RSPB and Conservation Trust to merge

Two of the region's conservation charities have launched a new partnership to improve their advice to farmers on wildlife-friendly methods of agriculture.

The RSPB in the East of England aims to share its expertise about birds with the Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Buglife, which is devoted to the conservation of creatures including bees, beetles, spiders, butterflies and snails.

As a result of the new partnership, RSPB advisors will be able to explain how farmers can protect a multitude of species on their land.

Richard Smith, from Buglife, said: 'Invertebrates are very important: they play a vital part in pollinating our crops and wild plants and help to maintain healthy soil. By providing farmers with the appropriate advice, they will be able to help conserve our essential farmland invertebrates.'

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