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Scottish Species Champions

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 (Heliophanus dampfi), Scottish species currently facing significant threats have been identified and put up for adoption.


An impressive 95 species are now being championed in Scotland and 23 of these are invertebrates! Invertebrates on the list include; the Bilberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) and Common blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus). 


Buglife Scotland is currently supporting eight MSP species champions including: Freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera), Red mason bee (Osmia bicornis), Bordered brown lacewing (Megalomus hirtus), Narrow-headed ant (Formica exsecta), Northern damselfly (Coenagrion hastulatum), Northern February red stonefly (Brachytera putata), Pond mud snail (Omphiscola glabra) and the Bog sun jumper spider.


Invertebrates Being Championed gives an overview of the invertebrates in need of support, and the MSPs who’ve taken on the challenge so far.


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.


Follow Buglife Scotland on Twitter for regular updates on our work with MSP Species Champions!