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  Big bug count finds fewer insects
Updated 02 September 2004, 16.06
A bug splatometer
The results of a UK-wide bug count are in, and it seems there are less insects around than we thought.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds asked people to count the number of bugs that hit their car in June.

To do this they used a special Splatometer - a specially designed cardboard grid - to count the number of insect splats on their number plate.

A total of 324,814 insects were counted at an average rate of only one splat every 5 miles (8km).

That's a lot less then was thought, and might be bad news for some bird species like house sparrows and skylarks which need insects to feed their young.

Essential insects

A skylark
Experts can't yet be sure if insect numbers are dropping.

But they hope to repeat the bug count in a few years to get a good idea.

There are 23,000 insect species in the UK, which help feed birds and pollinate flowers and crops.

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