Wildlife workers in Northumberland have welcomed a report highlighting the impact of ‘alien invaders’.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust has backed the report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, which sets out the cost and consequences of the arrival of invasive non-native species in the UK.
The study calls for the Government to do more to prevent alien wildlife arriving, as well as urging partnership work and long-term investment to tackle the problems of established populations.
The wildlife trust is already working to try to prevent further decline of native red squirrels, white-clawed crayfish and water voles, which have suffered from interaction with non-native species. Tailored programmes of science, management and re-introduction are ongoing.
Head of Conservation Steve Lowe said: “In Northumberland many communities are committed to working with us to retain their beloved native wildlife, but these activities are costly and long-term.
“Whilst we recognise the importance of international movement of goods and people to the regional economy, we hope the new report improves awareness about the future environmental and social costs we will incur without better protection, vigilance and regulation.”