Buglife, the invertebrate conservation charity, has recently published new guidance for local authorities on producing a ‘Local Pollinator Action Plan’. Pollinators are essential components of a healthy environment and play a vital role in food production. This guidance aims to encourage Local Authorities to develop a local action plan to ensure the needs of pollinators are taken care of both now and into the future.
Essex Wildlife Trust recently joined a number of other local wildlife groups at the official opening of Foxearth Nature Reserve, a newly designated Local Wildlife Site in Braintree district.
The latest report on the State of the UK's Birds has been released, and shows mixed forturnes for the UK's bird populations. Whilst targeted conservation work has improved the status of some species, there has been an overall increase in the number of red listed species.
The annual report on the State of the UK Barn Owl Population has been published for 2016 and contains data from Essex Wildlife Trust for the first time.
A new study by Butterfly Conservation, The University of Kent and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has found that butterflies are declining more dramatically in urban areas than in the countryside. Overall, butterfly abundance in urban areas has fallen by 69% compared with a 45% decline in more rural areas.