29th July 2017
Today some of our staff and volunteers from the Tansy Beetle Action Group have been out at Acomb Landing in York along the banks of the River Ouse, planting Tansy plants for the endangered Tansy beetle.
Since April we have all been working hard to grow Tansy plants from seeds collected by our husbandry team. These were then distributed between Deep staff, the Environment Agency, Hull University and local business tenants from The Deep’s Business Centre. After an amazing effort by all, we successfully propagated around 400 plants.
Acomb Landing is a brand new site for these beetles. We hope that by clearing the land and planting Tansy, once established, we can encourage this endangered species to expand its population into the area. Further work will be required to monitor and manage the land effectively, but this provides great hope for increasing their dwindling populations.
The Deep is proud to be involved in helping to save this true Yorkshire gem and will continue to work with the other members of the Tansy Beetle Action Group (TBAG) to monitor their progress and follow any translocation of populations from ‘Ark sites’ in the region. These ‘Ark sites’ are secure and stable reserves where Tansy plants (and beetles) flourish.
To learn more about this work and how you too can get involved visit: https://www.buglife.org.uk/tansy-beetle-action-group