Surrey heath habitat improved for tiger beetle

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

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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