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Not just the bees - Pollinating flies are disappearing

(c) Roger Key

Buglife is deeply concerned by the findings of a paper published today by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology as part of the National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme. Fast on the heels of the stark news of global insect declines we learn that UK pollinator species, including hoverflies as well as bees, have on average gone extinct in one out of every four places they were found thirty years ago. Two thirds of species studied have declined, while just 10% have expanded their range.


Urban Buzz Celebration of Targets Smashed

Urban Buzz, Plymouth (c) Laura Larkin

Buglife’s Urban Buzz project held a celebration event today as the end of project on 31 March approaches. This ambitious project aimed to create pollinator friendly space within the urban environment across 12 cities or towns: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Plymouth, St Austell, Truro, Wadebridge and York. The project set out some ambitious aims all of which have been comfortably exceeded over the duration of Buglife’s biggest ever project.  Target


Parliament get serious about insect declines

Alex Sobel MP is hosting a House of Commons debate from 11.00 on Wednesday about insect declines sparked by the recent global review of insect declines Sanchez-Bayo and Wyckhuys 2019. Matt Shardlow Buglife’s Chief Executive will be in attendance.  The paper states that “rates of decline that may lead to the extinction of 40% of the world's insect species over the next few decades” and that there is currently an “annual 2.5% loss of biomass worldwide”.  


Buglife considers West Tilbury Marshes legal challenge

Sea aster mining bee (c) Steven Falk

Buglife is seeking legal advice on potential challenges to the appalling announcement that the Secretary of State has granted permission for the Tilbury 2 project which will see the Port of Tilbury expand and destroy, West Tilbury Marshes, one of the UK’s best brownfields for invertebrates.


Important step in campaign to save rare dunes

(c) Andrew Weston

The coalition of environmental conservation organisations fighting to save Coul Links have welcomed the start of a public inquiry today into whether the controversial proposals should go ahead.


Sun loving stonefly spotters sought

Nature-lovers are being urged to help shed light on a rare winter sun-loving insect.   The Northern February red stonefly has its global stronghold in the Scottish Highlands and has only ever been found in two rivers outside Scotland - the River Usk in Wales and the Wye near Hereford, where it is now thought to be extinct.   A recent survey of rivers in the Cairngorms National Park aimed to update what is known about the internationally significant population there.  


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