Saving England's Tigers

From Habitat Volume 35, No 4, April 1999.

Plans for recovering some of the UK's rarest and most threatened creatures were published by the Government on 5th March 1999. The UK Biodiversity Action Plans for invertebrates emphasise their important role in nature, including pollinating flowers, controlling pests and decomposing organic matter. Their presence and absence are indicators of the health of the countryside. For example, Tiger beetles, voracious predatory insects (no larger than 17mm), have declined dramatically during this century due to changes in their habitats, which include heathland, cliffs and sand dunes. Further details are available from Roger Key, English Nature, Northminister House, Peterborough.

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