Latest Species Champions News

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.

Shrill carder bee gets a new Champion

08 August 2017

Thangam Debbonaire, the Labour MP for Bristol West, has agreed to stand up for the bee with a high pitched buzz! The steep decline of the Shrill carder bee means it is now found in only a few places in England and south Wales. Read more about it here.

Minister of Transport to champion the hedgehog

07 August 2017

We welcome Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport and Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell, as hedgehog champion. He will be supported by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

David Drew to champion the Large Blue

03 August 2017

We welcome a champion for the largest and rarest of our blue butterflies, the Large blue, in the form of David Drew, Labour MP for Stroud.  The butterfly became extinct in 1979 and has since been reintroduced, but remains vulnerable.

Caroline Nokes meets the Duke of Burgundy

25 July 2017

Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, joined Butterfly Conservation staff on a visit to a Duke of Burgundy site near Stockbridge which is being looked after by woodland management company Tilhill Forestry.