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Environmental Audit Committee Slams Neonicotinoids

Buglife is delighted by the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC)  report to the National Pollinator Strategy. The committee are unequivocal in their desire for the precautionary principle to be the overriding issue when it comes to permitting the use of neonicotinoids. The report is strong and hard hitting giving clear direction to the national strategy and making the point that it should be a national strategy not just a departmental one.

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Missing Royal found more than twenty-five years since last sighting

Royal Splinter Crane Fly (Gnophomyia elsneri) © Alan Stubbs

Buglife’s Alan Stubbs and Dr Sarah Henshall found a male Royal Splinter Crane fly, Gnophomyia elsneri, the first species record since 1986.    This extremely rare fly is associated with wet wood mould in decaying beech trees and is only known from two locations in the world: High Standing Hill, Windsor and a one off recording from a light trap in Slovakia. This is only the third time this fly has ever been recorded.

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Think before you pull Ragwort

Ragwort at Bug House © Paul Hetherington

Buglife is asking people to think hard before they pull ragwort from local fields and meadows. Ragwort has been implicated in the poisoning of horses and other grazing animals, though poisoning is actually much rarer than people realise and generally occurs when ragwort has been cut within a hay crop and fed to animals.

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Bee Coalition welcomes Government’s public ‘Call to Action'

James Bailey

Members of the Bee Coalition today (Friday 18 July) welcome the Government’s public ‘Call to Action’ to help reverse the decline of bees and other pollinating insects by helping meet their needs for food and a home. The call comes ahead of the Government launching its final National Pollinator Strategy in autumn this year. On Friday 18th July, Environment Department DEFRA launches a public and practical Call to Action in support of Britain’s bees and to help people know what they can do to play their part in reversing bee and pollinator decline.

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Trust rears rare Devon species

White-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) © John Mason

A Devon conservation charity has taken another step to help save a threatened native species. The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, based at Paignton Zoo, has teamed up with the Environment Agency and Buglife to rear white-clawed crayfish.

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Bee Coalition welcomes new opportunities for bees with reshuffle

Emran Kassim

Members of The Bee Coalition today appeal to the new Environment Secretary, Liz Truss MP to step up efforts to address pollinator issues. On Tuesday 15th July, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Liz Truss MP will take over as Environment Secretary after the sacking of Owen Paterson. Liz Truss, Conservative MP for South West Norfolk, has previously been active in bringing attention to inadequate flood defence systems following 2013/14 winter floodings.

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