Latest Species Champions News
02 May 2019
Butterfly Conservation has launched a new beer – the Wood White – to support the butterfly of the same name. At least 300 pubs are set to stock the limited edition ‘Wood White’, as well as The Strangers’ Bar in the Palace of Westminster, where MPs, their guests and members of parliamentary staff will all be able to sample the new ale.
09 April 2019
Derek Thomas MP for St Ives and the Isles of Scilly secured a Westminster Hall debate on the impact of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan on health and wellbeing. The debate was attended by a number of MP species champions, including Richard Benyon, Kerry McCarthy, Rebecca Pow, Barry Sheerman and Sarah Wollaston. Bittern champion Thérèse Coffey replied on behalf of the government and stated she expects the Environment Bill to be the first Bill in the next session of Parliament.
08 April 2019
MP Species Champions have been busy tabling written Parliamentary Questions pressuring the Government to act to protect nature. Layla Moran MP asked the Government about funding for biodiversity after 2020 and Hilary Benn MP sought reasons for the decline in water voles in England. Four MPs asked about protected areas for birds: Anna Turley MP asked whether Defra will classify the Bowland Fells SPA to include the lesser black-backed gull, while David Drew MP – Labour’s Shadow Farming Minister, Barry Sheerman and Debbie Abrahams asked about improving the protected areas network for curlew, bittern and dunlin respectively. The work and support of our Parliamentary Species Champions remains vital in our efforts to ensure that the Government protects the environment both during and beyond Brexit.
20 September 2018
Kerry McCarthy, the Bristol East MP and champion of the swift visited a Barratt Homes development in Bristol and installed a swift brick. The bricks can provide the birds with an unobstrusive synthetic nest site and are part of a major effort to boost the population of declining swifts.