Did you know that 1500 species of vertebrates across the world such as birds and mammals are also pollinators?
Just like bees, bugs are fundamental to our survival as a significant number of them are pollinators. Bugs, like hover flies, ants, wasps, beetles and moths, are all key pollinators.
Do they do anything other than pollinate?
As well as being pollinators, bugs are a hugely important part of the food chain. Without bugs we wouldn’t have the other animals that we also rely on. Birds, bats, rodents and other mammals are all pollinators and feed on bugs. Not only do we need these mammals to pollinate, but they also act as carbon sinks, mediating the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
What can we do?
All the things we can do to help bees also help bugs. Areas of natural space in all areas of life are hugely beneficial for creating an environment where living things can work together for the benefit of one another. This could mean a wild flower area in your garden, your sports club, church, place of work or school. It could mean simply having a few more pot plants. All of these things are helpful and make a difference.
What is biodiversity and why is it so important?
Biodiversity is the way in which all the living things on earth interact with each other for the benefit of one another. Greater diversity of species ensures natural sustainability for all living things. If too many species become extinct, we will risk the collapse of the system biodiversity, upon which all life is based.