Action for Insects Appeal


Action for Insects

Small copper {Lycaena phlaeas}. Image by: Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION.

Take Action for Insects and help tackle this crisis

Insects are dying out up to 8 times faster than larger animals and 41% of insect species face extinction. This is serious for us all as well as wildlife. Insects pollinate three quarters of crops so our food security is at risk. Insects are also the main food source for many birds, small mammals and fish. So if they disappear, so do many of the creatures that we love.

Read the report

However, the good news is that it’s not too late to act. Insect populations can recover, and we know what needs to be done to save them. By donating to the Action for Insects Appeal, you can help protect the smallest creatures which are essential for Northumberland’s wildlife and agriculture.

Keep Northumberland Buzzing

Donate to the Action for Insects Appeal

For years, insects have suffered from loss of habitat from urban development and intensive farming. Wildflower meadows, hedgerows and ponds have all but disappeared. Use of pesticides on farmland, in our parks and on our gardens has vastly increased and is wiping out pollinators. And climate change is harming all those species that can’t adapt quickly enough to changing conditions. All this is having a devastating impact on bug numbers and other wildlife.

We need more bug-friendly habitat – as quickly as we can
With your help from this Appeal we can speed up our work both on our nature reserves and by working in partnership with landowners. You could help pay for specialist staff to provide advice, particularly with new farm incentives coming in. Most of the Wildlife Trusts in the UK are running awareness campaigns and appeals for pollinators so this means we collectively have over 2300 opportunities to improve habitat specifically for these creatures! Let’s show them Northumberland is buzzing and that we care about a wilder future!

Reducing Pesticides
A big part of what we do has to be about changing behaviour. We want to work with schools and run family-friendly events to spread the word to get every home and community space working for nature.

Leaping Soldier Beetle - Jon Hawkins Surrey Hill Photography

Leaping soldier beetle. Image by: Jon Hawkins, Surrey Hill Photography.

A new report from the Wildlife Trusts

Reversing the Decline of Insects

Every space in Britain must be used to help wildlife.
Sir David Attenborough

Help us reach our Appeal target of £30,000

These are the kinds of things we could fund with your support:

Managing meadows more efficiently
Your donation could go towards the cost of specialist meadow management machinery, or provide extra fencing where we use conservation grazing. Invasive plants like Himalayan balsam need constant control so we need help funding volunteer co-ordination, transport, training, equipment and expenses.

Boosting depleted meadows and grasslands
You could help fund seed, plug plants, even a nursery to provide for NWT and partner projects. 10 plug plants from a specialist nursery cost £20.

Increasing public understanding
Your donation could help provide activities, workshops, resources and online information for families and schools. Subsidising just one education day costs from £250.

Providing advice for landowners
You could help us engage a specialist to advise farmers and landowners about new approaches – a 1 day/week adviser would cost approximately £7,000 for a year.

These are some of the NWT nature reserves that need your help:

East Chevington

Match funding to create large areas of wildflower meadows and additional woodland.

East Chevington in the sunshine on 13 May 2019.  Image by: Sophie Webster.


Improvement of four acres of the new rough grassland/paddock involving wildflower seeding, haymaking and winter grazing.

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre. Image by: John Faulkner.

Whitelee and the Border Mires

Restoration of peatland provides great bog pools for dragonflies to breed.

Common hawker. Image by:

Various reserves – removing invasives

Reserves like Briarwood Banks, South Close Field, East Cramlington Pond and Annstead Dunes need constant management to allow wildflowers to flourish.

Five-spot Burnet. Image by: Andrew Diamond.


You can also donate by telephone on (0191) 284 6884 with your credit/debit card.


Thank you for your support