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Final phase of large bog restoration project completed

Wildlife Charity Buglife Scotland and partners Forest Enterprise Scotland, North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust have completed the final phase of a large bog restoration project at Fannyside Muir, near Cumbernauld.

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Buglife concern as first Asian hornets confirmed in England

Buglife concern as first Asian hornets confirmed in England Defra have confirmed the first Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) in the UK, two have been found in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.  This suggests there may be a nest, but it has not been located and it is unclear how the hornets arrived. From a public health perspective this invasive hornet poses no more risk to humans than the Common wasp.  However, it poses a serious threat to bees and food pollination. This is because wild bees, but particularly honeybees, are the Asian hornet’s food of choice.

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More than one in ten UK species threatened with extinction, new study finds

It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now - that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.  

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Second innings for endangered crickets on hallowed Sussex ground

A population of one of Britain’s most endangered insects will receive a boost when more of the bugs are released for the second year running at a new habitat on the South Downs in Sussex.   The wart-biter cricket, which gets its name from the ancient Swedish medical practice of using them to bite off human skin warts, was once found across southern England. But their numbers have declined so dramatically that they are now found only in five locations, three of which are in Sussex.  

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Conservation partnership unites to protect precious dune habitat in Sutherland from development

Scotland’s leading conservation charities are calling on developer to withdraw plans for golf course on unspoiled coastal site rich in wildlife   The Scottish Wildlife Trust, RSPB Scotland, BugLife and Plantlife Scotland have come together to campaign against a proposal to build a golf course at Coul Links in East Sutherland. The four organisations are aghast at a proposal which would destroy one of Scotland’s last remaining undeveloped coastal dune habitats.

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A thrill for the shrill in Cardiff

The Shrill carder bee, Bombus sylvarum, the UK’s rarest bumblebee, was spotted at an Urban Buzz site in Cardiff. Through Buglife’s Urban Buzz Project in Cardiff, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust ran a BeeWalk workshop at Hendre Lake in St Mellons. The event aimed to discover which species of bumblebee were in the area and to support individuals wishing to take part in their national recording scheme BeeWalk.

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