Brownfield sites can support a huge diversity of wildlife, often providing refuges for insects that have been lost elsewhere. Brownfields can include quarries, disused railway lines, spoil heaps, and former industrial sites that have been allowed to return to nature. Often these are the only wildlife-rich areas left in our towns and cities. However, development pressure is threatening the future of many key sites.
Urban green-space can include a wide variety of land uses including parks, cemeteries, communal ground in residential areas, school grounds, road verges, gardens, golf courses, business parks, hospitals, company premises, brownfield sites, river banks, and railway lines – all of which offer opportunities to be managed for people and wildlife. There are good examples of public green-space being managed for insects, but we must ensure that this becomes the norm.
We can stop, and reverse the global declines in our insects, but only if everyone pulls together to do their bit.
Small steps can have a huge impact if they all fall at the same time Five things you can do to reverse insect declines