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Insect decline a major global crisis

Ameletus inopinatus (c) Stuart Crofts

A new paper - ‘Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers’ by Francisco Sánchez-Bayo and Kris A.G. Wyckhuys - paints a grim picture of the decline of essential insects across the planet. it concludes that current declines could lead to the extinction of 40% of the world's insect species over the next few decades. Butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, and dung beetles are amongst the most at risk along with freshwater dependent dragonflies and damselflies, stoneflies, caddisflies and mayflies.

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Tunbridge Wells insecticide pollution traced to sewage plant

Insecticide pollution in a Tunbridge Wells waterway has been traced to a sewage treatment works following an investigation by Tonbridge and Malling Friends of the Earth.   The local Friends of the Earth group decided to carry out tests after a report by Buglife, published in December 2017, identified Somerhill stream in Tunbridge Wells as one of a number of waterways polluted with high levels of neonicotinoid pesticides.

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New B-Lines plan to help Northern Ireland’s Pollinating Insects

Buglife’s Northern Ireland B-Lines initiative will help our bees and other pollinating insects by restoring and connecting wildflower-rich areas across the country. Today the wildlife charity is launching the new B-Lines map which provides a plan to help our declining pollinators. 

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Buzzing hotspot in Bristol wins Bees Needs Award 2018

We are delighted to have supported a Bees’ Needs award winning community project in Bristol as part of the Urban Buzz project. Working with South Gloucestershire Council and community groups, Patchway Common has been transformed into a buzzing wildflower meadow. Representatives from the council were presented the award at Kew Gardens, hosted by Defra and Green Flag Award in recognition of the collaborative effort of local people to create a haven for bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects.

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Coul Links Seed Fly Added to Global at Risk Register

(c) Andrew Weston

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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