There are more that 40,000 invertebrate species in the UK and many of these, as well as many international species, are under threat as never before. Buglife works on a number of projects to conserve invertebrates and their habitats.
Invertebrates are vitally important to a healthy planet – humans and other life forms could not survive without them. The food we eat, the fish we catch, the birds we see, the flowers we smell and the hum of life we hear would not exist without bugs. Invertebrates underpin life on earth and without them the world’s ecosystem would collapse.
|Distinguished jumping spider(Sitticus distinguendues) © Peter Harvey|
Invertebrates are facing an extinction crisis
Today thousands of invertebrate species are declining and many are heading towards extinction. World wide 150,000 species could be gone by 2050 if we do nothing. Each invertebrate species plays a critically important role in the web of life. Once lost, they cannot be replaced. Many invertebrates have incredible life stories yet to be told, and we literally don’t know what we are on the brink of losing.
Buglife’s aim is to stop the extinction of invertebrate species and to achieve sustainable populations of invertebrates. We are working hard to achieve this by:
- Undertaking practical conservation projects that will contribute to achieving our aim.
- Promoting the environmental importance of invertebrates and raising awareness about the challenges to their survival.
- Assisting in the development of legislation and policy that will ensure the conservation of invertebrates.
- Developing and disseminating knowledge about how to conserve invertebrates.
- Encouraging and supporting conservation initiatives by organisations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.