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Plantlife 50% membership offer

Plantlife are making a special offer of 50% discount for anyone wanting to join for the first time. The benefits of membership include the Plantlife magazine three times a year, invitations to events such as Members’ Day and the knowledge that they are contributing to protecting wild plants and fungi, and the ecosystems which depend on them. Joining is easy, just visit the website > and enter ORCHID in the discount code box.

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JNCC marine reports published

The following reports relating to the marine environments have been published by JNCC: Report 598 Monitoring guidance for marine benthic habitats Report 515 Physical Damage (Reversible Change) – Penetration and/or disturbance of the substrate below the surface of the seabed, including abrasion Report 601 Physical damage (Reversible Change) – Habitat structure changes – removal of substratum (extraction) Report 602 Review of analytical approaches for identifying usage and foraging areas at sea for harbour seals Report 603 Identifying the possible impacts of rock dump from oil and gas decommi

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Ivy Bee Survey

Image by Ben Heather

The Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) is a relative newcomer to Suffolk and has actually only been in the UK since 2001. It is a species whose distribution is gradually expanding northwards and can probably now be readily found throughout Suffolk. It is a fairly easy bee to identify with its boldly banded abdomen and can be found, at this time of year, foraging on Ivy flowers. The bees are solitary in terms of their nesting habits, but nesting aggregations are often quite dense in loose, friable soil – this could be your lawn or a warm south-facing bank.

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