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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.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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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