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Insects: Conservation

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL14569, tabled on 14 March 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action, if any, they are taking to save the royal splinter crane fly from extinction.

Answered on

26 March 2019

Natural England is working with a range of external partners on the Back from the Brink programme. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other external funders, this is an inspiring partnership for threatened species and their habitats. The programme is safeguarding the future of 12 specific species, including the shrill carder bee, and benefiting over 200 others, including the violet click beetle and royal splinter crane fly.

The Back from the Brink programme is supporting the conservation of the shrill carder bee in its two strongholds in England, in Somerset and the Thames Gateway. By working with specialists and volunteers, the programme is improving our understanding of the needs of this rare bee, encouraging improved management of existing flower rich grassland and creating further habitat to support its populations.

The programme’s partners are also improving the management and understanding of ancient woodlands which provide habitat for the violet click beetle and royal splinter crane fly, including Windsor and Savernake Forests. The project is providing habitat for these species by installing beetle boxes and managing ageing trees, and is providing opportunities for the public to encounter and learn about these vital species.