Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust
Buglife is the first organisation in Europe set up specifically for the conservation of all invertebrates. Its aims are simple:- to prevent invertebrate extinctions and maintain sustainable populations of invertebrates in the UK. 98% of all animal species are invertebrates, many of which provide us with food or ecological, agricultural, medical and technological benefits. Invertebrate populations are also essential food to most birds, mammals and fish and are, therefore, integral to ecosystem function.
In the UK alone we have over 40,000 different species of invertebrates, the majority of which are insects such as beetles, wasps, ants, flies, bees, bugs, butterflies, moths and dragonflies. Others include spiders, crayfish, water fleas, woodlice, millipedes, snails, worms and sponges.