What is an invasive / alien species?
Invasive species have been recently introduced (non-native) into an area where their natural predators, competitors and diseases are absent. Therefore there are no limiting factors on the introduced species growth, hence they compete with the native species and change the natural habitat diversity.
Not all introduced species become invasive but the few that have have caused significant damage.
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to release any non-native species into the wild.
What are some of the invasive species in the UK?
A few examples of invasive non-native species are:
North American Bullfrog,
Spanish Bluebell and
How can I remove invasive species from my garden?
The Dorset Wildlife Trust has produced several leaflets on how to control and remove invasive plants in Dorset. Please call on 01305 264620 for more information.