Reversing the Decline of Insects

Why the Wildlife Trusts need us to take action

Few things conjure up an image of the countryside quite like a bee buzzing from flower to flower, a butterfly flitting across a meadow, or a beetle making its way through tall grass.  The reality, however, is less than idyllic.  Modern living has seen insect numbers drop at an alarming rate, and we risk losing many of them forever.

Life systems depend on insects.

Insects make up the majority of our wildlife and are truly remarkable in the roles they play.  Pollinators such as wild bees, hoverflies and moths are vital for passing on pollen to help our flowers reproduce, and approximately three quarters of the crop types grown by humans rely on pollination by insects.

Insects break down and decompose organic materials.  They transform dead matter and waste into usable material, such as fertile soil for crops.  They are also a vital food source for many other animals, including birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Can you help?

Britain’s Wildlife Trusts need communities and individuals to help them stop insects from dying out.  Two new action guides for communities and individuals are packed full of information to help us all take practical action in our local neighbourhood and at home.  Just taking a few simple actions can have a big impact if we all take part.  Together we can reverse insect loss and help the wildlife that depends on insects to thrive once more.
Sign up for your free guide here https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/take-action-insects.

Want to know more?

Read the new Wildlife Trust report Reversing the Decline of Insects – https://www.somersetwildlife.org/what-we-do/restore-somersets-nature/campaign-nature/action-insects – which highlights case studies of individuals, farmers, communities, landowners and councils which have taken positive action to help insects.

Georgia Stokes
CEO, Somerset Wildlife Trust