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Buglife makes home in Peterborough


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Buglife, the Invertebrate Conservation Trust, has set up new offices in Peterborough. They provide it with a central location so it can travel efficiently across the UK and be amongst the growing cluster of environmental organisations already established in the city.

Buglife is a new charity, founded in 2002, and the first organisation in Europe committed to the conservation of all invertebrates. There are over 30,000 different species in the UK, over 50 per cent of which are in decline and many of which are threatened with extinction. The organisation aims to maintain sustainable populations of invertebrates.

Roger Taylor, development manager of Buglife (left); and conservation director Matt Shardlow (right) inspect a key invertebrate oasis at Canvey Island in Essex. (c) Roger Taylor


The charity needed offices located within easy reach of rail networks to enable its team to quickly travel across the UK. It also wanted to be located amongst the growing cluster of environmental businesses and statutory organisations already established in the Greater Peterborough area, which include English Nature and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

After looking at a number of potential premises in the city it selected offices in Park Road, just a few minutes walk from the main line station.

Matt Shardlow, director of Buglife, said: “Location was of prime importance to us. We have a small team and limited funds so we need to operate very efficiently. We also wanted to be part of and benefit from the growing environmental expertise in the city.

“Our new offices will help us to achieve this and provide us with plenty of room for future growth and expansion.”

Currently Buglife employs two people full time and also has several part time employees and trustees. It is expecting to take on more staff in the near future.

December 2003

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