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Weekend blaze damages RSPB Canvey Wick Nature Reserve

On Saturday 8th August a large fire swept through an area of the Canvey Wick nature reserve, located in South Essex, requiring the attendance of 5 fire crews, including a specialist unit, to put out the blaze.
An area approximately two hectares in size (about two football pitches) of grass, scrub and reed, was burnt.

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Steve Backshall opens Canvey Wick- Britain’s first Bug Reserve

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Just days before slipping into his dancing shoes and sequined shirt, Steve Backshall did what he does best- spoke passionately about all things creepy and crawly, took children bug hunting in the dark and officially opened Canvey Wick- Britain’s first Bug Reserve in Essex.

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Britain’s First Bug Reserve – is OPEN

Something fantastic has happened, something that has taken a decade to achieve – Canvey Wick has been transformed from a brownfield site condemned be developed into a protected and highly valued nature reserve – opened this week by wildlife presenter and author Steve Backshall. 

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Bee a Bee Guardian

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On Thursday 7th August, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and the RSPB are holding a workshop to recruit volunteer Bee Guardians to help survey the special bees found at Canvey Wick nature reserve.

Canvey Wick is Buglife’s first nature reserve owned by the Land Trust and jointly managed by the RSPB and Buglife.

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Statement on latest Government planning moves

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Today the Government launched the National Planning Practice Guidance as part of their reforms to the planning system. Buglife is pleased to see Government requiring wildlife surveys of brownfield land, before planning permission is granted, but there is still no definition of what brownfield land of ‘high environmental value’ actually is.

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