An MBE for Bugs

Friday 16th June 2023

Buglife is delighted to welcome the award of an MBE for services to nature conservation to Buglife founder and Vice President, Alan Stubbs a resident of Peterborough.

It is appropriate that at a time when Westminster is finally hearing evidence on the catastrophic decline of insects that there is recognition for the only organisation in Europe that  prioritizes all of the small things upon whom life as we know it depends.

Alan has been a stalwart for bug conservation since the 1970’s, as well as an authoritative author and expert particularly on flies having written guides to British Hoverflies and to British Soldierflies.

Alan Stubbs commented

“It is not every day that an envelope arrives from the Cabinet Office, indeed marked ‘in strict confidence’.  The MBE is for services to nature conservation: Vice President Buglife.  It seems rather iniquitous that the award is made to one individual when the success of an organisation is dependent on the culture, energy and skills of everyone in Buglife: staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters. I wish the MBE to be regarded as an award to them all. My sincere thanks to all who have played a part, however small, in helping Buglife to become such a firmly established and respected NGO for invertebrate conservation.”