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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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Have you ever wondered what it is like to work on one of the rarest Woodlice

Amy-Jayne Dutton, from Stoke-on-Trent, has recently uprooted from her home comforts to move to the remote island of St Helena, a UK Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic... to take a rather unusual step in her career! She has taken up the role as Spiky Yellow Woodlouse Project Manager with the St Helena National Trust. Here Amy enlightens us with her adventures so far, and informs us of the challenges facing the future of the unique spiky yellow woodlouse, locally known as ‘Spiky’, on the magical island of St Helena: 

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Pollinator Conservation in Agriculture

By - Executive Director Xerces Society

Recently, conservationists have been discussing the role of agriculture in helping pollinators—and for good reason. About half of the U.S. land base is in agriculture. If we want to truly provide for a long-term future for pollinators, we must work with farmers.

Farms come in all shapes and sizes, from small, family-run operations to vast landscapes managed by corporations. They also have varying impacts on pollinators. Many farmers

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