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Bug facts

  • £367 million

    annual value of dung beetles to the UK.

  • £691 million

    annual value of pollination in the UK.

  • 8 out of 10

    wildflowers depend on insect pollination 

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News

  • The National Bug Vote

    Today Buglife have launched a national bug vote for the four home nations to choose a bug to grace the front of new Buglife membership leaflets. In each nation Buglife have produced a shortlist of four very different invertebrates from which to choose some rare and some less so. Voting will be open for 2 weeks closing at noon on 4 June....

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  • Could our obsession with mobile technology destroy wildlife

    A scientific review of the impacts of electromagnetic radiation launched today reveals our limited understanding about how changes we are making to the environment may be damaging wildlife.  Pollution levels have been rapidly rising, and plans for saturating coverage of wi-fi and 5G will push levels higher still.  Despite concerning evidence that such radiation could harm plants, insects, birds...

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  • Court confirms neonicotinoid ban was legal

    Today the EU Court of Justice confirmed that the 2013 European Commission decision to protect bees by introducing a ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides on flowering crops, was proper and legal.  Bayer and Syngenta had challenged the decisions, throwing everything at the cases and claiming that: the EC exceeded its remit; the economic cost to the pesticide industry should have bee...

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Events

News

The National Bug Vote

Today Buglife have launched a national bug vote for the four home nations to choose a bug to grace the front of new Buglife membership leaflets. In each nation Buglife have produced a shortlist of four very different invertebrates from which to choose some rare and some less so. Voting will be open for 2 weeks closing at noon on 4 June.... 17/05/2018 image

Could our obsession with mobile technology destroy wildlife

A scientific review of the impacts of electromagnetic radiation launched today reveals our limited understanding about how changes we are making to the environment may be damaging wildlife.  Pollution levels have been rapidly rising, and plans for saturating coverage of wi-fi and 5G will push levels higher still.  Despite concerning evidence that such radiation could harm plants, insects, birds... 17/05/2018 image

Events

Meet the Narrow-headed ant

Sat 26 May 10.30am – 12.30pm Meet the Narrow-headed ant Devon Wildlife Trust Chudleigh Knighton Heath nature reserve, south Devon SX 8397 7687... 05/26/2018 image

Nest Quest wildlife survey

Sat 26 May 1.15pm – 3.30pm Nest Quest wildlife survey Devon Wildlife Trust Chudleigh Knighton Heath nature reserve, south Devon SX 8397 7687... 05/26/2018 image

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