The Deep News - June 2017



29th June 2017

Our 'Tend to a Tansy' project has been a real success and we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken time to help grow seeds with us - the Environment AgencyUniversity of Hull Horticultural department, Ings Primary School and of course our very own staff from The Deep and The Deep Business Centre. 

So far, we have around 400 plants, with more on the way. Staff from both The Deep and volunteers from the Tansy Beetle Action group will be gathering together to plant the newly grown Tansy at Acomb Landing, York. This conservation action will create a brand new site for these beetles to thrive and populate, increasing their numbers along the banks of the River Ouse. 

The Tansy beetle was once widespread across Britain but it is now an endangered species which is mainly found along a 30km stretch of the banks of the River Ouse in York. It is now a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species, which means public bodies have a duty to protect it. Pressures such as land-use changes and the increase of invasive species has led to a decline in the past few decades. 

It is hoped that through this project, we can expand the beetles range by planting more tansy plants which this species feed on and use as an egg laying site. 



26th June 2017

Since this time last year, our IUCN Marine Red Listing Officer Rob has assessed a whopping 454 aquatic species. This critical work identifies the status of each species and ensures that conservation actions are put into place to safeguard their future. This data is then published on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

This work is helping to achieve the IUCN's goal of assessing 20,000 marine species by 2020 for the Red List of Threatened Species. The IUCN Red List has been assessing the extinction threat faced by species around the world for the last 50 years. It is the most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of the world’s species. This crucial tool is instrumental to driving conservation actions towards threatened species, enabling conservationists to reduce or prevent extinctions. The Red List is a global reference relied on by policy makers at the highest levels.

In addition, Rob has co-ordinated and developed an accredited Red List training workshop, which will assist in recruiting new collections to sign up to this monumental partnership. This has already been delivered to representatives from BIAZA institutions across the UK, which the aim of establishing further collaborations and partnership within the zoo and aquarium community.

Over the coming months, Rob will be spending time with representatives from collections who have signed up, training their staff on how to assess species for the Red List. By working together, many of the un-assessed species in the ocean may have a safer future. 

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