Scientists warn against new bill for UK native species

Twenty four leading scientists have signed an open letter in the journal Nature calling for changes to the government’s proposed Infrastructure Bill, which they claim “will lead to an irreversible loss of native biodiversity.” 

The letter in Nature, written by Dr Sarah Durant, Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and co-signed by 23 other experts, expresses the scientists’ concerns with the draft bill, which introduces a new definition of non-native species to England and Wales.

The scientists, all experts in the fields of conservation, zoology and ecosystem ecology, claim that the Infrastructure Bill, in its current form, could limit the diversity of British wildlife and have grave repercussions for countless species such as the red kite, the corncrake and the barn owl.

The letter will be published on 21 August 2014 in Nature.

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