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Endangered Northern Damselfly meets its Parliamentary Champion

(c) Damian Pinguey

Tom Mason MSP, the Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Scotland met the Northern Damselfly today at the National Trust for Scotland’s Castle Fraser. The visit was part of Scottish Environment Link’s ‘100 day challenge’ for Species Champions in the Scottish Parliament.  The Species Champions initiative pairs MSPs with species that are under threat in Scotland and asks them to give a voice to these species in Parliament.

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The National Bug Vote Results

(c) Steven Falk

Buglife are excited to announce the results of the recent National Bug Vote and are pleased to note there appears to have been no electoral malpractice or hanging chads. Bees proved extremely popular wining the contest in two of the four home nations and runners-up in the others. Interestingly in the three home nations where parliamentary champions have come forward for a wide range of species the winner has a parliamentary champion, though there is no suggestion of political interference in the vote.

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Fen raft spider wins Buglife Cymru’s national bug vote

(c) Steven Falk

Buglife Cymru is excited to announce the results of a recent National Bug Vote. The vote, delivered via Twitter gave Buglife Cymru followers the option to vote for Ashy mining bee, Black oil beetle, Fen raft spider and Hornet robberfly. All of these species are important and valued in their own right, however the competition was quickly wrapped in a web as the Fen-raft spider spun to victory with half the total votes cast. Only the Ashy mining bee even managed half the vote of Britain’s largest spider. The full Wales result

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The National Bug Vote Results Scotland

(c) Steven Falk

Buglife are excited to announce the results of the recent National Bug Vote and are pleased to note there appears to have been no electoral malpractice or hanging chads. Bees proved extremely popular wining the contest in two of the four home nations and runners-up in the others. Interestingly in the three home nations where parliamentary champions have come forward for a wide range of species the winner has a parliamentary champion, though there is no suggestion of political interference in the vote.

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Irish damselfly is Northern Irelands favourite invertebrate

(c) Brian Nelson

Wildlife charity Buglife is excited to announce the results of a recent National Bug Vote.  The vote, delivered via Twitter, asked which invertebrate is Northern Ireland’s favourite, and gave the option to vote for the Irish damselfly, Northern colletes bee, White-clawed crayfish and Zircon reed beetle. All of these species are important and are valued in their own right, however the competition was quickly dominated by the damselfly which gained almost 40% of the votes.  Not too far behind were the Northern colletes bee and the White-clawed crayfish which were tied in second place. 

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A new champion for the White-clawed crayfish

MP for Darlington, Jenny Chapman, is championing one of the UK’s most threatened species – the White-clawed crayfish.  Numbers of White-clawed crayfish in England and Wales have plummeted since the 1970s due to declining water quality in our rivers and streams, and the spread of invasive non-native crayfish such as the North American Signal crayfish.  Signal crayfish compete with our native crayfish for food and habitat, and spread a disease – known as crayfish plague – which is fatal to the White-clawed crayfish.

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