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Buglife Wales

Species rich coastal meadow, Pembrokeshire

Clare Dinham

Our Cardiff-based team work to conserve the special invertebrates of Wales. 

Wales is home to some of the UK’s most endangered invertebrates, many of which are not found elsewhere in the country.

The breath-taking landscapes and habitats of Wales support a wide diversity and abundance of wildlife – from our miles and miles of coastline to the uplands of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons; valleys, heathland, woodland and farmland, all full of wildlife.

Special species

There are 201 UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Species (S42 species) of terrestrial, freshwater and marine invertebrates in Wales.  For many, Wales is a UK stronghold – i.e. Wales supports the only UK populations or nationally-important populations of the species. 

Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum) ©  Steven Falk

Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum) © Steven Falk

Species with a stronghold in Wales or a significant proportion of their UK populations include Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum)Black oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus), Freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera), and Pink sea fan (Eunicella verrucosa). 

For more information on how you can help conserve invertebrates in Wales please contact Buglife Cymru.

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