You may have read in the news recently, insect populations around the world are on the decline. But why is this happening?

Significant factors include loss of habitat, pesticides, fertilisers, pollution and climate change.

Insects play an important role in our ecosystems and are food for frogs, fish, birds and other animals.  If we don’t have insects, we lose our insect eating animals.

A lot more research needs to be done and while insects losses were reported some species were increasing.

You can help by planting natives and include annuals that flower year-round, build insect hotels and make deadwood piles at the bottom of your garden for beetles, eliminate pesticides and encourage beneficial insects into your garden.