Dragonfly

Take action for insects

41% of insect species face extinction. 

Insects are dying out up to 8 times faster than larger animals says a new report showing the devasting and serious decline in insect populations happening right now across Britain. 

This is happening for many reasons and is a grave cause of concern. But it’s not too late to act! Insect populations can recover, and we know what needs to be done to save them.

Let’s help build a Wilder Future for Britain where insects and wildlife can thrive. 
If we work together, we can all:

STOP killing insects by reducing our use of pesticides where we live, work and farm 

START to create more insect-friendly habitats in towns, cities and the countryside.

The easiest thing we can all do today is pledge to help insects.

Need to know more? Click here for further details and references

Insect populations are in decline as a result of a number of man-made stresses including habitat loss, chronic exposure to complex mixtures of pesticides, the spread of non-native insect diseases within commercial bee nests, and the beginnings of the impacts of climate change [Goulson et al. 2015]. The disease issue primarily affects only bees, but the others are problems that all insects face. 

Without insects a multitude of birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and fish would disappear, for they would have nothing to eat. Eighty-seven percent of all plant species require animal pollination, most of it delivered by insects [Ollerton et al. 2011]. That is pretty much all of them aside from the grasses and conifers. Approximately three-quarters of all crop types grown by humans require pollination by insects, a service estimated to be worth between $235 billion and $577 billion per year worldwide [Lautenbach et al. 2012]. 

Financial aspects aside, we could not feed the global human population without pollinators. Insects provide a multitude of ecosystem services to us including pollination, nutrient recycling , decomposition, pest control and food for other species. 

Read the report for more 

Join Action for Insects today

I pledge to take practical, positive action in my own home and garden to help insects 

When you pledge, you will receive two easy guides to help you go chemical free, and create safe and healthy homes for insects. If you opt in to receive emails, we will also keep you updated with further Action for Insects news and actions

Keep in touch with your Wildlife Trust

We’d love to keep in contact with you about the work of The Wildlife Trusts and other ways that you can get involved with your local Wildlife Trust. By consenting, your contact details will be sent to your local Wildlife Trust.

We promise to protect your data, in accordance with the Wildlife Trusts Privacy Policy.

If you are a member or supporter and want to change your contact preferences, please get in touch with your local Wildlife Trust directly. The buttons above will not change any existing contact preferences held with them.

Nature scene in silhouette