STOP the Catastrophic Decline of Insects

STOP the Catastrophic Decline of Insects

(c) Jon Hawkins

'We are witnessing the largest extinction event on Earth since the dinosaurs'

Insects are dying out up to 8 times faster than larger animals and 41% of insect species face extinction.

This is a grave cause for concern - it impacts us all as well as all wildlife. Insects pollinate three quarters of our food crops, as well as being the main food source for many birds, small mammals and fish.

Loss of their habitat and overuse of pesticides are two of the major causes of this looming catastrophe. However the good news is that it's not too late to act.

Insect populations can recover, and we know what needs to be done to save them. 

Take ACTION for Insects and help tackle this crisis.

By working together we can change the future of insects, starting right now. You can help by taking our pledge to take two simple actions in your home or outside space that will make a difference.

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Bee on cow parsley, Sunnybank NR, Sheffield City Centre - Paul Hobson

Action for Insects - Take the Pledge

Two actions that will make a REAL difference

1 - STOP killing insects by reducing your use of harmful chemicals at home

2 - START to create 'Bug Hubs'

Click to take the pledge

When you sign up you'll receive two FREE Action Guides to help you go chemical free in your garden  and make it a haven for wildlife

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Action for Insects

Why should we care?

Without insects many birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and fish would die out as they would have nothing to eat.

87% of all plant species require animal pollination, most of it delivered by insects – that is pretty much all of them except grasses and conifers.

In addition 3 out of 4 of all the crops that we grow require pollination by insects.

Only by working together can we address the causes of insect loss, halt and reverse them - securing a sustainable future for insect life and for ourselves.

Together, we can stop this looming catastrophe and create an environment that is rich in nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Read the full report

Together, we can reverse local insect decline. 

Scroll on for more actions you can take and to see David Attenborough explain how we're taking ACTION for Insects!

The new Environment Act calls for the creation of Nature Recovery Networks to be enshrined in law so that nature has more wild spaces that are bigger and better connected.  By making 'bug hubs' in your garden to attract insects, your wild patch will become part of the bigger picture - a connected natural world where all wildlife can thrive. Watch our Wilder Future short film with Sir David Attenborough explaining the importance of Nature Recovery Networks