• This POSTnote will summarize the evidence for insect declines in the UK, the drivers of trends, and interventions to support the recovery of insect populations.
  • It will explore the data limitations for understanding insect declines and emerging methods to address these limitations
  • Work on this POSTnote has been completed. You can read the POSTnote, and the companion POST brief online. Updated 11 March 2020.

Recent studies have suggested insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world as a result of various factors, from intensive agriculture to habitat loss. This POSTnote will review the evidence for insect declines with a focus on the UK, the gaps in this evidence, the likely drivers of declines, and evidence for measures for restoring insect populations, such as agri-environment measures.

This POSTnote will summarize the evidence for insect declines in the UK, the drivers of trends, and interventions to support the recovery of insect populations. It will explore the data limitations for understanding insect declines and emerging methods to address these limitations