The tansy beetle is a beautiful, shiny green beetle that feeds on the tansy plant. Although the plant is quite common along the banks of the Ouse, the beetles are not great flyers making it difficult for them to get to new areas. As a result they are now only found in a few small pockets in York which are prone to flooding, putting the insects at risk.
The 18-month project aims to get more people involved in helping the beetle to thrive and expand its current range and will work closely with City of York Council and the long running Tansy Beetle Action Group.
The beetle's new conservation officer Sophie Badrick said: "It’s a very exciting project which is creating a huge amount of opportunities for people to get involved and become Tansy Beetle Champions.
"We’re hoping to get people doing a range of different activities. From growing tansy plants in your garden; to helping give guided walks; to getting out with Buglife to protect or improve existing habitat, there’s something for everyone."