Can you imagine a world without insects?
From the shimmering jewel tones of rosemary beetles and the colourful wings of fluttering butterflies, to mayfly ballets and the lazy buzz of bumblebees, the world would be a gloomier place without our huge diversity of insects.
Sadly, a world without insects isn't as far-fetched as it might sound. We're right in the middle of a catastrophic decline in insect numbers.
In fact, insects are dying out up to eight times faster than larger animals and 41 per cent of insect species face extinction. This impacts us all - both humans and wildlife. Insects pollinate three quarters of our food crops and are the main food source for many birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish. As insects continue dying out, we will all feel the effects.
But there is cause for hope
Insect populations can recover, and we know what needs to be done to give insects a Wilder Future. By working 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.
Each and every one of us can do at least one thing to help insects thrive where we live. Pledge to take Action for Insects today and we'll send you two simple guides to help you go chemical-free, and create safe and healthy homes for insects.
Be part of a Nature Recovery Network
The new Environment Act calls for the creation of Nature Recovery Networks (wild places across the country that are connected to give nature room to thrive, on land and at sea) to be enshrined in law. By making 'bug hubs' in your garden to attract insects, your wild patch will become part of this Nature Recovery Network and give wildlife more room to thrive on your doorstep.
Watch David Attenborough explain more about Nature Recovery Networks, below.
Every space in Britain must be used to help wildlife
How will a Nature Recovery Network help insects?
We can turn our towns, cities, villages and gardens into a buzzing network of insect-friendly refuges. With about half a million hectares of gardens in the UK, plus city parks and green spaces, school playing fields, railway embankments and cuttings, road verges and roundabouts; if managed favourably, and if we avoid pesticide use, these areas could go a long way towards creating a national Nature Recovery Network.
More ways to support us
By managing nature reserves and restoring wild places, commenting on planning applications, lobbying government and even reintroducing locally extinct butterflies, we fight for insects every day. As a charity, we couldn't do this without the generous support of people like you.