Important Invertebrate Areas (IIAs) are the best places in Great Britain for our invertebrates, which have been identified using the most up-to-date data available from over 80 national expert recording schemes. They support some of our rarest and most threatened species, vulnerable habitats and unique assemblages of invertebrates.
Supporting Invertebrate Conservation
Supporting the recovery of invertebrates can be complicated – there is a huge diversity of species, all with different lives, different ecological needs, and different distributions.
One aim of the IIA programme is to make this easier – to take complex technical information and translate and distil it into a format which is accessible and useful. This will ensure that ecologists, planners, local authorities, statutory bodies, conservation organisations, land managers and other decision makers are able to better understand the importance of individual sites and whole landscapes for invertebrates, and make better informed decisions to support nature’s recovery.