This project is supported by the following organisations:

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) is a collaborative project which involves many of the UK’s wildlife conservation organisations, the government and country agencies, environmental agencies, local records centres and also many voluntary groups. All of these organisations collect and use biodiversity data. The NBN is making as much of the information as possible available to everyone who needs it.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a Government Department in the UK.

The overarching challenge for Defra is to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper.


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funds world-class science in universities and our own research centres that increases knowledge and understanding of the natural world. We are tackling the 21st century's major environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity and natural hazards. We lead in providing independent research and training in the environmental sciences.

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the statutory adviser to Government on UK and international nature conservation. Its work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity, conserving geological features and sustaining natural systems. JNCC delivers the UK and international responsibilities of the four country nature conservation agencies - Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, the Countryside Council for Wales, Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Potato Council Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, and is committed to supporting the British potato industry.


At the Department of Biological Sciences, Hull University,  scientists are  investigating the evolutionary genetics of the Harlequin ladybird. It is hoped that this unique case study will contribute significantly to our understanding of the evolutionary biology of species invasions.

Rothamsted Research is the largest agricultural research centre in the United Kingdom. The Department of Plant and Invertebrate Ecology is researching the effects of the Harlequin ladybird on native insects and pathogens.