Surrey heath habitat improved for tiger beetle

Heath Tiger Beetle (picture by Jon Hawkins) The heath tiger beetle is found in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Dorset (picture by Jon Hawkins)

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A project to create habitats for a species of beetle that has seen a 60% decline in numbers in Surrey has received a funding boost.

The Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) is to receive almost £19,000 for phase two of its heath tiger beetle project.

The project will create the bare-ground habitat required by the 19mm predatory beetle.

Phase one saw the re-introduction at various sites in Surrey and West Sussex, a trust spokesman said.

It said numbers of heath tiger beetles in Britain had more than halved in 25 years, with a 60% loss of Surrey populations.

The beetles are also found in Hampshire and Dorset.

The grant of £18,805 has been awarded by the SITA Trust, which funds projects affecting the natural environment and community life.

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