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Insects: Why they are so important

Rachel Shaw, communications officer for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, writes about why we should protect our insects in this month's column:

Apart from butterflies and bees – that we like to see in our gardens – and the annoyance when mosquitoes bite us, insects can be easy to ignore.

But did you know that in the UK there are over 20,000 species of insect? They do all sorts of amazing things for us. Insects pollinate crops; decompose dead plants and animals; provide a source of food for other animals; and control pest species.

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