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
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.2,702 of 3,000 SignaturesCreated by Paul Hetherington
For Bugs' Sake - Stop Tilbury Expansion“The incredible assemblage of invertebrates currently found on this site won’t be able to survive” Buglife has known about the importance of this site for brownfield invertebrates since 2005. Our ‘All of a Buzz in the Thames Gateway’ project identified the site as of high potential for brownfield invertebrates. Subsequent Buglife studies have shown up to 51% of similar high potential sites have been lost due to development in the six years between 2007 and 2013. The development of the former Tilbury Power Station site will add to the loss of wildlife-rich brownfields in the Thames Gateway and threaten the long-term future of the nationally important invertebrates found there. The former Tilbury Power Station site supports a nationally important assemblage of invertebrates, with 1,397 species recorded in recent surveys, including 159 species of conservation concern and 31 species identified as rare or threatened - a very high proportion. The important invertebrates found on the site include the Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum), Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis), Sea aster mining bee (Colletes halophilus) and Five-banded weevil-wasp (Cerceris quinquefasciata). Jamie Robins, planning lead at Buglife said “This is an exceptional site for brownfield invertebrates. The wide mosaic of successional habitats such as Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA), Lytag and other substrates, has allowed drought stressed grasslands, lichen heath, herb and lichen-rich grasslands to develop. The incredible assemblage of invertebrates currently found on this site won’t be able to survive on the tiny areas of land that will be retained following this development. Much more needs to be done to ensure that these plans don’t lead to yet another loss of brownfield biodiversity in the Thames Gateway.”477 of 500 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-bees2,668 of 3,000 SignaturesCreated by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers - Buglife
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-building9,871 of 10,000 SignaturesCreated by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers - Buglife