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National Insect Week returns in 2022

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  • Why are insects important? Animated video

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  • Why are insects important? Animated video

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  • What is an insect? Animated video

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  • Woodland Trust Nature Detectives

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    The Woodland Trust quite simply encourages you to 'Pull on your wellies, roll up your sleeves and get outside!' And they are brimming with ideas on how to do just that.

    For: Everyone

  • Great stag beetle hunt

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    The magnificent stag beetle needs your help. This endangered species has become extinct in many parts of the UK, but together we can protect those that remain, before it is too late.

    For: Everyone

  • Linnean Society Learning Resources

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    Learning resources from the Linnean Society.

    For: Primary Secondary Adults Everyone

  • Jane Memmott – Urban Pollinators

    Professor Jane Memmott

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    Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, Professor Jane Memmott, tells us about how our cities can still be a valuable home for large numbers of pollinator species, why you shouldn't mow down your dandelions, and why t he Urban Pollinators research project can be so...

  • Darren Mann - Taxonomy and Museum Curation

    Darren Mann setting up traps for dung beetles

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    Darren Mann - head of the University of Oxford Natural History Museum’s Life collections - talks about what it’s like to manage the millions of specimens the museum contains, how to identify a bee that flew into someone’s bathroom, and how taxonomy – the scientific naming and identification of...

  • Simon Leather - Aphids, Entomology today, Applied Entomology

    Professor Simon Leather

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    Professor of Entomology at Harper Adams University, Simon Leather, tells us how research on insects can really make a difference internationally, how roundabouts can be a boost to biodiversity, and gives us a look into the state of Entomology today. pc_Simon_Leather_aphid_cannibal.jpg

  • Richard Comont – Citizen Science

    Dr Richard Comont collects insects with a pooter and sweep net.

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    Data officer at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Dr Richard Comont, tells us how we, the citizens, can contribute first hand to national research projects and conservation through the power of ‘citizen science’. Why not start today by recording your ladybird sightings for the UK Ladybird Survey...

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Did you know?

Sexiest

Female water snipe flies Atherix ibis clasp each other and cluster in big round aggregations on the end of branches overhanging rivers – males entering the swarms are mated repeatedly until they die. The females then lay their eggs in to the water – and all die still in their tight aggregations.