Action for Insects campaign

Action for Insects

Our insects are in trouble

In the UK, our insect populations have suffered drastic declines, which are set to have far-reaching consequences for both wildlife and people. 

With a third of our food crops pollinated by insects, and as many as 87% of our plants pollinated by animals (and in the majority by insects) there is a lot to lose. Much of our wildlife, be it birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals or fish, rely on insects for food. Without them, we risk the collapse of our natural world.

A report, Insect Declines and Why They Matter, published in November 2019 by an alliance of Wildlife Trusts in the south-west, brought together evidence that showed the loss of 50% or more of our insects since 1970, and the shocking reality that 41% of the Earth's remaining five million insect species are now 'threatened with extinction'.

Insect Declines and Why They Matter

We need everyone to understand the scale of the problem to feel empowered to take action and share their concerns with politicians and policymakers.

Read the report

Marmalade hoverfly © Chris Lawrence

Reversing the Decline of Insects

Insect populations can recover swiftly, with a little help and space.

 

Read the report

Wild About Gardens

What can be done?

Whilst the news for insects is bleak, there remains much that can be done to bring about their recovery, but fast action is required.

Take action at home or in your community

To showcase what is needed, The Wildlife Trusts commissioned a second report published in July 2020, Reversing the Decline of Insects, which looked at case studies around the UK that are working hard to bring back insects.

To reverse the decline of insects and allow them to thrive once more, The Wildlife Trusts want to see at least 30% of land and seas properly connected, better protected and suitably managed for nature. To achieve this, it requires us all to become insect champions, taking action at home and work, in our communities and schools.

It's also essential that there is a halt to the unnecessary use of pesticides where people live, work and farm, with support for all sectors to make the transition towards becoming pesticide-free.

Act Now to Save Insects

To save our insects, we must all become insect champions. We have the perfect guides to help you take action at home, in your garden and in your community.

Download your guide

Wildlife Trusts taking action

The Wildlife Trusts are taking action for insects up and down the UK. From restoring habitat, working with land managers and councils, to reintroducing species, Wildlife Trusts are helping to restore our insect populations and calling for this work to be scaled up, so that we can see them thrive once more.

Kent Wildlife Trust

Bee Roads

Kent Wildlife Trust has partnered up with the local council and Bumblebee Conservation Trust to create a number of roadside nature reserves and 'Bee Roads' to boost local insect populations.

Find out more

Buff-tailed BumbleBee © Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography

Alderney Wildlife Trust

Little Island Leaves

Alderney Wildlife Trust and Little Island Leaves have partnered up to spread the word about wildlife-friendly gardening, and provide advice on sustainable growing.

Read about it

Tom Marshall

Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Reintroducing species

Lancashire Wildlife Trust recently reintroduced the large heath butterfly to Greater Manchester after an absence of 100 years.

Find out more

Stefan Johansson

Other ways to help