Bringing Bugs back to LIFE: 18-19 September 2018

Green Tiger Beetle; Buglife Scotland, Roughcastle

BRINGING BUGS BACK TO LIFE: action for threatened invertebrates; presentations and outputs

EU LIFE Platform meeting on invertebrates, STEP Scotland, Stirling, FK7 7RP, Scotland

This two day event attracted prominent EU Life programme representatives and EU Life projects that include invertebrates as a key component.  It included field visits to sites in Central Scotland that are subjects of the EcoCoLife project and workshops to work out how to encourage a greater focus on invertebrates through the EU LIFE Programme. A Summary Report, agenda, background note and presentations are available as follows;

Summary report for Policy Makers


Background Note


DAY 1 - 18th September 2018
Keith Alexander, Invertebrate Specialist, IUCN, Red list species at the European level 

Andrew Whitehouse, Buglife, Back from the Brink – Red List species conservation in action 

Joao Pedro Silva, Neemo Communications Team, Overview of LIFE and invertebrates  

Laszlo Becsy, EU Life Unit, Programme for the Environment and climate Action

Philip Bowler, Natural England, LIFE03 NAT/UK/042, Restoration of the mid-Cornwall Moors for Euphydras aurinia.

Paul Sizeland, Project Manager, EcoCo LIFE 13 BIO UK 428, Ecological Coherence and Invertebrates 

Craig Macadam, Buglife, How EcoCo is helping to conserve bugs 

Presentation of the Poster sessions – speed presentations

DAY 2 - 19th September

Tomáš Vondřejc, LIFE09 NAT CZ 364 Butterflies CZ-SK – Integrated protection of rare butterfly species of nonforest habitats.

Mike Howe, LIFE17NAT/UK/000023 Sands of LIFE – Restoring dune habitats for the benefit of biodiversity.

Sönke Hardersen, LIFE11 NAT IT 252 MIPP – Monitoring of insects with public participation and sniffer dogs.

Hugues Mouret, LIFE08 NAT F 478 Urban Bees – - To conserve and enhance the biodiversity of wild bees in urban habitats in Europe.

WORKING GROUP 1; Species Approach
Bernhard Theissen, LIFE15 NAT/DE/745 - LIFE patches and corridors: Promoting a sustainablemetapopulation of Violet Copper butterflies.

WORKING GROUP 2; Habitats Approach:
Richard Smith, LIFE13 NAT/UK/451, THAT’S LIFE: Peatland restoration conserving invertebrates – monitoring systems established.

WORKING GROUP 3; A Focus on People:
Michelle Clemens, LIFE11 NAT/LU/858, LIFE Eislek: Project organised training course on how to monitor Violet copper butterflies – validated by experts.

WORKING GROUP 4; Essential Enablers:
Margherita Norbiato, LIFE14 NAT/IT/209, LIFE EREMITA: Coordinated actions to preserve residual and isolated populations of forest and freshwater insects in Emilia-Romagna.