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Report, by Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
Chris Packham Hon FBNA and Vice-
“As a society we are guilty of standing idly by as once common species, never mind the rarities, suffer staggering declines. This is a situation that should shame us all.”
“The future of the UK’s butterflies does not have to be bleak. This report shows conservation work can and does turn around the fortunes of our most threatened butterflies.”
The newly launched Garden Butterfly Survey will attempt to lift the lid on how garden butterflies are faring.
The UK’s estimated 22 million gardens represent an area roughly the size of Somerset, and at a time when butterflies face unprecedented threat, they offer a potentially huge and vitally important habitat.
The Garden Butterfly Survey will encourage participants to count garden butterflies every month of the year as climate change has seen butterfly flight periods change with some species now flying into the winter.
Anger over Natural History Museum
plans to bulldoze wildlife garden
One of London's top visitor attractions, the Natural History Museum, is planning
to bulldoze its unique living exhibit -
The wildlife garden, which occupies a compact one-
The plans will see a metres-
Scientists and other specialists at the museum, represented by the union Prospect, have firmly opposed the destruction of the garden and say that mature habitats can’t simply be dug up and successfully moved. They add that the plans go against ethos of sustainability on which the institution prides itself.
The garden hosts organised educational visits by thousands of school children annually and important research on the impact of climate change on native species takes place there. In recent years the garden has served as an ark for rare species of wildlife threatened by development elsewhere.
See more details of this and the petition HERE >>
Britain is under attack from a silent invader that is taking over our ponds and streams
The plant was introduced into cultivation in the United Kingdom in 1901 and has escaped to become naturalized in marshy areas in Britain and Ireland, for example in Hampshire and Surrey, including Wisley Gardens, and in the north and west of the UK.
If you spot skunk cabbage in the countryside report it to the Environment Agency.
Martin Bravenboer -
Sussex Wildlife Trust is making an urgent appeal to its members and supporters to help protect dormice living in the county.
This charming nocturnal mammal faces many threats and challenges to its continued survival including damage to woodland and hedgerows caused by housing and other development, the decline in coppicing their woodland habitat and changes in agricultural practice.
Work to allow dormice to move freely to source food, nesting material and provide protection from predators is already underway at three Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserves, West Dean Woods near Chichester, Marline Valley near Hastings and Selwyn’s Wood near Heathfield.
In addition to habitat management, monitoring of dormouse numbers will also take place, providing valuable data in planning for the future protection of this charismatic animal. ‘Not only are dormice rare and extremely shy but they are also nocturnal so you are unlikely to see one in the wild. To thrive, they need living conditions with a good mix of tree species, well managed hazel coppice, green corridors to move along and an understorey of honeysuckle and bramble as a source of food, nesting material and to provide vital cover from predators.
Photo: D Middleton SWT