Action for Insects

Take Action for Insects

41% of insect species face extinction, but you can help us turn this around.

Brimstone moth on hydrangea by Vaughn Matthews

You can help save the most important creatures on the planet

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. 41 per cent of insects now face extinction, but it's not too late.

The Wildlife Trust's Action for Insects guide tells you how you can help insects where you live

Sign up to take Action for Insects in your home or garden and you'll receive a free guide with all the information and support you need to start helping insects where you live. You can also download a community guide that will help you inspire your local council and wider community to take action in your town, city or parish.

Inside you'll find information and tips on insect-friendly gardening, going chemical-free and even more small actions you can take that will really make a difference to insects.

Take Action for Insects today

Get your free guide

Wildlife gardening by Tom Marshall

Two young children looking at an insect in a bug pot in the woods

Image by Paul Harris/2020VISION

Download our Action for Insects school guide

Whether it's through a bug hunt, creating insect homes in your school grounds, or delivering a campaign to help insects, there are lots of ways that your school can make a difference and learn at the same time.

Get your free pack
A male red-tailed bumblebee flying towards purple lavender flowers

Male red-tailed bumblebee by Rachel Scopes

Say no to neonics

The decision to allow emergency use of neonicotinoid thiamethoxam goes against all commitments this Government has made to help nature - including an explicit pledge to keep pesticide restrictions after Brexit. It will have far-reaching consequences our already plummeting insect population.

Please urge the Prime Minister to halt this backwards slide for nature.

Sign our petition

What's happening to our insects?

We're living through a terrifying 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.

Our recent report by Professor Dave Goulson – ‘Insect declines and why they matter’ – reveals that habitat loss, changes to land management and the use of pesticides are proving catastrophic for insects. And now, a new report by Professor Dave Goulson offers cause for hope. Bringing together inspiring stories from farmers, communities, councils and charities across the UK, ‘Reversing the decline of insects’ proves how reducing our use of pesticides where we live, work and farm, and creating more insect-friendly habitats in towns, cities and the countryside can help insects thrive once more.

Read 'Reversing the decline of insects'

Read 'Insect declines and why they matter'

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
Sir David Attenborough

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.

430,000 hectares of gardens

Wildflowers in gardens have huge potential to help pollinators like bees. A network of small patches will help bees thrive in urban areas.

Bumblebee by - Josh Kubale

250,000 miles of road verges

These could be managed for wildlife by sowing wildlife-friendly seed mixes, mowing later in the year and removing the cuttings.

Wildflower verge by Katrina Martin / 2020VISION

80% of the population lives in urban areas

New parks, street trees, green roofs and walls are an important way to help everyone experience nature in their daily life.

Urban wildflowers by Paul Harris/2020VISION

66% of short-mown grass could become meadow habitat

Two thirds of amenity land is short-mown grass, but meadow habitats support eight times more wildlife and bring wellbeing benefits.

Common blue butterfly by Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

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.