Bugs Matter Volunteer

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Take part in this survey to help us understand wildlife declines. Insects are a critical component of our life support system. Without them clean air, water, food and a healthy environment are threatened. We need to act now to understand what is happening to them.

Position details

Duration

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Commitment

Any Day

Contact details

For enquiries about Nature's Sure Connected and how to volunteer email volunteering@kentwildlife.org.uk

If you would like to be sent a paper copy of the Bugs Matter Number Plate Grid or have any other enquiries about how you can get involved with the Bugs Matter survey contact Alana Skilbeck via email alana.skilbeck@kentwildlife.org.uk 

 
 

Why is this important?

The natural world isn’t just something for us to enjoy; it sustains us. The decline of insects puts our very survival and prosperity under threat. Without them clean air, water, food and a healthy environment are threatened. Recent scientific research has shown that in Europe, flying insects have declined by 75%. These are very worrying statistics, not only for insects but also for the huge number plants and animals (including humans) that depend on insects for food, pollination and other essential functions. We need to act now to understand what is happening to them and work towards a Wilder Kent.

Through consultation conducted by Kent Wildlife Trust (Nature’s Sure Connected) the conservation community have helped us prioritise four key questions that will help us understand whether landscape-scale conservation is working across Kent and beyond. One of these questions is about ecosystem function and productivity and how this can be measured. By counting the insects that get squished on the number plate of your car, you can help us assess the productivity of ecosystems in Kent.

How can I help?

You can contribute on any journey you take in Kent between June and September 2019 by counting the number of insects that get squashed on the vehicles number plate. Any journey within Kent will give us valuable data – simply driving to work or school is perfect. Shorter journeys are especially useful and will help us understand the differences in insect numbers in different parts of the county. Ideally each journey should take place in dry weather, as rain may wash insects off the number plate.

Take part in this survey to help us understand wildlife declines and aid us in sustaining our natural world for the future.

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What do I do now?

Open the documents below to find out how to take part and be involved in the survey:

The method

Recording form (Spreadsheet)

Recording form (Printable)

Then print the Bugs Matter Number Plate Grid below

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Bugs Matter Number Plate Grid

Print on A4.

You may need to un-tick ‘fit to page’ or scale to fit’

Once printed you can check the grid is the right size by measuring the boxes to cut out – these should be 6cm by 4cm.

Bugs Matter Grid