Invasive non-native species are non-native plants and animals that have the ability to spread causing damage to the environment, economy, our health and the way we live.
These can include animals and plants that have been here a long time such as rabbits, the brown rat and rhododendron, as well as more recent arrivals.
The economic impact of invasive non-native species is unknown. Therefore, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have asked Invasive Species Ireland to undertake research into the economic costs of invasive non-native species to the economies of Ireland and Northern Ireland and to various sectors.
We have been asked to provide estimates not only for direct costs e.g. containment, management, eradication and restoration but also less obvious costs such as reduction in recreational revenue, additional flooding, reduction in biodiversity etc.
If you have relevant information on the economic impact of invasive species please submit this by email to email@example.com.
For reference please see the following link for a list of the species which have been flagged as being of particular interest. This list is not exhaustive:
Please submit your response by Friday 30th March 2012.