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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

  • Not just the bees - Pollinating flies are disappearing

    Buglife is deeply concerned by the findings of a paper published today by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology as part of the National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. Fast on the heels of the stark news of global insect declines we learn that UK pollinator species, including hoverflies as well as bees, have on average gone extinct in one out of every four places they were found thirty years ago....

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  • Urban Buzz Celebration of Targets Smashed

    Buglife’s Urban Buzz project held a celebration event today as the end of project on 31 March approaches. This ambitious project aimed to create pollinator friendly space within the urban environment across 12 cities or towns: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Plymouth, St Austell, Truro, Wadebridge and York....

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  • Parliament get serious about insect declines

    Alex Sobel MP is hosting a House of Commons debate from 11.00 on Wednesday about insect declines sparked by the recent global review of insect declines Sanchez-Bayo and Wyckhuys 2019. Matt Shardlow Buglife’s Chief Executive will be in attendance....

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Events

  • On the trail of the lonesome ant

    Saturday 13 July 2019, 10.40am – 12.45pm Chudleigh Knighton Heath nature reserve, 1.5 miles east of Bovey Tracey, south Devon TQ13 0EY  ...

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  • Run Fest Run

    Buglife will be represented at the RunFestRun event by the Back from the Brink, Ancients of the Future Project They will be tlaking about the uimportance of deadwood habitat, veteran trees ad the wonderful fauna dependent on these veterans of our woods and parks. ...

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  • Freshwater Snail Workshop

    Location:  Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G53 7NN Freshwater snails are a diverse and fascinating group of molluscs which are abundant in rivers, canals, ponds and lochs....

    06/02/2019 image

News

Not just the bees - Pollinating flies are disappearing

Buglife is deeply concerned by the findings of a paper published today by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology as part of the National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. Fast on the heels of the stark news of global insect declines we learn that UK pollinator species, including hoverflies as well as bees, have on average gone extinct in one out of every four places they were found thirty years ago.... 26/03/2019 image

Urban Buzz Celebration of Targets Smashed

Buglife’s Urban Buzz project held a celebration event today as the end of project on 31 March approaches. This ambitious project aimed to create pollinator friendly space within the urban environment across 12 cities or towns: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Plymouth, St Austell, Truro, Wadebridge and York.... 21/03/2019 image

Events

Freshwater Snail Workshop

Location:  Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, South Nitshill Industrial Estate, Glasgow, G53 7NN Freshwater snails are a diverse and fascinating group of molluscs which are abundant in rivers, canals, ponds and lochs.... 03/26/2019 image

Run Fest Run

Buglife will be represented at the RunFestRun event by the Back from the Brink, Ancients of the Future Project They will be tlaking about the uimportance of deadwood habitat, veteran trees ad the wonderful fauna dependent on these veterans of our woods and parks. ... 05/31/2019 to 06/02/2019 image

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