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Find out what's bugging you
They may bug the hell out of us sometimes, but insects are an essential part of the ecosystem. Without them we would not be able to survive. Insects help our gardens grow by pollinating the plants, they clean up the environment by eating waste, and even though we call them pests, after few weeks without bugs, we'd be begging for them to come back.
Unfortunately, many species are under threat, and it is estimated that a hundred and fifty thousand species could become extinct within the next forty years if we don't act fast. That is where Buglife come in. The organisation is the only one in Europe dedicated to protecting invertebrates. One way they do this is by holding special events to make people more aware, and educate them on all sorts of fascinating bug facts. Wo knows, one day they might even get us to love bugs.
The next event Buglife are holding is on the 20th April between 11.30am-3.30pm at the Ferry Meadows Visitor Centre in Peterborough. There will be a bug walk, expert talks, and an insect circus, not to mention craft sessions and educational workshops. It costs £7 for adults and £3.50 for children and includes a buffet lunch.
Alternatively, if you want to get something for nothing, there are plenty of free bug walks taking place across the UK throughout the year. You can also enjoy a day out in Plymouth where Buglife will be exhibiting at the Wildlife Festival, which will involve lots of arts & crafts activities such as building nest boxes and making paper flowers.