Wildlife Law Project: Control of Non-native Species
The Law Commission today released Wildlife Law: Control of Non-native Species, the first report from their Wildlife project for England and Wales. The project includes consideration of the law relating to the conservation, control, protection and exploitation of wildlife.
Invasive non-native species are ones that arrive as a result of human action and cause environmental and economic damage. They pose a significant threat to ecosystems as well as damaging property and infrastructure. Existing law does not contain sufficient powers to allow for their timely and effective control or eradication. The report recommends granting powers to ‘relevant bodies’ including Forestry Commission, Natural England, the Environment Agency and NRW in this regard.It will enable Defra and the Welsh government to consider legislation in this area.