HABITAT LOSS IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST THREAT TO WILDLIFE
'If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get along pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world's ecosystems would collapse.'
Sir David Attenborough
A recent study in the US found that insects eat up more urban rubbish than vertebrates such as rats or foxes yet we still think of them as pests.
Another American study has found that most known insect populations have seen a 45 percent decline over the past 40 years. That's a particular problem for cities where we don't know nearly enough about the insects that live alongside us. What we do know is that they play a critical role in all kinds of things that we take for granted. Without urban insects, our lives might be transformed in ways both large and small. You can read more by following the link below.
LET'S GET BEXLEY BUZZING WITH INSECT LIFE
If we all build a Bug Hotel in our gardens to foster insects it will havea knock on benefit to both other forms of wildlife and the environment in general.
Call into your local branch of The Animal Protection Shop to pick up a leaflet on how to build your own bug hotel. They will even be able to help you with some of the materials free of charge.
Alternatively, you can download the leaflet as a pdf below.