Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is the only charity in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and is actively working to save Britain's rarest bugs, bees, butterflies, ants, worms, beetles and many more fascinating invertebrates.
Further information is available on Buglife’s website at www.buglife.org.uk.
New Campaign Campaigns
For Bugs' Sake - Stop Tilbury ExpansionThe former Tilbury Power Station site supports an amazing assemblage of invertebrates, including 159 species of conservation concern and 31 rare or threatened species; among them the Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum), Blue carpenter bee (Ceratina cyanea), Four-banded weevil-wasp (Cerceris quadricincta), Puff-ball beetle (Caenocara bovistae) and Green malachite beetle (Malachius vulneratus). Over half of high biodiversity potential brownfield sites in the Thames Gateway have been destroyed since 2007, but Tilbury is an exceptionally important site for open mosaic habitat invertebrates. The mix of substrates, including Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA) and Lytag, has fostered the development of the unusual drought stressed grasslands, lichen heaths, and herb and lichen-rich grasslands that support the endangered species. The incredible assemblage of invertebrates currently found on the Tilbury site won’t be able to survive the development. Much positive work is needed to save brownfield biodiversity in the Thames Gateway, but destroying this wildlife jewel will take out one of the last remaining large areas of wildflower rich habitat.74,673 of 75,000 SignaturesCreated by Paul Hetherington
Save our bees and bugs 🐝🐝 There has been a Government commitment to create a network of wildlife habitats in the countryside since 2010. Our bees and other pollinators are in trouble, their wildflower habitats are widely fragmented and they are unable to move north to escape from climate change. 🐝 The Protection of Pollinators Bill, due for 2nd reading on 26th October, would create an English network of B-Lines – corridors where wildflower meadows would be restored, linking back together the homes of our endangered pollinators. 🐝 Without bees and other pollinating bugs we would not have apples, strawberries, tomatoes or many other crops – they are worth about £700 million to British agriculture. Our pollinators are also wonderful animals and our populations of wild flowers and birds depend on them as well.30,349 of 35,000 SignaturesCreated by Paul Hetherington
One week to save Critically Endangered spiderPlans to build new houses in an old quarry in Plymouth, could push a Critically Endangered spider, the Horrid ground weaver (Nothophantes horridus), even closer to extinction. We only have one week left to make sure the planning inspectorate know how critical this site is to the spider's survival. This tiny money spider is only found in Plymouth and nowhere else in the world. It is only known at three sites, one of which has already been lost to development. The proposed development, for 57 new houses in Radford Quarry in Plymouth, would destroy the second site and a vital ‘green lung’ of Plymouth. To find out more about this campaign click here https://www.buglife.org.uk/the-horrid-consequences-of-building9,896 of 10,000 SignaturesCreated by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers - Buglife
Save Fonseca’s seed flyPlans for a 236 hectare golf course at Coul Links near Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands could put one of Scotland’s rarest species at threat of global extinction. Fonseca’s seed fly is restricted globally to a short stretch of coast in northern Scotland. Its population is perilously small and is thought to be closely associated with Ragwort, Sow-thistle and the sand dune systems found in this area. The proposed golf course would destroy important habitat for this species and fragment the already fragile population. Stabilisation of the dunes and creation of fairways and greens will destroy the habitat for the species.3,618 of 4,000 SignaturesCreated by Paul Hetherington
Get eBay to remove illegal toxic chemicals from their websiteNeonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) are systemic, which means that the chemicals travel through the plant into the nectar and pollen where they are consumed by bees and other wild pollinators such as hoverflies and moths. Neonics are related to Nicotine and target the nervous system; this means that invertebrates can be affected in different ways. Even small doses may lead to ‘sub-lethal effects’ such as making a bee not able to forage for food properly, or queen bees laying less eggs. In December last year, a new piece of law came into effect in Europe which restricted the use of three of the most common neonics – Clothianidin, Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam. To find out more about the Buglife Neonicotinoids campaign follow this link - http://www.buglife.org.uk/campaigns-and-our-work/campaigns/pesticides-poisoning-our-bees2,683 of 3,000 SignaturesCreated by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers - Buglife