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Coul Links Seed Fly Added to Global at Risk Register

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An insect found only in the north of Scotland, and under threat from a new golf course development, has been been put on the global Endangered list. The assessment means that Fonseca’s seed fly now joins tigers and Blue whales on the list of species at risk of global extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published a global assessment for Fonseca’s seed fly (Botanophila fonsecai) which found the species to be  globally Endangered.

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Rare beetle discovered at second site in Wales

The Blue ground beetle (Carabus intricatus), a rare and globally threatened beetle, has been discovered at just its second known site in Wales, coinciding with the launch of a new project aimed to protect it and the ancient woodland habitat in which it is found.

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Adroddiad newydd yn amlygu dyfodol ansicr i wenyn gwyllt Cymru

Large mason bee (Osmia xanthomelana) is confined to a small stretch of the Llŷn Peninsula and is threatened with extinction in the UK © Natural Resources Wales/Mike Hammett.

Heddiw mae Buglife Cymru yn lansio Adroddiad Gwenyn dan Fygythiad Cymru, yr adroddiad cyntaf o’i fath i archwilio iechyd ein rhywogaethau gwenyn gwyllt sydd dan fwyaf o fygythiad. Yn anffodus, mae’r adroddiad wedi canfod bod saith o’n gwenyn wedi diflannu yng Nghymru, ac mae pump arall - fel y Wenynen durio fechan eddi hir (Andrena niveata) - ar fin diflannu’n llwyr.

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Great news for pollinators

Buglife welcomes the funding promised by the Environment Secretary as a great first step towards securing the future of our precious pollinators. Coupled with the ban on neonicotinoids this is real affirmative action in the battle to arrest the decline of bees and other pollinators and preserve the buzz of life.

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Rare snails introduced to Pentland Hills

Conservation experts have hailed the first ever release of rare Pond mud snails in the Lothians as a “vital step” in efforts to save the species. Native to Europe, Pond mud snail populations in the UK have almost halved over the past twenty-five years due to habitat loss. Measuring a little over a centimetre in length and classed as a vulnerable species, the snails were previously found in only seven locations within the central belt of Scotland, a fraction of their former range.

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New report highlights uncertain future for Welsh wild bees

Large mason bee (Osmia xanthomelana) is confined to a small stretch of the Llŷn Peninsula and is threatened with extinction in the UK © Natural Resources Wales/Mike Hammett.

Today Buglife Cymru is launching the Wales Threatened Bee Report, the first report of its kind to examine the health of our most threatened wild bee species. Alarmingly, the report has found that seven of our bees have gone extinct in Wales, and a further five – such as the Long-fringed mini-mining bee (Andrena niveata) - are on the brink of extinction.

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