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Save our stag beetles: make your garden a stag beetle sanctuary

Mid to late May marks the time of year when stag beetles (Lucanus cervus) are likely to be seen, as warmer evenings draw them above ground to find a mate and reproduce. However, despite being Britain’s largest land beetle, they are also one of Britain’s rarer beetles. Now, People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is offering advice as to how gardeners can help make their green spaces a haven for stag beetles, to help reverse the decline of this iconic insect.

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National Bat Monitoring Programme Annual Report 2016 published

The National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) is an annual series of bat surveys undertaken by thousands of dedicated volunteers, which allow us to monitor changes in British bat populations. The data we collect are used by the Government and conservation organisations to monitor the health of our environment, inform policy and improve the conservation of bats. This report provides population trends for 11 of Great Britain's 17 resident bat species derived from data collected up to and including summer 2016.

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Bradfield Woods project is through to public vote

Tesco shoppers can support building of new wood-working shelter. Suffolk Wildlife Trust is asking shoppers to vote for a project at one of its reserves after making it through to the final of a community initiative launched by Tesco. The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help scheme, which see grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Three groups in each of Tesco’s 416 regions have been shortlisted to receive the cash award.

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