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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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25 Year Environment Plan promises meadows for bees

Buglife welcomes the great intentions of the Government’s new 25 Year Environment Plan, particularly in relation to restoring pollinator populations, and urges the Government to bring forward the enabling legislation before BREXIT.   The 25-Year Environment Plan, launched today by the Prime Minister, is a broad and considered agenda to address many of the key issues that are currently causing environmental harm.    

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Over 900 objections speak out against Coul Links golf course plans

Knapweed, ragwort & restharrow,  Coul Links non-SSSI (c) Andrew Weston S

The conservation alliance campaigning to save Coul Links is appealing to members of the public to submit objections to the golf course proposals ahead of this Friday’s deadline. Efforts to save the outstanding place for nature have already seen 954 objections submitted and the alliance is pushing for this to top the 1000 mark before submissions to Highland Council close on 22nd December.  

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New spiders found in Northern Ireland

Three new spiders have been discovered in Northern Ireland during surveys undertaken by wildlife charity Buglife which were funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.    The Arcane tongue spider (Centromerus arcanus), Tree Comb-foot Spider (Anelosimus vittatus) and  Tree H-weaver (Episinus maculipes) have not previously been recorded in Northern Ireland, and will now be added to the list of 292 spider species known from the country.  

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Stop Tilbury Expansion

Buglife have serious concerns over the impact on the national important invertebrate assemblage found on the site for the Tilbury 2 development and are making representations on the proposals.

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Heavy Neonicotinoid Insecticide Contamination Damaging British Rivers

The first analysis of new monitoring data reveals that British freshwaters are heavily contaminated with neonicotinoids.  Half of the sites monitored in England exceed chronic pollution limits and two rivers are acutely polluted.    Aquatic insects are just as vulnerable to neonicotinoid insecticides as bees and flying insects, yet have not received the same attention because the UK Government has not responded to calls to introduce systematic monitoring.  

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