The Environment Agency released its most wanted list- of alien invaders. Certain types of plants and animals are threatening to take over Britain’s waterways.
Invasive species cost the UK economy an estimated £1.7billion every year. The Environment Agency currently spends over £2million a year controlling invasive species.
Trevor Renals, invasive species expert at the Environment Agency said:”River water quality is the best its been since before the industrial revolution. But if we don’t control invasive species, we risk losing some of our precious native species and incurring even more clean up costs. We could also fall short of the strict EU targets for our rivers and lakes.
The Environment Agency has the following 10 species on its hitlist:
2. Water Primrose
3. Floating Pennywort
4. American Signal Crayfish
5. Topmouth Gudgeon
6. Giant Hogweed
7. Japanese Knotweed
8. Himalayan Balsam
10. Parrot’s Feather