The makers of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! brought invasive crayfish to north Wales without a licence, according to an investigation by a UK wildlife charity, prompting fresh calls for police to investigate the popular ITV show.
Turkish crayfish were used in “bushtucker trials” in episode five of the series, hosted live from Gwrych Castle in north Wales at the end of last year, but the show did not have permission to possess them, the Buglife investigation found.
The revelations come four months after the Guardian revealed police launched an investigation into the show over concerns non-native species from the set were escaping into the Welsh countryside.
TV presenter and naturalist Iolo Williams said: “What this does is reinforce my thoughts that it was highly irresponsible to posses or release non-native species in this area. It doesn’t matter how safe they claim the whole process to be, it’s still highly irresponsible.
“We know we have massive issues with non-native species that have been introduced in the past, and ones that are constantly being introduced – this is costing the country millions of pounds each year.”