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Pesticide approval strikes blow for bees

Dead bumblebee (c) Mike Linksvayer

Buglife are outraged at the news that the Government will be allowing the planting of oilseed rape seeds, treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides this autumn. These toxic chemicals not only kill our essential pollinators such as bumblebees and honeybees, but also useful insects, such as ladybirds, which help keep crop pest numbers down.

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Archbishop blesses rare Yorkshire beetles

Tansy beetle (Chrysolina graminis) (c) Steven Falk

The rare Tansy beetle has received another boost to its conservation in the form of a blessing from the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

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Wildlife Charity’s concerns of Osbornes automatic planning permission

Buglife are seriously concerned over George Osborne’s latest announcement of plans to grant automatic planning permission on brownfield land.

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Making a B-Line in the West of England for National Pollinator Week

At the start of National Pollinator Week Buglife and Avon Wildlife Trust are pleased to announce the successful restoration of the first 100 acres of wildflower-rich grassland via the West of England B-Lines project.  By connecting our best wildlife sites, the project is helping to boost populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

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Wildlife organisations call to arms to help Devons bees

Buglife and other organisations involved in Devon Local Nature Partnership are appealing to Devon’s residents to do one simple thing to help bees and other pollinating insects this National Pollinator Week.

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Rare Forest chafer beetle found at Bioblitz

Forest chafer (Melolontha hippocastani) (c) Roy Anderson

A rare beetle, not seen alive in Ireland since 1915, has been rediscovered in North Antrim during a Bioblitz organised by the National Trust, and supported by CeDAR, the local biological records centre and involving Buglife. 

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