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Europe unites for pollinators

The European pollinator initiative has had a tremendous public response from across the European Union believed to be the fourth highest all time response to and EU environmental consultation. In total 66,579 public replies were received. It is estimated that 84% of EU crop species and 78% of wildflower species rely on insect pollination. The ecosystem service provided to the EU by pollinators is valued at €22 billion per year. Pollinators provide an excellent indicator of the health of our environment and underpin essential services.

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Wildlife organisations across Europe unite for pollinators

29 wildlife organisations from across Europe have made a joint submission to the pollinator initiative consultation put out by the 28 member European Union. It is estimated that 84% of EU crop species and 78% of wildflower species rely on insect pollination. The ecosystem service provided to the EU by pollinators is valued at €22 billion per year. Pollinators provide an excellent indicator of the health of our environment and underpin essential services.

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Can you help the little things that run the planet

Buglife is the only charity in the UK and the EU that works to conserve all invertebrates. We are looking for three motivated and talented individuals to join our Board of Trustees.  Buglife has thirty staff members spread across the UK and runs some of the nation’s biggest bee and pollinator conservation projects, we are also active on freshwater conservation and look after the bugs everywhere in the UK and abroad.

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EU Regulatory Scientists Confirm Neonics harm bees

Bombus humilis (c) Sam Ashfield

Today the European Food Standards Authority has published its scientific reviews of the evidence linking the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides to bee harm and decline.  The Authority reviewed nearly 1,000 papers and concludes that clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam all pose a high risk to wild bees and honeybees – in fact nearly 600 high risk pathways are confirmed.  

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Pressure mounts on Tilbury expansion

As Buglife’s petition to stop the Tilbury expansion approaches 75,000 signatures, Natural England have submitted a very strong condemnation of the impact of losing the valuable wildlife site around the Tilbury Power Station.  

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Join the Hunt for the Northern February red stonefly

Female Northern February red (Brachyptera putata) © Gus Jones

Members of the public are being asked to help with a Scotland-wide survey to map the location of the Northern February red stonefly (Brachyptera putata).   The Northern February red stonefly was first found in the River Clyde in 1838, but now it mainly occurs in northern Scotland, particularly the north-east and the Highlands. Outside of Scotland, it has only been found in two other rivers, the Usk in Wales and the Wye near Hereford.  

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