Action for Insects

Action for Insects Campaign

Save our insects before it is too late

Stephen Barlow

Our insects are in trouble

In the UK, our insect populations have suffered drastic declines, which are set to have far-reaching consequences for both wildlife and people. 

With a third of our food crops pollinated by insects, and as many as 87% of our plants pollinated by animals (and in the majority by insects) there is a lot to lose. Much of our wildlife, be it birds, bats, reptiles, amphibians, small mammals or fish, rely on insects for food. Without them, we risk the collapse of our natural world.

The loss of their habitats and overuse of pesticides are two major reasons why these little creatures are dying out eight times faster than large mammals.
However, it’s not too late and with your help, we can put insects into recovery.


Insect Declines and Why They Matter

A report, Insect Declines and Why They Matter, published in November 2019 by an alliance of Wildlife Trusts in the south-west, brought together evidence that showed the loss of 50% or more of our insects since 1970, and the shocking reality that 41% of the Earth's remaining five million insect species are now 'threatened with extinction'.

Read the report

(c) Chris Lawrence


Reversing the Decline of Insects

To showcase what is needed, The Wildlife Trusts commissioned a second report published in July 2020, Reversing the Decline of Insects, which looked at case studies around the UK that are working hard to bring back insects.

Read the report

(c) Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

We need everyone to understand the scale of the problem to feel empowered to take action and share their concerns with politicians and policymakers.

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.

Whilst the news for insects is bleak, there remains much that can be done to bring about their recovery, but fast action is required.

By working together, we can change the future of insects. Starting right now, you can make small changes in your home, lifestyle and community that will help these fascinating creatures. Follow the advice in our guide and create an insect-friendly garden that is teaming with wildlife. 

Claim your FREE Action for Insects guide and start to make a difference today.

Our school guide will help your students to learn about insects and how to help their local environment. 

Latest Action for Insects news

David Attenborough's speech 1

“ Every space in Britain must be used to help wildlife” Sir David Attenborough

I pledge to take action for insects

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for laws to require all relevant parts of central and local government to work together to map, plan and create a Nature Recovery Network.

This aims to restore and create habitat of all kinds to benefit all species on a wide scale.

Read more about Nature Recovery Networks