Environmental Audit Committee

Invasive Species inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published. Awaiting Government Response.

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Report published

The Environmental Audit Committee launches an inquiry on the impacts of invasive species and their management.

Non-native species are those living outside their natural range which have arrived there by human activity, either deliberate or accidental. Of these, invasive species are those that negatively affect native biodiversity, ecosystem services and public health, through predation, competition or by transmitting disease. Invasive species are known to cost Great Britain at least £1.8 billion per year, mainly affecting the farming and horticultural sectors but also transport, construction, recreation, aquaculture and utilities.

Terms of reference: Invasive Species

Latest evidence

  • 25 Jun 2019 - Invasive species - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF377 KB) HC 88 | Published 24 Jul 2019

    Evidence given by Dr Emily Smith, Environment Manager, Angling Trust, Richard Atkinson, Waterways and Environment Policy Officer, British Canoeing, Kate Hills, Biosecurity and Invasives Manager, South West Water, Phil Brewin, Senior Environmental Officer, Somerset Consortium of Internal Drainage Boards representing the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA)Kevin Austin, Deputy Director, Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment, Environment Agency, Richard Shaw, Country Director, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), Sara Redstone, Plant Health Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Dr Anna Brown, Head of Tree Health and Contingency, Forestry Commission

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