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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.


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. 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.


New map helps you to build B-Lines

What the B-Lines map looks like so far

To help us keep track of how the B-Lines network is developing we need to find out what is happening around the country. We are therefore launching a new interactive map which will allow everyone to let us know what they are doing within the mapped B-Lines. 


Heritage Lottery Fund support keeps Peterborough buzzing

Families can get up close and personal with wildlife © Steven Falk

Buglife have secured £51,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the exciting Peterborough’s Buzzing project, which will work with local communities to transform mown grassland into colourful, wildflower-rich havens for both people and wildlife.


Disease outbreak in Dorset river affects native White-clawed crayfish

White-clawed crayfish (c) SWCP

Until recently the River Allen’s native White-clawed crayfish population, one of the few remaining in Dorset, has managed to remain free from disease but dead and distressed crayfish were recently spotted in the river in July. Samples were sent to the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for disease analysis and they have now confirmed that the crayfish are infected with crayfish plague.


Bumblebees most spotted in Great British bee count


Yellow and black bumblebees have been the most common species seen by people logging bee sightings for The Great British Bee Count this summer, using a smartphone app developed by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q, interim results released today (Thursday 21 August) reveal. 


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