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Wales police investigate British TV show for releasing non-native bugs in wildlife

Police in Wales are investigating a British reality show after allegations that the show makers released non-native bugs in wildlife.

After presenter of the show Springwatch Iolo Williams complained about the release of non-native bugs in the Welsh countryside, police began investigation into the show “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”

The complaint is that non-native creatures like cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms have been released in the wildlife.




The allegations being investigated by Rural crime officers from the north Wales police are that these non-native creatures can threaten wildlife in 100-hectare estate which surrounds Gwrych Castle. It is at this place that the show is being held this year.

The ITV network’s show is under investigation after naturalist Iolo Williams filed a complaint against them. He was shocked to see the cockroaches being used that are not found in the UK and in North Wales.

As per Iolo, the contestants would still be carrying the insects even after they leave the enclosure.



ITV has reacted to the allegations and said that the species that were used are non-invasive. According to them, they are released in an open area and are collected immediately after shooting.

The statement further said, “they are all purchased commercially within the UK and are normally bred as animal food”. Natural Resources Wales — the authority which gives out licenses for release of species in the wild — did not receive any request from ITV.

It will be a breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act if the non-native creatures have been released by ITV without a license.

This is the second time recently that the show has faced complaints. Earlier, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) expressed serious concerns over the handling of animals on the show by the contestants.