Latest Species Champions News

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.

Anna Turley spots little terns on the beach

24 July 2017

The Redcar MP has visited a conservation project in Teesside dedicated to reversing the fortunes of the little tern, one of the UK’s most threatened seabirds. Read more here

MP Species Champions attend Awards Event

03 July 2017

MPs attended an award ceremony in Westminster, hosted by Richard Benyon MP, to mark the first anniversary of the Species Champions project and celebrate the recruitment of 39 MPs from across the political spectrum. To find out who were the winners of the three awards, click here

Three MP Species Champions lose their Parliamentary Seats

12 June 2017

Neil Carmichael – skylark champion, Charlotte Leslie – shrill carder bee champion, and Oliver Colvile – hedgehog champion all lost their seats in last week’s General Election. The Species Champion project partners would like to thank all three MPs for their work on behalf of their species, and hope that they will continue to speak up about species conservation in whatever role they take on in the future.

Thank you to all our Species Champions

02 May 2017

The Species Champions partnership would like to thank all the MPs who have joined the Species Champions project and have been active learning about their species, taking part in site visits and speaking up for the species in their Parliamentary work. While Parliament is dissolved the project is in abeyance as the MPs who had signed up have become Prospective Parliamentary Candidates and their Species Champion role is similarly suspended. We will continue this successful project in the new Parliament and very much hope that new and returning MPs will again sign up to help us save species.

The news pages of the website will not be updated until after the General Election on Thursday 8 June.

Saying goodbye to our natterjack champion

30 April 2017

John Pugh, species champion for the natterjack toad, has confirmed that he will be standing down as MP for Southport ahead of the forthcoming general election, and will therefore also be stepping down from his role as MP species champion. We thank John for his support and wish him all the best!