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New report says invasion of alien species to Ireland on the increase

February 2014

A new report from the National Biodiversity Data Centre says that invasion of alien species to Ireland is on the increase with nearly four times more seen in the wild in the last century than the previous one. Help is needed to combat their threat to our biodiversity, economy and health.

  • 13% of the alien species are listed as invasive species which have a negative impact on our economy and biodiversity
  • The estimated annual cost of alien species to Ireland is €261 million
  • 31 identification sheets have been produced to help people identify some of the invasive species already in Ireland and others that might soon arrive
  • This is a call to everyone to help prevent their introduction to Ireland and the wild and to report sightings of them.
For the full report click here


Last updated 7 February 2014 by