Tackling fresh invasive species threat must be a government priority

National Trust Press Office

Today marks the start of Invasives Week, which aims to raise awareness of the huge problem of invasive non-native species like the American Signal crayfish.

During Invasives Week, which is led by nature NGO coalition Wildlife & Countryside Link, conservation organisations will be pressing the UK government to do more to work alongside other European Union member states to prevent the spread of invasive species across the continent.

According to Dr David Bullock, Head of Nature Conservation, invasive species are a growing problem for the National Trust.

“Dealing with invasive species at our places costs the National Trust thousands of pounds every year. As a conservation charity looking after 250,000 hectares of countryside, 775 miles of coastline and hundreds of ponds, lakes and rivers, we’re very aware of the impact of invasive species on our native wildlife.”

Attempts to control invasive species at National Trust have met with varying…

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