‘We need an invasive species inspectorate’, experts say

Introducing an inspectorate that looks at intervention, biosecurity, prevention and enforcement is key to tackling the problem of invasive species, according to expert evidence heard by MPs.

Dr Peter Robertson, professor of wildlife management at the University of Newcastle, told the Environmental Audit Committee this morning that creating such an inspectorate should be one of the government’s top priorities.

In Great Britain, work on invasive species is carried out by the Non-native Species Secretariat (NNIS) while the Animal and Plant Health Agency deals with endemic and exotic diseases and pests in animals and plants.

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