Friday, 2 November 2012

RSPB reacts to Government ban on importing ash trees


Martin Harper, the RSPB’s Director of Conservation, said: “Ash trees are the crowd pleasers of nature; they do a lot for all kinds of different animals and plants, from providing great roosting sites and warm holes to nest in, to perfect places to forage for food and ideal spots to flourish and grow. Birds, bats, fungi, plants, insects and more all use ash trees in one way or another meaning this disease has the potential to damage ecosystems in a big way. 

“This is a stark reminder that non-native plants and animals can wreak havoc on already over-stressed habitats and native wildlife. While we welcome the Government’s ban on imports, it is not enough in itself.  The EU is currently developing new international legislation on invasive non-native species and this is a major opportunity to prevent future problems.  The big lesson here is that sometimes, strong environmental regulation is needed to protect all our interests.”

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