Latest Species Champions News

Skylark gets a new champion

29 November 2017

Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, is championing one of the countryside’s most tuneful species, the skylark. Although this bird is threatened by agricultural intensification farmers can help by leaving uncultivated areas or “skylark plots”.

Back from the Brink Launched

15 November 2017

Back from the Brink was formally launched in Windsor Great Park on 15 November. Project partners, volunteers and other distinguished guests came together to celebrate the launch of the programme, which aims to bring 20 species back from the brink of extinction. The project has been made possible thanks to £4.6m National Lottery funding, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Shrill Carder Bees, Violet Click Beetles and Willow Tits are amongst those to benefit from this great new project Back from the Brink.

MP ventures into cemetery to monitor bats

31 October 2017

Helen Hayes, the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood and champion of the Common Pipistrelle, has been taken on a Bat Walk in Norwood cemetery where they detected both Common and Soprano Pipistrelle bats.

Transport Minister agrees to stand up for Hedgehogs

25 October 2017

Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom and Ewell and Secretary of State for Transport, has recently taken over as Parliamentary hedgehog champion. He was presented with a poster by the team behind “Hedgehog Street”, a nationwide campaign to help halt the ongoing decline in hedgehog numbers.

Natterjack toad gets a new champion

12 October 2017

Damien Moore, the recently elected MP for Southport in Lancashire is to champion the Natterjack toad.  Important populations of this toad can be found on the sand dunes along the Merseyside coast, including in his constituency.

Turtle dove finds an MP Champion

18 September 2017

James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, has agreed to lend his support to the fast declining turtle dove. His constituency is in one of the few areas in England where this migratory bird can still be found.

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker champion visits Wyre Forest

08 September 2017

Mark Garnier visited Wyre Forest to raise the profile of the rare Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and was presented with his Species Champion poster.

Huw Merriman visits Great Dixter

25 August 2017

Species Champion Huw Merriman MP visited Great Dixter with Buglife. He had a discussion about wild pollinators and how to help them, and also talked about some of the links with horticulture.

Philip Dunne visits Wood White site

24 August 2017

Ludlow MP Philip Dunne visited Butterfly Conservation’s South Shropshire Woods project to learn more about the work being carried out to increase the population of the Wood White butterfly through targeted management.