Flowers and chimneys at Canvey Wick
Buglife is trying to change that. We are campaigning for invertebrates and their protection to be given more consideration during planning decisions. A benefit of this is that securing development good for bugs will help our other wildlife too.
What we do:
To try and defend our most valuable sites for bugs and help prevent species extinctions, we take on a few planning cases per year. Recent examples include West Thurrock Marshes and Safeguard the Cairngorms campaigns. This is usually when a site of national importance is under threat from development and the survival of a rare species is threatened.
We also lobby local and national governments to ensure UK planning systems and policies protect the environment. We engage with and influence upcoming Government schemes such as Biodiversity Offsetting, or work to ensure that planning policy changes and revisions take account of invertebrates.
We also know that planning for invertebrates can seem a tricky and specialist subject so we have a series of ‘good practice planning guidance’ alongside a ‘community toolkit’ to make is easier to give invertebrates the protection they deserve.