Alien Species

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Britain is in the top 10 countries for alien or invasive species. Not a good record to have, but from the colonial times, specimen hunters returned to these islands with all sorts of wonderful and diverse species. A lot of them escaped from captivity and found our island to their liking. Some have settled in without a great impact on our native wildlife, for example, Mandarin Ducks. Others have devastated the natural wildlife and caused untold damage, for example, Grey Squirrels. On top of this, we have a passion for gardens, and collectors returned with all sorts of plants which now litter our landscape, changing it forever. We never seem to learn, and now we spend millions of pounds trying to eradicate some of them. To compound our problems, in the 70s and 80s animal rights extremist decided to release mink from the fur farms, thinking they were doing something good. As a result, mink are now decimating our kingfisher and Water Vole populations, to name but 2. So here are a few of the invasive species on our little island.

Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata

Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata

Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri

Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri

Grey Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis

American Mink, Neovison vison

American Mink, Neovison vison

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