Himalayan Balsam- change in legal status !!!!!

 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity

The order to change schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, will be made early in 2010 and will come into force on 06 April 2010.

Wildlife Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said:

“It is essential that our native species are given the protection they need to flourish.  2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and it’s more important than ever to do all that we can to halt the loss of biodiversity.  Stopping the spread of invasive non-native species makes a real difference to the survival of our own native plants, birds and animals.”

Himalayan Balsam has been added to the schedule 9

Section 14  prohibits planting in the wild of plants listed in Part II of schedule 9, or otherwise causing to them grow there. These provisions are necessary to prevent the establishment of non-native species which may be detrimental to our native wildlife.

Link to the full story and further background. http://www.webnewswire.com/node/492309

Further information on control can be found using the links at the right hand side of this page

Note:  The order to change schedule 9 was made on the 9 March 2010

Change in legal status

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