Dorset's endangered insect species can be saved

Dorset's endangered insect species can be saved

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:01am 12th July 2020.

A new report from the Dorset Wildlife Trust shows how we can take action to bring back endagered insect species.

It's the 'Insect declines and why they matter' report which examined the evidence of insects gradually dying out. 

It concluded, 'The consequences are clear; if insect declines are not halted, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems will collapse, with profound consequences for human well being.'

The report shows that farmers, communities, councils and charities are boosting the insect population and proving it can be done. 

Angus Menzies

DWT's Director of Conservation, Imogen Davenport said:

"Insects need our help and this report shows how communities, famers and individuals can take action to reduce harmful impacts and create more places where insects can thrive. 

"Whether it's getting involved with a citizen science project such as Riverfly monitoring, planting nectar-rich plants or cutting back on pesticides, there is something everyone can do to help."

Dorset and Wiltshire Wildlife Trusts, have partnered with the Riverfly Partnership to bring trained volunteers to monitor the following: 

  • Freshwater invertebrates
  • Track population trends
  • Help identify pollution incidents
White tailed bumblebee

The Riverfly Partnership represents anglers, conservationists, scientists, water course managers and relevant authorities. They're all working together to protect the water quality of our rivers.

In 2019, 50 of Dorset's river sites were monitored as part of the project. 

The Wildlife Trusts Chief Executive, Craig Bennett, said:

"In my lifetime 41% of wildlife species in UK have suffered strong or moderate decreases in their numbers and insects have suffered most. This has had a huge effect on the rest of the natural world. 

"The vital role that insects perform is undermined and everything that depends on them suffers, from hedgehogs to nightingales, wildflowers to wetlands.

"We want to see an ambitious pesticide reduction target and at least 30% of land being managed for nature so that insects can become abundant once more. We're calling on everyone to take action for insects and become an insect champion."