and biodiversity, the government introduced The European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations in 2011. Amongst other initiatives under these regulations, for the first time, the government published a schedule of non-
Drawing from the experience of other countries, and informed by data collected by The National Biodiversity Data Centre and environmental risk assessments carried out by Invasive Species Ireland, a number of established invasive plants have been identified as posing a particular environmental threat. The most unwanted species have been selected from the highest scoring of all the species assessed, and information on each of these species is provided below. Further information and plant identification sheets can be found by following the links on our website or by visiting the National Biodiversity Data Centre website.