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Entertainment: I'm A Celebrity 2021: Expert 'critter counter' hired after 2020 controversy

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I'm A Celebrity producers have hired someone to count the creepy crawlies that gets used in the upcoming series.

Bosses at the ITV reality show will need to keep a close eye on how many creepy critters that aren't native to Wales they use for Bushtucker Trials.

The team are under strict orders to keep track of foreign creatures that could cause chaos to Welsh eco systems - so they've hired someone to keep every critter accounted for, the Daily Star reports.

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It follows concern over the use of non-native species in last year's series, and claims last year that producers brought in Turkish crayfish for a watery challenge at Gwrych Castle without a special licence.

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The fish are listed as a non-native invasive species and keeping them - even in captivity - is outlawed.

The CEO of Buglife told The Guardian earlier this year: "Entertainment isn’t one of the reasons why people should be having these dangerously invasive species at all - they just shouldn’t be using invasive species for […] frivolous purposes."

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Springwatch’s Chris Packham also raised concerns about using creatures for trials that did not normally live in the Welsh woodlands.


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He warned: "If any of these species were to naturalise, we could have severe problems. We have a history in this country of invasive species causing enormous ecological damage."

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Now, ITV have vowed to work with the Welsh authorities to ensure they do not break any environmental laws.

They will have someone on the team who will now count every non-native species before it goes inside the Abergele castle grounds for trials.

And then they will do a second count when it is over to make sure nothing has escaped.

Natural Resources Wales have had talks with ITV ahead of the new series starting in late November so they don’t breach any laws.

An NRW spokeswoman said: "Last year neither the production company or ITV had a licence for non-native species.

"This year the production company have been advised that they can apply for a licence."

Last night an ITV spokesman said: "We’re working with all the relevant authorities on this series. We have a system in place within the controlled environment to ensure they were counted before, during and after."

With just weeks to go until the series is back on our screens, North Wales Live reported some of the rumoured faces we may see bunking down in the castle.

Some of those said to be taking part are Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson who plays Steve McDonald, Newcastle United legend David Ginola and Eastender's Ian Beale actor Adam Woodyatt.

The show, which is taking place at Gwrych Castle in Abergele again this year will start on Sunday, November 21.

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