spiky yellow woodlouse

£180,000 raised in battle to save rare species

An appeal for money to save threatened species in UK overseas territories – including St Helena’s spiky yellow woodlouse – has raised three quarters of its £240,000 target. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds urges would-be donors to support “a team effort” with conservationists, governments and local people. When the appeal was launched, …

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Rare island woodlouse is ‘just hanging on’, says expert

St Helena’s unique Spiky Yellow Woodlouse species is struggling to survive, a comment by visiting expert Dr Roger Key has suggested. The plight of the “amazing little creature” was noted back in 2003, when Dr Rebecca Cairns-Wicks of St Helena National Trust said it was “not as common as it was just ten years ago”. …

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The gloves are on: governor joins fight against invasives

He didn’t quite get his hands dirty… but St Helena’s governor has been helping, in a small way, to create a “cloud forest” across the highest parts of the island. Mark Capes and chief secretary Owen O’Sullivan planted a few endemics at High Peak, where St Helena National Trust has been clearing invasive species to …

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