Date lodged: 20 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to prevent (a) conifer and (b) other non-native tree species spreading to non-forestry land outwith their native range, including open habitat that supports breeding waders.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 3 April 2019
Forestry Commission Scotland has published guidance which sets out the responsibilities of forest owners and managers to control the spread of non-native species in accordance with the UK Forestry Standard. The guidance is available via the following web link: https://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/images/corporate/pdf/managing-invasive-and-non-native-forestry-species.pdf ).
Through Scotland’s Rural Development Programme, grant support is available to landowners to remove regenerating (a) conifer and (b) other non-native trees and scrub from designated open habitats, where the presence of that regeneration is leading to a loss in open habitat condition, including nesting habitats for breeding waders.