It's an offence in Scotland to:
- release an animal in captivity into an area it isn't native to
- plant or grow any plant outside of its native range
- keep any invasive species of animal or plant listed in the legislation
If your work involves a non-native species and could result in you breaking the law, you should apply for a non-native species licence.
Visit the Scottish Natural Heritage website for more information on non-native species licensing and how to apply.