National Insect Week returns in 2020
National Insect Week 2018 launch at RHS Garden Wisley
18th June 12.00-14.00 (invited guests and press launch)
The UK will be buzzing and crawling with hundreds of events during National Insect Week 2018. From 18th to 24th June there will be exciting events all over the country to celebrate insects, “the little things that run the world”. Every two years, the Royal Entomological Society (RES) organises the week, supported by a large number of organisations with interests in the science, natural history and conservation of insects. This year the week will be launched at the Royal Horticultural Society’s RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey, on Monday 18th June.
Royal Entomological Society Chief Executive, Dr Luke Tilley said: “The RHS and its team of entomologists based at Wisley has supported National Insect Week since the very first one in 2006. They are a fantastic partner organisation and one of the most common places that people encounter insects in their lives is in the garden, so it is an excellent match and an honour to have the launch at RHS Wisley”
The launch will take place in the Glasshouse Gallery at RHS Wisley. A highlight will be the unveiling of Insect Isles, an artwork by illustrator Carim Nahaboo to celebrate the diversity and importance of insects in the UK. The piece will be unveiled to invited guests by RHS President Sir Nicholas Bacon, author M.G. Leonard and RES Honorary Officer Prof Linda Field.
Carim Nahaboo said: “I wanted to highlight the diversity of insect life here in the British Isles and explain a little of why I have personally spent so long in awe of them. There are so many incredible species in our parks, gardens, forests, national parks and homes, and it's only really when we take the time to take a closer look that we can appreciate them and see what important roles they play in our ecosystems.”
Guests at the launch will be treated to edible insect snacks and an exhibition of award winning photographs will be on show to mark the launch of the eighth National Insect Week Photography Competition. There will also be a chance to get up-close and personal with some live insects that are studied by the entomologists at the RHS.
Principal Entomologist at RHS Garden Wisley, Dr Andrew Salisbury said: “We’re delighted to be kickstarting National insect Week at RHS Garden Wisley. Essential for a healthy plot we look forward to showcasing the wonders of a whole host of garden insects.”
Award winning author M.G. Leonard will be explaining why she decided to use beetles as the central theme of her bestselling Beetle Boy Trilogy. She said: “Our friends the insects are fascinating creatures, bursting with character, and essential to the survival of the human race. Why not fill your mind with miniature wonders by getting involved in National Insect Week? Discover the magnificent insect safari outside your own back door”
Events nationwide - www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/events
Competitions - www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk/competitions
Royal Entomological Society – www.royensoc.co.uk
National Insect Week – www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk
RHS Garden Wisley - www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
M.G. Leonard - www.mgleonard.com
Carim Nahaboo - www.carimnahaboo.com