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.
The latest edition of Cladocera News is available to download from the Cladocera Interest Group website: www.cladocera.org.uk. The Cladocera interest group is an informal alliance of naturalists with an interest in small freshwater crustacea, known as Cladocera or water fleas.
The latest River Wardens Newsletter is available to download here. In this issue:
The Essex Wildlife Trust River Wardens have been announced as the winners of the inaugural Lynne Farrell Group Award at the National Biodiversity Network Awards for Biological Recording and Information Sharing!
A recent moth trapping session by Basildon Natural History Society at Essex Wildlife Trust's Marks Hill Nature Reserve uncovered two new species for the reserve, including one which had been searched for since 2009!