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Aliens Invade Our Waterways

Aliens Invade Our Waterways

16th August 2011
Wild Rabbits

Wild Rabbits

With the increased travel of Human populations it is little wonder that numerous species around the world are now found far from their native lands. Introducing animals to different countries has been going on for centuries, with the first Rabbits thought to have appeared in the UK around 1,000 years ago and although they appear to have mixed well with British species, they can cause millions of pounds worth of damage every year to crops.

Not only do non-native species affect the welfare and livelihood of local people but they also often dominate their new habitats by either eating vast quantities of plants that countless native species depend on, or eating the animals themselves. A recent study released last week by the Environment Agency has compiled a "hit list" of the ten most invasive species in our waterways that can cost up £1.7 billion a year to maintain.


Killer-Shrimp
Killer-Shrimp

Water Primrose
Water Primrose

Floating Pennywort
Floating Pennywort

American Signal Crayfish
American Signal Crayfish

Topmouth Gudgeon
Topmouth Gudgeon

Giant Hogweed
Giant Hogweed

Japanese Knotweed
Japanese Knotweed

Himalayan Balsam
Himalayan Balsam

American Mink
American Mink

Parrotfeather
Parrotfeather

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