Leading entomologists will be 'Celebrating Great British insects' in a series of events held throughout the country aimed at increasing our awareness of insects, helping us to understand their fascinating lifecycles and recognise their importance to biodiversity.
Here's what the National Insect Week website says
'In the UK most people live in urban and suburban areas, which cover a significant proportion of the land area of the country. Consequently, gardens make a vital contribution to biodiversity, providing a haven for many animals and plants that are rapidly declining in intensively farmed areas.
Insects are by far the most diverse and ecologically important group of animals in these artificial habitats, with hundreds of species to be found in almost every garden. In spite of what you might think, fewer than one in two hundred are considered to be potential pests.'
National Insect Week's events pages allows you to search activities in your area, some of which are taking place in gardens and parks that are well worth visiting, as well as the opportunity to learn more about insects. There are events aimed at all age groups.
Here's just one event we've picked out. As part of the week's events Great Dixter is hosting a 'Great British Insect Day' on 30th June, 10am-1pm with speakers and supervised children's activities. The event is free but places are limited so please contact email@example.com or call 01797 254046.