Raising funds for the Bugs Matter citizen science initiative

Holly McCain
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Bugs Matter

Team captain: Holly McCain

About

Bugs Matter is a citizen science initiative led by Buglife and Kent Wildlife Trust.

We need lots of people to take part this summer (from 1 June to 31 August 2022), sharing findings from their journeys to help us understand more about our insect populations! 

We also need to raise vital funds to run the survey and upgrade the official digital Bugs Matter smartphone app to include a virtual 'splatometer' for people to scan their vehicle number plates and digitally record the number of insect 'splats' per journey. Please donate today to fund this vital citizen science initiative and help stop the extinction of invertebrate species.

 

Why count squashed insects?

Insects underpin our natural world and their numbers can help us to better understand what is happening in our environment.

The methodology is based on the ‘windscreen phenomenon’, a term given to the observation that people tend to find fewer insects squashed on the windscreens of their cars compared to several decades ago.

The 2021 Bugs Matter survey findings show that the number of insects sampled on vehicle number plates by citizen scientists across the UK reduced by a staggering 59% between 2004 and 2021. These findings are consistent with research which has widely reported declining trends in insect populations globally.

We want to repeat this survey every year to build up a better understanding of insect populations. The survey uses an innovative insect sampling method conducted by members of the public to assess the difference in insect abundance over a number of years.  The results from these ongoing surveys inform a growing requirement for conservation research, policy and practice targeted at insects in the UK.

Insects are also a good indicator for measuring the success of our conservation work at landscape-scale.  Counting insects not only gives an estimate of the abundance of insect life in our towns and countryside, but is also a measure of the health of our environment. Insects are essential to supporting and maintaining a healthy environment, so when their numbers fall that is an indication that nature is in trouble.

 

Find out more: https://www.buglife.org.uk/get-involved/surveys/bugs-matter/ 

Download the Bugs Matter app to take part in this year’s survey, from 1 June to 31 August 2022. Taking part is quick, free and easy.

- iOS App Store: Bugs Matter on the App Store (apple.com)

- Google Play: Bugs Matter - Apps on Google Play

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Funded

  • Target
    £50K
  • Raised so far
    £25
  • Number of donors
    2

About

Bugs Matter is a citizen science initiative led by Buglife and Kent Wildlife Trust.

We need lots of people to take part this summer (from 1 June to 31 August 2022), sharing findings from their journeys to help us understand more about our insect populations! 

We also need to raise vital funds to run the survey and upgrade the official digital Bugs Matter smartphone app to include a virtual 'splatometer' for people to scan their vehicle number plates and digitally record the number of insect 'splats' per journey. Please donate today to fund this vital citizen science initiative and help stop the extinction of invertebrate species.

 

Why count squashed insects?

Insects underpin our natural world and their numbers can help us to better understand what is happening in our environment.

The methodology is based on the ‘windscreen phenomenon’, a term given to the observation that people tend to find fewer insects squashed on the windscreens of their cars compared to several decades ago.

The 2021 Bugs Matter survey findings show that the number of insects sampled on vehicle number plates by citizen scientists across the UK reduced by a staggering 59% between 2004 and 2021. These findings are consistent with research which has widely reported declining trends in insect populations globally.

We want to repeat this survey every year to build up a better understanding of insect populations. The survey uses an innovative insect sampling method conducted by members of the public to assess the difference in insect abundance over a number of years.  The results from these ongoing surveys inform a growing requirement for conservation research, policy and practice targeted at insects in the UK.

Insects are also a good indicator for measuring the success of our conservation work at landscape-scale.  Counting insects not only gives an estimate of the abundance of insect life in our towns and countryside, but is also a measure of the health of our environment. Insects are essential to supporting and maintaining a healthy environment, so when their numbers fall that is an indication that nature is in trouble.

 

Find out more: https://www.buglife.org.uk/get-involved/surveys/bugs-matter/ 

Download the Bugs Matter app to take part in this year’s survey, from 1 June to 31 August 2022. Taking part is quick, free and easy.

- iOS App Store: Bugs Matter on the App Store (apple.com)

- Google Play: Bugs Matter - Apps on Google Play

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