invertebrates

Insects 'bounced back' in 2013's hot summer

2013’s hot summer gave wildlife a much-needed boost, National Trust specialists have revealed.

After six consecutive years of poor summers, the sunshine of July and August helped many species – particularly insects such as butterflies, bees and grasshoppers – to flourish.

Many plants and grasses also had a successful year and there was “an explosion of nuts, berries and seeds” later in the year.

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Eight ways to explore nature this Halloween

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The nights are drawing in and Halloween is approaching, but enjoying this spooky celebration doesn't have to be just about eating sweets and scaring your friends.

Why not use this time of year to learn more about the creepier, crawlier creatures in your home, garden or local park? You could host a nature-themed Halloween party for your friends and family.

You might even discover that bats, bugs and slugs aren't as scary as you think.

 

Bugs in different environments – your results explained

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Which bugs top the charts?

We invited you to explore your local area, hunt for invertebrates and send us your results.

Your challenge was to hunt for as many bugs as possible in 15 minutes on soft ground surfaces, man-made hard surfaces and plants.

Can you see which type of bug was the most common and what types of environment they were found in most?

 

More than two-thirds of the True Bugs were found in the plant challenge.

Bugs Count passes the million mark

More than a million bugs have now been counted since the launch of our Bugs Count survey.

We asked you to find out which invertebrates are living near you by taking part in our timed challenges and keeping a special eye out for the six Species Quest bugs.

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National Insect Week 2012

National Insect Week is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to learn more about the little creatures that live all around us.

From butterflies to beetles, insects are one of the most diverse groups of animals on earth. National Insect Week, from 25 June to 1 July, aims to raise awareness of these fascinating creatures, with events, learning resources, photography competitions and more.

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Species Quest

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Have you seen these bugs? Is the Tree Bumblebee flourishing in urban areas? How far north has the Green Shieldbug spread?

By letting us know if you find one of these six species, you'll contribute to important invertebrate research. You can submit your sighting as part of the Bugs Count survey, or separately, using our Species Quest form.

Please include a photo so that your record can be added to national distribution maps.

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