Bugs Matter project is collecting data on dead insects from the car number plates. This project recently revealed some shocking findings regarding the rapid declination of flying bugs. Especially the population of flying bugs has declined drastically in England. It shows that the numbers have dropped by 59 percent since 2004.
Scientists are working to compile data. They found that flying insect numbers have fallen by almost 60 percent in 20 years. They have collected the number of dead insects from the car number plate. For this purpose, environment-conscious car users are helping them to get the data easily.
Citizen scientists mentioned that this alarming fall in insects will negatively impact the UK’s biodiversity. Because England’s flying bug population got a 65 percent drop. Wales has experienced a 55 percent drop in flying insects while Scotland’s bug count is down 28 percent.
What do scientists suggest?
Director of Conservation at Kent Wildlife Trust Paul Hadaway said, “The results from the Bugs Matter study should shock and concern us all. We are seeing declines in insects which reflect the enormous threats and loss of wildlife more broadly across the country.” He mentioned that the declining rate of insects is quite alarming.
Hadaway added, “We need action for all our wildlife now by creating more and bigger areas of habitats, providing corridors through the landscape for wildlife, and allowing nature space to recover.” He recommended taking necessary concerted action to avert a disaster. The Bugs Matter project scientists pointed out that the trend has dire implications for the ecosystem.
Many ecology-conscious drivers and their family members are participating in the survey. They just have to download the Bugs Matter app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. After registering on that app the car users will get a printable grid to cut out. It will be used to count bugs on their number plate.