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 Agency, University 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.