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The conservation movement grew during the 1990s, and there was no organisation specialising in invertebrates. As we know, these are the small things that run the world, so this was a serious omission.

This was brought sharply into focus by the creation of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan in 1994, when no organisation existed to fly the flag for invertebrate – to make sure their conservation needs were being looked after.

A Feasibility Committee was established to look at the details of setting up an invertebrate conservation body, and ‘A Statement of Need for a New Organisation was produced.

Twenty of the leading conservation organisations (including the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts) acknowledged that the conservation movement lacked a major spokesman for invertebrate conservation, and welcomed the establishment of Buglife.

On December 29th 2000,The Invertebrate Conservation Trust later prefixed with Buglife) was registered as a Company.

Its formation was announced with widespread support from the invertebrate and conservation communities at a conference in March 2001.

The first Buglife staff members were appointed in February 2002 and a public launch was held in April 2004. By this time Buglife had a strong team of Trustees and were thrilled that Germaine Greer agreed to be our President, supported by Nick Baker and Edward O Wilson as Vice-Presidents.

Still very young, Buglife has gone from strength to strength in the years since. We have gathered much-needed support for invertebrate conservation and drawn attention to the importance, beauty and fascination of all forms of bug life.

In February 2007 Buglife opened a Scottish Office in Stirling, in partnership with the Initiative for Scottish Invertebrates.

Buglife has since flourished and now we have offices in Scotland, Plymouth and Peterborough.


Buglife achievements A summary of key achievements from 2000 to present day:

  • December 2000 The Invertebrate Conservation Trust registered as a company.
  • May 2003 Canvey Wick full page article on Page 3 of the Guardian.
  • July 2004 31% of MSPs sign up to Buglife’s motion asking for Aucheninnes Moss to be saved from destruction.
  • May 2006 Membership reaches 500.
  • January 2007 Buglife meet Prime Minister Blair as part of campaign to save West Thurrock Marshes.
  • March 2008 Bringing Aggregates Sites to Life – best practice habitat management guide produced.
  • September 2009 Buglife presents a report on ‘The impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on bumblebees, Honey bees and other non-target invertebrates’ to Number 10, Downing Street
  • December 2009 First ever successful captive bred Scarlet malachite beetle.
  • December 2009 Planning for Brownfield Biodiversity report produced.
  • May 2011 Buglife launched the 'Get Britain Buzzing' campaign.
  • January 2012 Buglife Scotland launch Marvellous Minibeasts Education Pack for children aged 8 to 11 years.