Saving the small things that run the planet

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Introduction

Discover bugs

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We take great pleasure in introducing you to the weird and wonderful world of bugs. We will try to answer questions such as what is an invertebrate, where do different invertebrates live and fact sheets on some of the most popular bugs.

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The small things that make the world go round

Bugs. Not everybody loves them.

But before you reach for the slug pellets or the fly swat, here are some thoughts that might make you change your mind:

  • One in three mouthfuls of our food depends on insect pollination (strawberries, raspberries, apples to name just three)
  • Honey, chocolate, strawberries, silk – just some of the things that wouldn't exist without invertebrates
  • Ninety per cent of wildflowers (almost all of them) would become extinct if there were no bugs pollinating them
  • We eat 20 million tonnes of bugs every year (such as lobsters and prawns – yes, they’re invertebrates too!)
  • Bugs break down and recycle waste, help to clean our fresh water and eat rotting fruit.
  • Worms and other bugs in the soil break down vegetation and enrich the soil, when they die they enrich it more with their own bodies. Bugs have an essential role in creating healthy soil. Without healthy soil we couldn’t grow enough food to feed ourselves.
  • Bugs are food for wild animals and birds. No bugs – no songbirds, no badgers, no frogs, no otters, no freshwater fish… our countryside would be empty and silent.

So put away the fly swat.

It's really no exaggeration to say that bugs make the world go round – they do.

And they need your help and understanding.