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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?

Many primary schools across the UK are doing their bit for the environment, going “pollinator friendly”, by creating a welcome habit

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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.

Phagocata woodworthi © Stephen Luk

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Flies not fairways

Anyone who has visited Coul Links will know how magical a place it is. Golden sands, rolling dunes, wildflowers and wetlands alive with wildlife. This site is one of the last remaining undisturbed dune systems in Scotland. Buglife Scotland is working in partnership with the RSPB Scotland, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Butterfly Conservation Scotland, Plantlife Scotland, and the Marine Conservation Society to highlight the importance of Coul Links for wildlife, and to oppose development plans submitted on behalf of Mike Keiser, a billionaire American investor, for an 18 hole championship golf cou

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Post-Brexit measures to combat invasive non-native species

In shutting the door on Europe, let us not open it wide to damaging non-native species.

Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) are undoubtedly one of the greatest threats to biodiversity throughout the World. The introduction of INNS to new ecosystems typically leads to a reduction in species richness and abundance and general degradation of the environment. The annual cost of INNS to the British economy is estimated to be at least £1.7 billion. In recognition of the threat that INNS pose to biodiversity, a Read

Let's continue the fight against invasive species

In shutting the door on Europe, let us not open it wide to damaging non-native species.

Japanese knotweed, Floating pennywort, Chinese mitten crab, Zebra mussel, Asian hornet, Grey squirrel – the list of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) living in the UK goes on and on. INNS are undoubtedly one of the greatest threats to biodiversity throughout the World. Their introduction to new ecosystems typically leads to a reduction in species richness and abundance, and general degradation of the environment. The annual cost of INNS to the British economy is estimated to be at least &p

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