Join the midnight mass for moths

The moth: a nightime butterfly

According to a recent article on the BBC website, nocturnal bats and moths are facing a “crisis” of survival.

Both the Butterfly Conservation and Bat Conservation Trust are urging people to take part in the “National Moth Night” on May 15th, to help aid research into both species and their habitats.

Our local “National Moth Night” is being held at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry, CV3 3GW starting at 7pm.

If you can’t make it down to the public event, then why not take the advice of the conservationists and set up your own moth and bat watch night in your back garden? You don’t need to own fancy recording equipment, as simple household concoctions can work just as well. Items such as sugar, wine-ropes,  blossom and even bright lights can all attract moths to your garden.

So give it a go, and send any information you record to National Moth Night for the chance to win some great prizes.

Internet is hotspot for illegal animal trading

The dangers of the Internet

The internet has become one of the main threats to endangered species, according to conservationists.

Our high-tech age of constant consumerism means that we can buy and sell anything we want – including live animals or their fur – through online auctions and chatrooms.

According to recent findings, it is the anonymity of these online auction sites and chatrooms which causes such a problem – as the illegal activities of buying and selling either animals or their furs is severely difficult to trace back to the perpetrator.

These websites clearly need to have a higher level of regulation around them, as these activities are illegal and a serious problem to the conservation and protection of our endangered species.

Future for Bog Orchid looks murky

Bog Orchid

Unfortunately it is not just the animal life that is suffering, as the Bog Orchid could also be at risk of dying out in the West Midlands. Despite its name, this plant is simply stunning to observe; with its tiny yellow/green flowers and long tall steam which stands high above ground level, it is lovely looking.

The Bog Orchid is a particularly rare species; so rare, in fact, that it even became a target for thieves in 2001, when they stole the last remaining example of the plant from an area in Norfolk. So surely there must be something we can do to keep this rare beauty in the Midlands?

Beetles and Butterflies might beat it

Chalkhill Blue Butterfly

The Hister Beetle is also at risk of becoming extinct in the Midlands. Usually found buried under the bark in many of our local parks, this unique species of beetle is renowned for its ability to live side-by-side with ants and termites –a rare feat amongst other beetles in the world.

Our peaceful and harmonious friends could soon be gone forever, and you can bet the ants and termites aren’t looking forward to whatever new beetle crew takes their place!

Worse still is the news that the beautiful Chalkhill Blue Butterfly could flutter away for good. This breed is only found in the UK, but due to it’s habitat of chalk and limestone grassland beginning to decline, this majestic creation may soon be extinct.

How will our Augusts’ ever be the same without the sight of this startling butterfly hovering above our shrubs and flowers?

Bye Bye Birdie

The Twite Finch

The Twite Finch

The West Midlands is suffering from a continuing rise in numerous species of animal and plant life becoming endangered.

Many people will be fond of the small, speckled brown Twite bird, which was often seen fluttering around many of the more rural areas of the West Midlands in previous years – mostly because our local area provides plenty of low-lying shrubbery and bushes, in which it builds its nests. So it will be a shock to many an avid bird watcher to find that this little cutie is actually becoming extinct in the West Midlands and Birmingham areas.

It would be a sad day to find that this little finch had finally disappeared from our hedge ways for good, so stick a bird-feeder in your back garden full of seeds and welcome the little guys in to set up home in your hedge.