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Britain’s rarest spider found at a new site, and photographed

Horrid ground weaver

Conservation charity Buglife is celebrating some exciting news.  Surveys for Britain’s rarest spider, the Horrid ground-weaver, have discovered a new population in Plymouth.   And, for the first time ever, this elusive spider has been captured in a photograph – alive! The Horrid ground-weaver spider (Nothophantes horridus) has become somewhat of a local celebrity, after a successful Crowdfunder appeal started by Buglife raised over £10,000 in public donations. The funding has supported new surveys for this elusive species across Plymouth and South Devon.

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New bugs discovered on remote Atlantic island

A number of invertebrates new to the tiny UK overseas territory of St Helena have been discovered by Liza Fowler, the Bugs on the Brink Educational Officer. Invertebrate expert Dr Roger Key examined photographs taken by Liza and confirmed her finds, whilst working on a new invertebrate guide for the island also part of Buglife’s ‘Bugs on the Brink’ project.

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Buglife and Torbay Council celebrate new funding to get Torbay Buzzing!

Bombus lapidaries © Rory Dimond

Wildlife charity Buglife and Torbay Council are launching a new local nature initiative to help stop the decline in Torbay’s bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, and create new wildlife-filled spaces for people to enjoy. The new Torbay’s Buzzing project is funded by a £28,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), along with £20,000 committed by Torbay Council.

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Wildlife charity ‘giving a dam’ about climate change and flood prevention

New dam on Fannyside Muir

Wildlife charity Buglife Scotland has announced the installation of the 1000th dam in their ambitious Slamannan bog restoration project, which is helping to repair damaged lowland raised peat bogs in central Scotland. One year into this exciting project, Buglife have installed 1000 dams across more than 110 hectares of damaged bog (an area larger than 270 football pitches!) and cleared over 8 hectares of invasive conifers and scrub at Fannyside Muir, near Cumbernauld.  

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Big numbers for the tiny Tansy

Tansy beetle

The number of Tansy beetles found along the banks of the River Ouse has grown again in 2015, taking the estimated number of beetles to just over 24,000.  The annual survey, carried out by volunteers in late summer, has shown an increase of about 3000 beetles since last year.  Geoff Oxford, who co-ordinates the annual surveys on behalf of the Tansy Beetle Action Group (TBAG), said ‘These figures are the highest since we started full annual surveys in 2009.  It’s another great year for the beetles’.

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It’s going to start buzzing in Birmingham

Biffa, Buglife, Birmingham, Bees, Bristol a lot of b’s all add up to Urban Buzz, an eight city project to create habitat for pollinators.  Today Buglife are launching this ambitious new program of activity that will work with local people in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Plymouth and York to design and deliver flower rich areas to benefit bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

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