WHAT IS BUGLIFE ?

Buglife The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is the only charity in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, and is passionately committed to saving the small things that run the world. The charity was established in2002 and has a strong conservation track record, saving sites that are home to endangered species; promoting the conservation of invertebrates to the public and land managers; undertaking research and surveys essential to planning effective action.; and influencing policy and legislation so as to benefit endangered species. Buglife now has ten members of staff, the following are examples of their achievements:-

* Successfully lobbying to insert wording in the Clean Neighbourhoods Act 2005, that ensured that insects in the countryside would not be declared a public nuisance.

* Campaigning for the banning of the use of Cypermethrin as a sheep dip-sale was suspended in February 2006.

* Training over 500 people to identify bumblebees at workshops in Essex and London in 2007.

* Buglife's legal action to protect the biodiversity on West Thurrock Marshes resulted in the client {Royal Mail} pulling out of the development in 2008- although as this is written a planning threat still hangs over the 36 rare and endangered insects on the site.

Buglife's aim is "to stop the  extinction of invertebrate species and to achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates."

The work that the charity does is of vital importance because the food we eat, the fish we catch, the birds we see, the flowers we smell,  and the hum of life we hear, simply would not exist without bugs. Invertebrates underpin life on earth and without them the world's ecosystems would collapse. Buga are also fantastic animals in their own right and once lost, they cannot be replaced.

There are currently great problems for invertebrates. Many populations are declining and many thousands of species are heading towards extinction.This strategy sets out the priorities for Buglife in terms of the conservation and awareness raising outcomes that the charity intends to achieve in the period 2008-2012

To obtain much more information about this strategy visit the Links banner on the right hand side of this page. The buglife website can be accessed from there. Click on Growing Success.

Buglife Projects

There are more than 40,000 invertebrates species in the UK. and many of these, as well as many international species, are under threat as never before.Buglife works on a number of projects to conserve invertebrates and their habitats.

Invertebrates are vitally important to a healthy planet-human and other life forms could not survive without them. 

Invertebrates are facing an extinction crisis

Today thousands of invertebrates species are declining and many are heading towards extinction. World wide 150,000 species could be gone by 2050 if we do nothing. Each invertebrate species plays a critically important role in the web of life. Once lost, they can never be replaced. Many invertebrates have incredible life stories yet to be told, and we literally don't know what we are on the brink of losing.

Buglife's aim is to stop the extinction of invertebrate species and to achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates. We are working hard to achieve this by--- 

* undertaking practical conservation projects that will contribute to achieving our aim.

* Promoting the environmental importance of invertebrates and raising awareness about the challenges to their survival.

* Assisting in the development of legislation and policy that will ensure the conservation of invertebrates.

* Developing and disseminating the knowledge about how to conserve invertebrates.

* Encouraging and supporting conservation initiatives by organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide. 


Examples of key habitat associated with insects.

Dead wood and veteran trees are essential to over 1,000 species found nowhere else.

* River banks and exposed river sediments-home to over 3,000 species of invertebrate.

* Stream faunas are also under threat from pollution and invasive alien species.

* Grazing levels ditches have especially good brackish {salty} invertebrate faunas.

* Soft rock cliffs and landslips { contain many rare species}.

* Groundwater seepages / water abstraction { immense invertebrate importance} 

* Wet woodland { under-rated by other naturalists}

* Brownfield sites { the last refuge for large faunas of pioneer habitats}.

* Quarries { inappropriate restoration often results in invertebrate extinctions}

* Dung fauna {modern farm grass and veterinary products a big problem}.

* Fungus faunas { about 1,000 species are dependent on fungus; may be severely impacted by the "food for free" philosophy

On the buglife website there is a plethora of information about invertebrates, habitat, endangered species, and associated issues.



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