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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 27.1 October 2015

Conserving the Aspen Hoverfly

By - Jane Sears, Graham Rotheray, lain MacGowan, Ellen Rotheray, Anne Elliott

To follow Alan Stubbs’s article on Aspendependent invertebrates in British Wildlife last year, the authors delve into the ecology and conservation history of one species in particular.

On 27th June 1905, at Grantown-on-Spey, Invernessshire (now within the Cairngorms National Park), adults of the medium-sized, rust-coloured hoverfly Hammerschmidtia ferruginea (Diptera, Syrphidae) were found in the UK for the first time by Lt. Col. John William Yerbury and Cambridge University librarian Charles Lamb. Appropriately enough, but not at the time knowing the significance, they captured these first adults on Aspen stumps Populus tremula.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist