UK's most wanted...
Coming soon to an ecosystem near you?
22 September 2017 by Sylvie Kruiniger
You've probably heard of the harlequin ladybird and you've certainly seen a grey squirrel, but what about others that might be on their way?
Invasive non-native species are estimated to cost Britain around £1·7 billion a year, with 15% of new arrivals posing a threat to biodiversity, economy or society. In 2014, Professor Helen Roy at NERC's Centre for Ecology & Hydrology led a team that pinpointed invasive non-native species that could arrive and pose a serious threat to UK biodiversity.
Professor Helen Roy said:
Predicting the next new arrivals is hard. We gathered experts on many species across all environments and used consensus methods to list those we thought would arrive within ten years, establish themselves and harm biodiversity and ecosystems. By figuring this out we've been able to help limit the impact of their arrival and focus efforts to protect native species.
NERC-funded researchers empower government, business and local research and communities to prevent and control invasive species, saving money and protecting ecosystem services.