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Councils urged to adopt bee-friendly grass-cutting and introduce pollinator action plans

Cutting parks less helps flowers and helps pollinators © S Burgess

• Reduced grass-cutting can save councils thousands of pounds • Only two English county councils have comprehensive bee action plans in place Councils are being urged by Friends of the Earth and Buglife to do more to help Britain’s bees after a survey found that only two English county councils have comprehensive pollinator action plans in place. Policies such as cutting areas of grass less frequently in parks and roadside verges to allow wild flowers to grow aren’t just good for bees - they can save councils thousands of pounds too.

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Cystadleuaeth ffotograffiaeth Infertebratau Anhygoel Cymru

Yn galw ar bob ffotograffydd bywyd gwyllt ifanc! Dyma gyfle'r haf yma iti gymryd rhan yng nghystadleuaeth Buglife Cymru ble gelli ennill gwobrau anhygoel yn cynnwys cyfres o lyfrau ‘Beetle Boy’, copi wedi ei lofnodi o lyfr newydd M.G. Leonard: ‘The Beetle Collector’s Handbook’, gwesty pryfetach ar gyfer dy ysgol, aelodaeth blwyddyn am ddim o Buglife a llawer mwy!  

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Wonderful Welsh invertebrates photo competition

Calling all junior wildlife photographers! This summer, take part in Buglife Cymru’s photography competition and you could win some amazing prizes including the set of Beetle Boy books, a signed copy of M.G. Leonard’s new title ‘The Beetle Collector’s Handbook’, a bug home for your school grounds, a free years membership to Buglife and more!  

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Scottish Government urged to step in to save Coul Links

(c) Craig Allardyce

The fate of one of Scotland’s most important dune habitats now lies with Scottish Ministers after Highland Council voted to approve plans for a golf course at Coul Links near Embo in East Sutherland this afternoon (20 June 2018).    The Council’s planning committee has approved the application on an internationally protected site against the recommendation of their own officials, in addition to a statutory objection from Scottish Natural Heritage.  

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Endangered Northern Damselfly meets its Parliamentary Champion

(c) Toni Watt NTS

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.

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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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