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Many of Britain’s most familiar moth species have suffered catastrophic population declines in the past thirty years. The charity, Butterfly Conservation wants to get a clearer picture of which species are thriving in which area and which species are in serious trouble.
Shared Earth listeners can help out by spending the weekend looking out for twenty easily recognisable moths. Find out more about how to contribute to our knowledge about Britain’s moths on the Butterfly Conservation website: www.mothscount.org
The energy company, Npower deposits much of the ash from Didcot Power Station in a set of old gravel pits at Radley near Abingdon. One of the last remaining pits has developed into an attractive lake, popular with local people and wildlife.
Npower now wants to fill Thrup Lake, much to the displeasure of many local people. Dylan listened to both sides of the debate, hearing about the crucial role the lake plays in the local community and Npower’s long-term plans to return the site to nature.
New technology is allowing researchers to fill in the huge gaps in our knowledge about Britain’s bats. Jon Flanders of Bristol University is busy this summer tracking the bats of Purbeck in Dorset to find out more about where they feed, roost, breed and give birth.
The information he gathers will help conservationists create the best possible landscapes for our endangered bat species.
Dr Paul Rooney of Liverpool Hope University is an evangelist for the wildlife of sand dunes. Dylan joined him on Sefton Sands to hear more about the natterjack toads, sand lizards and tiger beetles the eagle-eyed beach-goer might be able to spot this summer.