Action for Insects

Action for Insects

Together we can help to reverse the catastrophic decline of insects

Brimstone moth on hydrangea by Vaughn Matthews

Dying out up to 8 times faster than mammals
41% of insect species face extinction
3 out of 4 of crops require pollination by insects
More than 80% of plants are pollinated by insects

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.

Read the report

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.

Pledge to take Action for Insects today

Make the pledge

Wildlife gardening by Tom Marshall

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.