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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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The last flight of the bees

This guest blog is provided by Chris Rawlings an Environmental Science graduate who runs a small marketing and design agency based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

One day on a rare occasion away from my laptop, I found myself sitting in the garden, quietly soaking up nature. It was a typical spring day, with a clear blue sky, a warm but pleasant temperature, and the sound of birds, rustling trees and faraway traffic. But something was missing. After a few moment’s thoug

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Cuteism

By Craig Macadam, Buglife's Conservation Director.

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.  When George Orwell wrote these words in the early 1940s he was of course parodying the communist regime in Russia at the time.  Today however the maxim continues to be played out in the British countryside.

 

The sad fact is that unless you are a cute, cuddly, or charismatic species your plight is likely to be igno

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