Licence to release non-native wildlife and plants

Last updated: 1 February 2018

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.