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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 32.8 August 2021

Hovering on the edge of extinction: efforts to save the Pine Hoverfly

By - Jane Sears, lain MacGowan, Ellen Rotheray, Anne Elliott, Helen R. Taylor, Genevieve Tompkins

The Pine Hoverfly in Britain is in a precarious state: adults have not been recorded in the wild for a number of years, and populations have dwindled owing to changes in the Caledonian pinewoods – their sole refuge. In recent decades, however, a community of organisations and individuals has been working tirelessly to reverse the decline of this species through captive breeding and bespoke habitat management. Here, members of the Pine Hoverfly Steering Group describe efforts to secure the future of this icon of the Caledonian forest.    

The Pine Hoverfly Blera fallax is one of Britain’s rarest insects, and one of rela­tively few non-lepidopteran invertebrates to have been subject to intensive and dedicated conservation effort. In Britain, the Pine Hoverfly is a denizen of ancient Caledonian pinewoods, mature native Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris providing the only habitat in which its highly specific life-history requirements can be met.

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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