Between us, my husband and I already support a wide range of different wildlife and animal charities, including our local Wildlife Trust, BBOWT, the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Kew Gardens (one of my favourite places on earth), the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, The Woodland Trust, Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Tiggywinkles and the Wildwood Trust. We are also active members of our local badger group, Binfield Badger Group and we volunteer for the National Trust through working holidays and our local volunteer group, London and West Middlesex National Trust Volunteers. These are all great groups and we enjoy reading the magazines and email updates we get sent and get involved with events and campaigns when we can. However, nature conservation is very close to my heart and there is always more than can be done.
Taking part in 30 days wild has got me thinking more about the smallest creatures, the beetles, bees, damselflies and so on that are so often overlooked but that I have been noticing much more. Insects are so important, but they are in significant decline. The Buglife website includes these worrying facts:
- 60% of all invertebrate species are declining
- £510 million worth of pollination is provided by pollinating insects (I presume this is in the UK)
- 8 out of 10 wildflowers could disappear without insect pollination.
Bumblebees in particular are in big trouble, two species became extinct here in the 20th century and others now have only very small populations. The biggest reason for this is the decline in flowers in the British countryside. 97% of the UK’s flower rich grassland is estimated to have been lost since the 1930s, leading to a decline in bumblebees too. What we do in our gardens can help bumblebees so I’m looking forward to the information that will come with my Bumblebee Trust membership about gardening for bees arriving, so that I can see what more can be done in our little garden to help these charismatic insects.
Invertebrates provide the backbone for all life on work, so it’s vital that more is done to conserve them and halt their decline.
‘If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if the invertebrates were to disappear, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.’ Sir David Attenborough
I also took the opportunity to adopt a shrill carder bee, you can find out more about them here: https://www.buglife.org.uk/bugs-and-habitats/shrill-carder-bee
This bee is very restricted in its range, due to habitat loss, and is one of the species in most urgent need of help. It is only found in the Thames Gateway to the east of London, on Salisbury Plain and the Somerset Levels. I hope my small donation can help in some way to halt its decline.
A day after I joined, my membership pack from Buglife arrived, along with my adoption information for the shrill carder bee. The pack included past issues of their magazine, information about the charity and this fantastic ID chart for use in the garden.
It also included this great reusable bug so I can show off my love of bugs when I’m out and about.
My adoption pack included a gorgeous photo of a shrill carder bee, a little pin badge and an adoption certificate.
Looking forward to my Bumblebee Conservation Trust information arriving.