Friday, February 17, 2012

Campaign to protect rare beetle starts

A TWO-year conservation project has been launched to help protect a beetle found only on the banks of the River Ouse.
In the whole of the UK, the tansy beetle is only known to exist in small populations along the river which runs through York, while its population is in decline elsewhere in continental Europe.
Now the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has announced a two-year conservation project on 12 sites around the Ouse, to include the restoration and creation of ponds, planting of shrubs and tackling invasive species like Himalayan balsam which competes with tansy plants on which the beetle relies for food.
Project officer Claire Jackson said: “This is a brilliant project to be part of as insects play a huge role in our ecosystem.
“Knowing that we can improve and create habitats for insects that other species will also benefit from is a really good feeling.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help the project can contact the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust office on 01904 659570.

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