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A good summer for Devon and Cornwall rare bees

Andrena tarsata (c) Steven Falk

The South West Bees Project is celebrating some encouraging results for some of the UK’s most threatened bees this summer. 

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Win a Bug Hunt with Steve Backshall

Steve Backshall

Get your creative juices flowing this summer holiday and you could be the lucky winner of a torch light moth trapping night with Steve Backshall from TV’s Deadly 60. Simply paint, draw or make a collage picture of your favourite bug and tell us why it’s your favourite, to win this exciting experience and other signed Deadly 60 merchandise.

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Critically endangered tansy beetle rediscovered at Woodwalton Fen NNR after a 40 year absence

Tansy beetle (Chrysolina Graminis) © Steven Falk

The discovery at Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve (NNR) is significant as it demonstrates the resilience of the species when given the right conditions.   The site is all that remains of a great wetland around Whittlesey Mere which was drained in 1851, leading to the loss of many species of wildlife.

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Lanarkshires rare bugs to benefit from biodiversity grant

Blocked drainage ditch on bog © Craig Macadam

Rare bugs and butterflies are set to benefit from more than £190,000 of funding this September to help restore their raised bog habitat in the Scottish Lowlands. A grant from WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants generated by landfill tax through sites owned by FCC Environment, will enable the conservation charity Buglife to restore endangered habitats at Fannyside Muir on the Slamannan Plateau in North Lanarkshire.

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Bee a Bee Guardian

Brown-banded carder bee © Sam Ashfield

On Thursday 7th August, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and the RSPB are holding a workshop to recruit volunteer Bee Guardians to help survey the special bees found at Canvey Wick nature reserve. Canvey Wick is Buglife’s first nature reserve owned by the Land Trust and jointly managed by the RSPB and Buglife.

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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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