The main objective of Beetles Life is to improve the conservation status of saproxylic and pyrophilous insect species inhabiting boreal forests and bog woodlands in Finland. The project will restore existing forest habitats as well as potential habitats, encouraging the development of natural features. This will involve controlled burning, simulations of storm damage or other controlled damage to increase the amount of decaying wood. Bog woodlands will be restored by blocking ditches and removing trees to increase their water retention.

Beetles LIFE also aims to minimise the negative effect of fragmentation of the target species' primary habitats. Raising awareness about the insects is another important goal. Long term, the best conservation measures will be promoted as part of detailed action plans for the species in question, to transfer the best working practices to key stakeholders.

The project will support the implementation of the Habitats Directive through its work to improve the conservation status of the species targeted, with active management of the insects' habitats and their connectivity.


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Metshallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland


Metshallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland

University of Helsinki, Finland

Humak University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Finland

Metsähallitus Forestry, Finland

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Oct 27, 2022   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Dec 12, 2023

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