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Steve Backshall opens Canvey Wick- Britain’s 1st Bug reserve!

It’s official – Buglife now has a nature reserve, in partnership RSPB and Land Trust.  On Wednesday night  we had a hugely successful launch event to celebrate – there is a new car park, access track, interpretation  boards and for the first time people can officially visit the Canvey Wick and enjoy the wonderful site, wildflowers and wildlife.

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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

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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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Medway Council gives green light to development at Lodge Hill

Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) (c) Sam Ashfield

Last night Medway Council voted to grant planning permission for 5,000 houses at Lodge Hill.

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Tansy Beetle reintroduced to Wicken Fen after 32 year absence

Tansy beetle (Chrysolina Graminis) © Steven Falk

A very rare iridescent leaf beetle has been re-introduced to Wicken Fen nature reserve in Cambridgeshire in a joint project between The National Trust, Buglife and the Tansy Beetle Action Group (TBAG), with the support of government agency Natural England.

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Neonicotinoids Implicated in Mass Poisoning of Bumblebee Queens

Dead Bumblebee (c) Tony Gunton

One of the worst ever incidents of mass poisoning of wild bees in the UK has come to light – approaching 500 bumblebee queens were found dead and dying on the outskirts of London.

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