Thursday, February 28, 2013

Problem of "Introduced Species" in the UK

The Non-native Species Secretariat has responsibility for helping to coordinate the approach to invasive non-native species in Great Britain.  We are responsible to a Programme Board which represents the relevant governments and agencies of England, Scotland and Wales.

What are invasive species?

Animals and plants that have been introduced to a place where they do not naturally occur are known as non-native species. Many of these live happily in the UK without causing a problem but a few become what's called invasive.
Invasive species upset the balance of the ecosystem as they may be bigger, faster growing or more aggressive than the native species. They may also have fewer natural predators to control numbers. The native species are often unable to compete and fairly quickly the invasive species take over.

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