Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Reporting non-native plants

Reporting non-native plants

You can contribute to the efforts being made to map the extent of invasions by reporting non-native species.

If you want to report your finding, make a note of:

  • the date
  • the species
  • the number or quantity seen
  • the national grid reference
  • take a photo if possible as this may help verify the record.

Where to report:


  • In Northern Ireland, report invasive non-native species (INNS) to CEDaR Online Recording
  • In Scotland, record your sighting online, using the INNS reporting tool on the SEWeb website -
  • The Aquainvaders app is also a useful recording tool for sightings of non-native species aquatic non-native species, such as fish, crayfish, amphibians, shrimp, killer mussels and Mink. (Web: )  

In this Guideline

Your legal responsibilities in Northern Ireland

Your legal responsibilities in Scotland

Identifying invasive plants

Reporting non-native species

How invasive plants spread

Handling and working with invasive plants

Spraying invasive plants with herbicide

Digging up invasive plants

Cutting and burning invasive plants

Burying invasive plant material on site

Disposing of invasive plants and contaminated soils off-site

Non-native and invasive plants environmental legislation

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