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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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Potted plant problems

A blog from Craig Macadam, Director of Conservation at Buglife

Wonderful Wisterias, Heavenly Hellebores, Perfect Primroses, Magnificent Magnolias. Garden centres across the UK are overflowing with new stocks of plants to brighten up your home and garden – but these beautiful blooms may harbour unwanted stowaways that will wreak havoc in your garden. Who knows what is going to crawl out of a rainforest into a pot plant and your garden, and what it will do to agriculture, garden plants, wildlife or even your health when it arrives!

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The Discovery of Glowing Woodlice

A guest blog from our partners at the St Helena National Trust

 

The Critically Endangered Spiky yellow woodlouse (Pseudolaureola atlantica), only found on St Helena, has been found to be fluorescent under ultraviolet (UV) light.

This iconic invertebrate has a striking appearance and a tendency to live above ground on trees and ferns; this most recent finding is yet another unusual trait for such an unusual creature. To date only one other woodlouse has been reported to glo

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Getting a Buzz into Birmingham

A personal perspective from Nick Packham is the Urban Buzz officer for Birmingham, who has been with the project since the start in October 2015. Nick is tasked with creating 20 hectares of pollinator habitat across the city, engaging local partners and the wider community to create food and nesting opportunities for bees, butterflies, beetles and many more pollinators.  Urban Buzz is a national project active across 8 cities in the UK.

 

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