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Tansy beetle Champions

The exciting Tansy beetle Champions Project reconnected local people with the beautiful and iconic Jewel of York. 


The Tansy Beetle Champions project has now drawn to a close. It has been a brilliantly successful project, recruiting 42 Tansy Beetle Champions and gaining the support of many more volunteers keen to help the Tansy beetle in and around York.

We have hosted 14 work parties to practically improve the habitat at key sites for the beetle along the River Ouse planting out 100’s of new Tansy plants, we’ve delivered talks to community and schools groups, and attended lots of events to raise the profile of the Tansy beetle and to discuss what you can do locally to improve habitats for invertebrates. We have also created a Species Management sheet to help those land managers with Tansy and Tansy beetles on their land understand how they can manage their sites with sensitivity to the needs of the beetle and the plants.

You may have seen our new interpretation board which has been installed near Clifton Bridge (on the Bootham side of the river as you are heading in to the City)

  Updates have also been made to the Tansy beetle interpretation boards at National Trust Beningbrough Hall and the board at the picnic spot at Fulford Ings in York creating a trail of four Tansy beetle boards.

As part of this project we have developed a range of education materials to help everyone understand more about the Tansy beetle. You might have encountered our giant Tansy beetle at an event during 2016. 

We have  a new education pack available too, aimed at primary school children and  free to download from the Buglife website, alongside lots of other education packs on invertebrates which Buglife have produced

Tansy beetle activities in York don’t stop here though – TBAG (Tansy Beetle Action Group) have recruited three voluntary Tansy Beetle Volunteer Coordinators who will be organising some events through 2017 and will continue to improve the river banks for ‘The Jewel of York’.
If you’d like to find out more about Tansy beetle conservation activities being lead by TBAG contact their Tansy Beetle Volunteer Coordinators


The Tansy Beetle Champions project is funded from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Ernest Cook Trust.