Coleg Cambria Northop recently hosted the Invertebrate Species Survival Meeting attracting guests from a host of organisations including Paignton Zoo, ZSL, Natural England, Bristol Zoo, Buglife, Reaseheath College and Flora and Fauna International.

The invertebrate species survival meeting is a collaboration between numerous BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) collections, government bodies and NGOS (Non-Governmental Organisations) to raise awareness of invertebrate conservation and aid zoological collections and other organisations in working with invertebrates.

Currently they are working through a list of the most threatened invertebrates (Natural England’s’ extinct by 2020 list) in the UK with the hope that zoological collections will be more informed about their plight and be able to help the conservation of each species in some way.

Wendy Gacem, Animal Centre Manager said: “It is a great opportunity for the College to become involved with this project to conserve native invertebrate species. Invertebrates are often overlooked in favour of more charismatic animals but play such an important part in ecosystems. It is quite concerning that an estimated 230 species could become extinct in the Uk by 2020. Much work is needed to protect habitats and the invertebrates within them.”

To find out more about Animal Care courses at our sites in Northop or Llysfasi please visit www.cambria.ac.uk

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