Controversial bee project buzzing with success

Controversial bee project buzzing with success

A bee re-introduction plan in Kent which led to outrage in Sweden appears to be working as researchers discover workers in the fields – a sure sign of the queen bees having bred. There has been a number of failed attempts at reintroducing the short-haired bumblebee to Kent in this year it may have finally…
Global Re-introductions case studies published

Global Re-introductions case studies published

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the latest volume of case studies involving the re-introduction of endangered species. The 298 page book is available to download free of charge in pdf format. It covers 236 re-introduction programmes and is the 4th in a series from the Reintroduction Specialists Group. The…
Cheetahs return after 100 year absence

Cheetahs return after 100 year absence

For the first time in over 100 years wild cheetahs are roaming the Free State wilderness in South Africa thanks to a re-introduction programme. The first 2 cheetahs – both males – have been released by The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), in partnership with Laohu Valley Reserve and Amakhala Game Reserve. Free State has been…
No cheetahs for India

No cheetahs for India

The Indian courts have ruled that the proposed cheetah introduction programme in India can not go ahead. This will please many conservationists who don’t believe that the move is the correct one. The plan was put on hold because no consultation had taken place with the National Board for Wildlife (NBW) which is a statutory body for the enforcement of…
Anger growing over Swedish bee imports

Anger growing over Swedish bee imports

It may have been a good news story for British conservationists with the proposed re-introduction of the short-haired bumblebee to Kent. But there is growing anger in Sweden that their population of the species may be put under risk by the project. It’s not just locals who are concerned about the British scientists heading out this weekend to start…
From Sweden with buzz

From Sweden with buzz

A precious cargo will soon be on the way from Sweden to the UK over the next couple of weeks. At the weekend a team of bee specialists are buzzing of to Sweden to collect 100 queen bees of the species Bombus subterraneus as part of plans to re-establish the species in the UK. Bombus…
Beavers breed in Scotland for first time in 400 years

Beavers breed in Scotland for first time in 400 years

There’s celebrations going on north of the border as confirmation comes that beavers which were reintroduced to the UK last year have bred and kits – beaver cubs – appear to be doing well. The best part of the news is that the two kits are from different family groups and that would indicate that…
Reestablishing dragonflies

Reestablishing dragonflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are amazing creatures. They can keep me occupied for ages on a hot summer afternoon as they buzz around ponds and wetlands after their prey. If you see a diverse and active pond community then you know the local environment is doing well. The wildlife Trust are currently trying to re-establish a…
Butterfly returns home to Hertfordshire

Butterfly returns home to Hertfordshire

It’s always great to hear news about wildlife returning back to a location that they once inhabited and as National Insect Week comes to a close this is a great story about the returning of a butterfly. For the first time in 8 years the small blue – Britain’s smallest butterfly – has been spotted…