Rural crime officers in north Wales are looking into the site after complaints were made about the possibility of non-native creatures (the 'critters' used in the bushtucker trials) escaping into the surrounding areas, according to a recent Guardian article.
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The likes of cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms are used in the ITV show's gruesome trials and, says the report, they could put local wildlife on the 250-acre estate surrounding the castle at risk.
The complaint was made by TV's Iolo Williams who presents Springwatch, and who told the publication, "I’m not sure which species they’re releasing, but I can tell you they’re not native. We don’t have those cockroaches here in the UK and we certainly don’t have them in north Wales."
Iolo was apparently appalled by the trials and explained that, though the trails supposedly take place in a contained area, the contestants will probably walk out of that area with creatures still attached to them.
He said, "There are going to be cockroaches in every nook and cranny along their bodies, you’re going to tell me that every single one of those is found immediately? Of course it’s not."
ITV have responded to the presenter's comments and said, "They are only ever released in a contained area and collected immediately after filming.
"They are all purchased commercially within the UK and are normally bred as animal food."
ITV declined to comment on which specific species were being used in the trials but, from our observation, presenters Ant and Dec have certainly confirmed the use of cockroaches during the trails.
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In regards to the danger of cockroaches, Iolo said, "Cockroaches are the ultimate survivors, and if they survive in north Wales and escape into the wild there, what effect are they going to have?
"I don’t know, nobody knows … I just find it incredible that they’re allowed to do this, and I’m not being a killjoy here. Why not use fish guts, or offal?"
Well, there certainly has been a lot of fish guts and offal but, granted, a lot of critters, too.
We guess we'll have to just wait and see how this plays out.
Just when you didn't think 2020 could take another turn for the worse, now we might be dealing with wildlife-threatening cockroaches. To quote the Queen on The Crown series four, "Oh dear."