‘£2bn invasive species threat’ to be investigated by MPs

An inquiry examining the threat to the UK posed by invasive species has been launched by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) this morning.

EAC says the UK is “witnessing a rise in the introduction of non-native species” and that their damaging effects cost the UK an estimated £2 billion every year.

The inquiry will look at the impact and management of non-native species, which the committee says have a “detrimental effect on native biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as public health, with threats posed by predatory behaviour, competition or by transmitting disease”.

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