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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.

Insect numbers are falling

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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

Insect populations are in crisis. A recent review of 73 studies from around the world has shown that 41% of insect species are in decline and a third of species are at risk of extinction. No one factor is to blame entirely, but four main drivers are linked to the declines: habitat loss, pollution, pathogens

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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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