Join Back from the Brink’s Nest Quest to learn more about the amazing lives of wood ants, and help us better understand how and where they live! This is an easy-to-do survey for when you are out and about in the countryside during your daily exercise, whether you are walking, running or cycling and happen to see a nest.
Wood ant nests are teeming insect cities, a vast bustling family fortress for thousands of inhabitants. They are also factories for processing nutrients, recycling centres, and farms for the germination of seeds, influencing the surrounding habitat.
The ants’ domed pyramids of pine needles, twigs, and leaves are a wonder of the natural world, anything from 20cm to over 2m in diameter and height, and sometimes several decades in age, making them the largest and oldest structures created by insects in Europe. The nests are even home to a specialist community of some 100 other ant nest-dwelling species, and used by up to 1,000 other kinds of invertebrates.