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A Scottish Environment Act will ensure that nature is not left behind

Crystal clear waters, tumbling through a rock-strewn channel - a scene that is encountered throughout Scotland. But in some of these watercourses, a truly special species can be found. Scottish Environment Link has launched a call for Scotland to have it’s own Environment Act to protect and enhance Scotland’s nature, now and in the future.

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Tips for choosing plants that help insects thrive

We could all do more to help with decreasing insect populations, but it can be tricky to know exactly what makes a difference and what doesn't. Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert at Wyevale Garden Centres, has given us these tips for choosing the best plants to encourage beneficial insects into your garden.

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Five things to do to reverse insect decline

Craig Macadam, Buglife's Conservation Director responding to the recent report on insect declines in an article that first appeared on the CNN website

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Wanted: the Orange-spotted emerald - stolen from future generations

A blog from Buglife's Director of Conservation Craig Macadam, first published by Environment Link

The introduction of the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive in 1991 and the Water Framework Directive in 2000 came too late for the striking Orange-spotted emerald dragonfly, but they introduced tough new standards, protections, and investment which might have saved it from extinction. Fast forward 18 years and these protections for our rivers and streams are under threat.

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How to Make Your School Grounds Pollinator Friendly

This guest article has been written by Emma Homan who is an Educational Copywriter for Pentagon Play

 

Have you ever thought about setting up a biodiversity project in your school?

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Have You Seen the Loch Ness Monster

I have. No, not the long-necked, hump-backed star of so many grainy black and white photographs. I’m talking about a small predatory flatworm that lives deep in the waters of the loch.

The flatworm, Phagocata woodworthi, is native to North America and is thought to have been transported to Loch Ness on the unwashed equipment of monster hunters in the late 1970s. It’s now present in the Loch in large numbers where it preys upon other invertebrates and out-competes our native flatworm species.

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