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Neonicotinoids Pose Toxic Risk to Animals in Field Margins and Hedges

New studies reviewed by Buglife show neonicotinoids are being widely spread, through the air and water, into hedgerows, meadows, rivers and ponds, where they can damage a great range of wildlife.


Rare spider discovered in Northern Ireland

Malthonica silvestris (c) Mick Massie

A rare house spider has been found for the first time in Northern Ireland. The Wood house-spider (Malthonica silvestris), closely related to the house spiders that people often find in their houses in the autumn, had only ever been found in Ireland, much further south in Cork.


Saving the small things that manage our water

Buglife's freshwater strategy

Today on World River’s Day, Buglife are launching a strategy for freshwater invertebrates. The charity has long championed the small things that run the planet but are now turning the focus on the often forgotten invertebrates that live in our freshwaters.


Putting nature at the heart of plans for farming and for water

Environment sector sets out visions for farming and for water in two influential publications


US Court rules out new neonicotinoid

Judges in the U.S. yesterday ruled that the pesticide regulator Environmental Protection Agency had erred in allowing the use of sulfoxaflor a new type of neonicotinoid, insecticides that have been contributing to the decline of bees and other pollinators.  The court highlighted that the EPA had used "flawed and limited data" to justify its approval and concluded "Given the precariousness of bee populations, leaving the EPA's registration of sulfoxaflor in place risked more potential environmental harm".


Flying Start for Fife’s Buzzing Project

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) © Suzanne Bairner

One year into this exciting wildflower meadow project, the Fife’s Buzzing project has already created more than 3 hectares of native flower-rich grassland.


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