Latest Species Champions News

Bristol MP species champions visit nature friendly development

01 August 2018

Kerry McCarthy and Thangam Debbonaire, champions for the swift and shrill carder bee respectively, were given a guided tour of the work on the new student building at the University of Bristol – Brunel House. The developers have created a biodiversity friendly development which includes a planting scheme that supports pollinators and the provision of swift boxes to the exterior of the building.

A new species champion for the corn bunting

17 July 2018

Victoria Prentis MP for North Oxfordshire, will be working with the RSPB to champion one of our declining farmland birds, the corn bunting. These birds were once a common sight in the countryside, with a song that sounds like jangling keys!

South West MPs sweep the board at the Species Champions Annual Awards

02 July 2018

Kerry McCarthy MPDerek Thomas MP and Peter Heaton-Jones MP all received awards at the second Annual Awards event that took place in Westminster. The awards were presented by Mike Dilger from the BBC’s The One Show and Kit Stoner, the chief executive of Bat Conservation Trust, spoke passionately about the importance of species conservation and what MPs can do to help threatened wildlife.

Suffolk MP visits one of the UK’s few remaining strongholds for turtle doves

07 June 2018

James Cartlidge, the new species champion for turtle dovevisited a farm in his South Suffolk constituency to learn about the work being done to help conserve the species.

Hilary Benn to champion Ratty the Water Vole

22 May 2018

One of the UK’s most rapidly declining mammals, the water vole, has found a champion: the MP for Leeds Central, Hilary Benn. Hilary will be working with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species to raise the profile of the species and help improve its conservation status.

Plantlife gain a new Champion

23 January 2018

John Glen, MP for Salisbury, has joined the project as species champion for pheasant’s-eye, a small and unusual arable “weed”. This plant is endangered in the UK but found on parts of Salisbury Plain.

MP to champion an upland bird

10 January 2018

Dunlin, a small wader that breeds in the uplands, gains a champion in Debbie Abrahams, MP for East Oldham and Saddleworth. This bird has responded well to blanket bog restoration in the Peak District.

Yellowhammer finds a champion

05 December 2017

Farmland bird gets a champion

The yellowhammer, famed for its “little bit of bread and no cheese” song, is to be championed by Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham.