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Cheshire Wildlife Trust has launched a campaign to “Take Action for Insects” as part of a nationwide movement to tackle the catastrophic collapse in insect numbers.

Wildlife Trusts across the UK are encouraging people to sign up to receive a free guide showing them how they can make a difference at home.

The guide features tips on how to create more nature-friendly spaces and go chemical free in the garden.

The move comes after a new Wildlife Trust Report highlighted that over 41% of insect species will be extinct if trends continue.

Since the 1970s, the number of butterflies in the UK has almost halved with species such as the Pearl Bordered Fritillary becoming locally extinct in the last decade.

James Melling, Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Campaigns Officer, said: “People have been aware that bees have been in decline for some time.

“But people are only just waking up to the fact that it is the same story for all insects.

“Their decline is hugely damaging for wildlife as insects form the base of many food chains.

“It’s also bad news for people because a vast majority of crops depend on insects for pollination.

“If they are not pollenated, we’ll see less food being produced and crop yields will fall.”

The Wildlife Trust report highlights how the decline of insects has had a knock on impact on other species.

Birds have been impacted with the number of Spotted Flycatchers plummeting to just 5% of previous levels and the Red-backed Shrike disappearing entirely from Britain.

Trusts are calling on the government to set ambitious pesticide reduction targets nationwide.

James Melling added: “We all have a role to play in changing the picture: from governments, to councils to people in their own garden.

“Given the current circumstances, now is particularly a good opportunity to do things in your garden that will really make a difference to nature.

“It might seem like our impacts of small but, together, we’ve the power to transform an area of land bigger than our largest national parks combined into something that is great for wildlife.

“If everyone just makes one small change from our guide, then that’s us one step closer to helping nature recover.”

Action for Insects launched on April 8.

To receive the free Wildlife Trust guide, visit and join the campaign.

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