New home created for one of UK’s most endangered beetles12/06/2012 10:22:17 New ‘brownfield' site created for rare beetle
June 2012. Wildlife charity, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and The University of East London (UEL) have created a new home for one of the UK's most endangered invertebrates - the Streaked bombardier beetle (Brachinus sclopeta).
Only recently found in the UK
In the UK, the Streaked bombardier beetle has only recently been found on a couple of ex-industrial sites called brownfields in the Thames Gateway, London. One of these brownfield sites, had already been destroyed.
Just days before their second home was due to be destroyed, fifteen Streaked bombardier beetles were rescued in an emergency operation. The beetles have now been re-homed on a new designer brownfield site at the University of East London's Docklands Campus.
Project Manager, Dr Stuart Connop, Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute at UEL said: "It's fantastic that UEL has given a home to the Beetle Bump. We are providing an endangered member of Britain's wildlife with a chance of survival, and also demonstrating how nature can become an integral part of an urban community."
London Wildlife Trust, UEL and Buglife volunteers helped with the habitat creation which included plug planting a range of native wildflowers rich in pollen and nectar for pollinating insects such as beetles, bees and butterflies.
The site will be monitored by Buglife and UEL to check the progress of the Streaked bombardier beetle.