The UK Wants Only Native Species

Earlier this month the Department for Environmental Foods and Rural Affairs announced that it will clamp down on the number and type of species allowed into the UK. The goal is to protect habitat for native species. According to Joan Ruddock, Minister for Climate Change and Biodiversity, there are both environmental (habitat degredation) and economic (to the tune of £2 billion per year) impacts.

Some of the biggest culprits: the American bullfrog, various crayfish, rhododendron, Japanese knotweed and water hyacinth. Some of the new non-natives to make the list: grass carp, rosey-faced lovebird, water fern and Virginia creeper. DEFRA also reports that there are roughly 2,700 non-native species of concern in the UK, 1,800 of which are plants.

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