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South of England based report highlights huge impact of insect decline

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A new report released by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have revealed the impacts that the loss of insects could have on the ecosystem.

The "Insect Declines and Why They Matter" report which has been commissioned by Wildlife Trusts in the south of the country has conclusively found that drastic declines in number could effect wildlife and people.

The report, which is authored by Professor of Biology, Dave Goulsen at the University of Sussex highlights the economic impact of broken ecosystems.

The Trust has called on action from the government, local authorities, food growers and the public that could help insect populations to thrive once more.

Prof Goulson, author of the report, says: 

“Insects make up the bulk of known species on earth and perform vital roles such as pollination, seed dispersal and nutrient cycling.

"They are also food for numerous larger animals, including birds, bats, fish, amphibians and lizards.

"If we don’t stop the decline of our insects there will be profound consequences for all life on earth.

“We know that the main causes of decline include habitat loss and fragmentation, and the overuse of pesticides.

"Wild insects are routinely exposed to complex cocktails of toxins which can cause either death or disorientation and weakened immune and digestive systems.

“The consequences are clear; if insect declines are not halted, terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems will collapse, with profound consequences for human wellbeing.”

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust also published its 'Wilder 2030' plan last month on how they intend to secure nature's recovery over the next decade.

It includes a Nature Recovery Network in the new Environmental Bill and new legislation towards farming.

Debbie Tann, Chief Executive of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, says:

“The quiet insect apocalypse exposed in this report should set alarms ringing.  

"We have put at risk some of the fundamental building blocks of life.  

"But, as the report highlights, the causes of insect declines are known and we can address them; insects and other invertebrates can recover quickly if we stop poisoning them and restore the habitats they need to thrive.  

"We all need to take action now in our gardens, parks, farms, and places of work.”

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