Iconic and threatened Scottish species are being ‘adopted’ by MSPs, who are acting as ‘Species Champions’ to help improve the species future. If your local MSP hasn’t signed up yet, why not write to them and suggest they do!
Species Champions is a Scottish Environment LINK initiative, celebrating Scotland’s wonderfully diverse species. From the mighty Orca (Orcinus orca) to the tiny Bog Sun Jumper spider (Heliophanusdampfi), Scottish species currently facing significant threats have been identified and put up for adoption.
An impressive 105 species are now being championed in Scotland and 25 of these are invertebrates! Invertebrates on the list include; Spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas), the Bilberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) and Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus).
Buglife Scotland is currently supporting seven MSP species champions: Freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera), Red mason bee (Osmia bicornis), Bordered brown lacewing (Megalomus hirtus), Narrow-headed ant (Formica exsecta), Northern damselfly (Coenagrion hastulatum), Pond mud snail (Omphiscolaglabra) and the Bog sun jumper spider.
Craig Macadam, Director of Buglife Scotland said: “Species Champion MSPs are recognising the importance of Scotland’s unique wildlife. Through their efforts, these species now have a voice in the Scottish Parliament, but others are still waiting for a champion”.
If your local MSP hasn’t signed up to this fantastic initiative yet, why not write to them and encourage them to get involved.
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