In October 2016, we awarded Buglife £58,000 over 2 years towards projects for pollinators and freshwater bugs.
Buglife is the leading organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. Buglife actively works to encourage the general public and their partners to value Britain’s rarest and most diverse creatures, everything from crayfish to caddisflies and jumping spiders to jellyfish. Buglife’s vision is a wildlife-rich planet where species, including invertebrates, thrive alongside people. Buglife’s aim is to achieve sustainable populations and stop the extinction of invertebrate species. Buglife accomplish this by protecting, improving and expanding their habitats and strengthening the respect given to bug species.
- Buglife’s Urban Buzz project continues to be hugely successful, with the project now having worked with over 6,000 local volunteers in York, Leeds, Birmingham, Leicester, Cardiff, Bristol, Plymouth and Ipswich to deliver over 140 hectares of improved wildflower and nesting habitat across over 470 sites.
- Buglife continue to prioritise B-Lines projects to enhance pollinator populations across the landscape, with the South Wales B-Lines network now mapped to start delivery in 2018. Buglife have developed a sustainable approach to B-Lines delivery, where land owners or managers across swathes of the country are looking to contribute to the network and commit to long-term management, inspired by the programme.
- Buglife have made key freshwater habitats, such as those affecting the UK’s internationally important populations of Freshwater pearl mussel, a core part of the Important Invertebrate Areas map, identifying the best areas of the UK for invertebrates and the habitats upon which they rely. These will be used to help ensure suitable sustainable approaches are taken to managing freshwater habitats and activities in the surrounding catchment.
- Through the Conservation Delivery Manager’s input, Buglife have also tried to influence planning applications affecting nationally significant wetland sites.