RSPB asks bird lovers to conduct ‘insect census’

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is poised to embark on a campaign to find out why species of insect-eating birds are declining.

The charity is launching a UK-wide survey asking British bird lovers to count the numbers of insects splattered on their number plates and is targeting family, gardening, lifestyle, youth, wildlife and women’s magazines with information about how members of the public can take part in the ‘Big Bug Count’, which runs from 1 to 30 June.

CD-Roms containing ‘fun’ bird facts and ‘Splatometers’ – which can be used to measure insect fatalities – are also being sent to journalists on gardening and children’s programmes, regional newspapers and environment sections of the national press.

‘We hope to build a picture of insect populations across the UK so we can establish whether a decline in insects has had a knock-on effect on birds,’ said RSPB press officer Caroline Osborne.

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