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Oil seed rape crop yields above average

Government urged to back tougher measures on neonicotinoids Oilseed rape yields this year are at their highest ever levels, only twice before has the average yield reached 3.9 tonnes per hectare – in 2011 and 2015, new figures released today reveal.  Yields after the neonicotinoid flowering crop ban are averaging 0.2 tonnes higher than in the four years before the ban.


Conservation alliance calls on public to defend irreplaceable natural jewel

Internationally important dunelands in Sutherland threatened by exclusive golf course plans A coalition of Scotland’s leading conservation charities is asking the public to support their objections to The Highland Council on the proposed destruction of Coul Links – an irreplaceable piece of Scotland’s natural heritage.


NGOs call for wildlife havens to be protected from new development

Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) has published new guidance to help Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) deal with development applications on brownfield land in England. The coalition of green NGOs is hoping the guidance will reduce the number of inappropriate developments given the go-ahead.


York Urban Buzzing Success

Insect pollinators now have much more suitable habitat across York thanks to Urban Buzz. The project started in late 2015 with some challenging targets to meet. The people of this historic city have been nothing short of incredible in their dedication to the cause. They have improved the habitat value at 134 locations around York enhancing a total of 38 hectares. Overall, a magnificent 2,229 people have contributed their time and energy to Urban Buzz York giving a total of 6,514 hours to the creation of pollinator habitat.


Urban Buzzing Birmingham Success

Birmingham has been buzzing for the past 21 months with Urban Buzz providing a variety of new feeding and nesting opportunities for a number of different pollinators throughout the city.


Rooftop garden will help new school’s pupils blossom!

An exciting new secondary school in Grangemouth has been built with a biodiverse roof garden that can be used by pupils and teachers for outdoor learning. This green roof is over 300m2 in size and will provide many benefits for wildlife and for people in the school and the surrounding area.   Carrongrange High School has been purpose built for the almost 170 pupils that have a range of support requirements. An important feature of the roof garden is that it has been designed so that pupils and teachers will be able to easily access different natural features.


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