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Pollinator Tea Party

Stuck for something to do this summer holiday? Join York Urban Buzz for a family friendly, fun, bee themed tea party and pollinator prowl! We have story telling by Hoglets, fun art activities, a pollinator photo booth, bug hunts and more! The event is to raise money for York’s Urban Buzz project which is giving 100 York parks a ‘bee makeover’ by planting wildflowers, trees for bees and opening ‘bee hotels’.

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Winners of Torbay’s Buzzing Art Competition announced!

Wildlife charity Buglife and Torbay Council have run an art competition open to all primary schools in Torbay.  This was to design a postcard to be attached to wildflower seed packets to help people create their own patch of wildflower meadow in their gardens.   Sixty-six children took part, from which two winners were chosen. These lucky winners have received a large Buglife bee hotel for their school grounds and a family ticket to Paignton Zoo, kindly donated by the Zoo. The winners were as follows:    Key Stage One Winner:

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Golf course could push one of Scotland’s rarest species close to extinction

Plans for a 236 hectare golf course near the Dornoch Firth in the Scottish Highlands could put one of Scotland’s rarest species at threat of extinction. Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is asking people to sign their petition calling for Highland Council to do everything within its power to protect Fonseca’s seed fly and its home from development .

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Yorkshire Bank Recognises Community Spirit in York

Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards - York Winners

Two community groups in York have been awarded a funding boost of £10,000 through the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role they play in the local community. Yorkshire Bank announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Leeds on 22 June 2016 to recognise the charities and not for profit organisations which are going the extra mile.

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Scotland’s Pollinating Insect Survey Challenge

Solitary bee on urban meadow

Buglife have launched a campaign encouraging people of all ages to get outside this summer and record pollinating species of bees, hoverflies and beetles.   There are over 4,000 species of pollinating insect in the UK that provide us with a valuable free service that is often taken for granted. With the loss of over 97% of our wildflower meadows since World War Two, many of our pollinators have experienced significant population declines. Currently in Britain, over 250 species of pollinators are threatened with extinction including bumblebees, hoverflies and beetles.

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Buglife funded to bring more colour and nature to North Lanarkshire

Greenhead Moss Volunteers at Stewarton Park in Wishaw helping to sow Scottish native seeds © Gabrielle Flinn

Buglife has received £17,337 thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery to create and manage Wildflower-rich grasslands in parks across North Lanarkshire. This project hopes to bring some colour to parks as well as provide a home for important wildlife such as bees and butterflies. Buglife will be creating and managing the meadows with local community groups and schools.   North Lanarkshire’s Buzzing will work with local communities and the local authority to transform areas of amenity grassland into colourful wildflower meadows for both wildlife and people to enjoy.

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