Save our Insects

Some numbers that might surprise you

Number of Insect species (estimated 2021)
Percentage of total species of all animals
Number of insects per human in millions
Weight of insects compared to people on earth (times)

Featured website – Buglife … and some of their videos:

Seasonal Gardening tasks for wildlife

B-Lines: How insect pathways can ensure the survival of bees and pollinating insects

Five Things To Do To Reverse Insect Decline

"If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse". Sir David Attenborough

9 ways you can help to save insects from extinction

By Vicki Hird

Published: 16th October, 2021 at 16:00

From the food we eat and the clothes we wear, to clean water and healthy seas, the invertebrates really matter. They are vital for crop plant pollination, soil structures, as predators of key crop pests, and turning waste products into valuable nutrients. And they also enrich our lives as keystone species helping the wildlife we love to thrive and also through art and culture.

They are simply extraordinary. And without them we are unlikely to survive let alone thrive. Yes, some can be a big nuisance, but in many ways we have gone so far researching and working out how to kill a few that we’ve forgotten to protect the rest. In fact we are often harming them.

Studies looking at local and regional abundance and diversity are suggesting some dramatic declines. Some suggest that we are seeing a major loss of numbers and diversity globally as well as local losses. More research is needed especially in areas where not enough is known about what we’ve got, let alone what’s being harmed by massive land use change and climatic shifts.

Chemicals can not only hurt the helpful bees and bugs above ground but they can slow down the vital springtails and worms in the soil which allow it to work well. Everything from deforestation in the tropics to hedgerow removal in the UK all means fewer places for the invertebrates to live, hide, mate, eat and lay eggs.

It is usually the messiness of nature that matters. Our Earth has become too tidy and uniform, with ever larger farms producing uniform crops.

Climate change is also creating problems for many species of invertebrate, too, as weather extremes can wipe out a whole population.

But it is not too late. The more people know about the importance of invertebrates the better. And everyone can do something to help – some things take little or even no time at all. Here are nine (mostly) easy things you can do to help.

Some great YouTube videos you should watch