Non-native invasive species cost the UK economy £1.8bn every year, according to government figures. Experts believe the UK is home to around 2,000 non-native species, with about 10-15% of these deemed invasivel. According to DEFRA’s own estimates, between 36 and 48 new invasive species will become established in the next 20 years in Great Britain.
EU Regulation 1143/2014/EU: On the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species
05 Nov 2014
Following an Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) inquiry into the threat invasives pose to the UK, the cross-party group of MPs concluded that slowing the rate of arrival of invasive species should be the government’s first priority and that “even the smallest biosecurity measures are worth taking”.