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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.

Insect numbers are falling


Verging on success: how can we make our roads better for pollinators

Roads. We’ve probably all been on one at some point in our lives. They are unavoidable. Whether it’s on the way to a pleasant day out, or on your daily commute, who knows how many thousands of miles of tarmac you’ve stared at? But how often do you notice the green stuff that runs alongside them? In the UK we have almost a quarter of a million miles of roads, and with them come their often overlooked side kick; the road verge.

Road verges are the strips of land that act as an interface between the road and the surrounding landscape. Some road verges, probably the on


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


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.


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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