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Brownfield or greenfield – it’s not a black and white issue

West Thurrock Marshes Southern Ashfield (c) Greg Hitchcock

Let’s change our assumptions about developing land – that’s the message from national land management charity The Land Trust and Buglife, who want to remind politicians it’s not as simple as brown versus green.


Turning the Thames Gateway green

West Thurrock Marshes Southern Ashfield (c) Greg Hitchcock

The long term future for one of the most important and high profile wildlife sites in the UK, in the heart of the Thames Gateway has now been secured.


Do you own a solitary bee home that looks like this? University scientists need your help

Osmia Nest (c) Beth Nicholls

Scientists at the University of Sussex are studying the effects of a group of controversial insecticides known as neonicotinoids on solitary bees and need help from the public. So that a range of areas across the UK can be tested, Sussex Uni are asking people to donate a tube or two from their solitary bee homes, so they can sample the nests for pesticide residues


Steve Backshall opens Canvey Wick- Britain’s first Bug Reserve

Just days before slipping into his dancing shoes and sequined shirt, Steve Backshall did what he does best- spoke passionately about all things creepy and crawly, took children bug hunting in the dark and officially opened Canvey Wick- Britain’s first Bug Reserve in Essex.


Millions of freshwater pearl mussels wiped out by pollution

Badenoch and Strathspey Conservation Group (BSCG) has released a report by the James Hutton Institute, released under a freedom of information act request, that suggests there has been a 50% decline in Freshwater pearl mussels in the River Spey over the last 15 years. The report says scientists had identified pollutants, such as high levels of phosphorus from detergents, fertilisers and human waste, as being the cause of the harm, with the worse affected area being in the vicinity of Aviemore


Fife’s Buzzing wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) © Suzanne Bairner

Today, Buglife has received £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Fife’s Buzzing, to take place across the Kingdom of Fife. This project will create colourful wildflower meadows for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.  


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