Now in its sixth year and organised by the Royal Entomological Society, the week will see scores of events held across the UK, from bug hunts and bioblitzes to minibeast safaris and moth walks.

Events planned at key locations which include:

•    An invertebrate bioblitz (a snapshot of insect activity) in the garden at Highgrove, the private residence of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, involving schoolchildren and a team of entomologists


•    A launch, ‘Question Time’ style panel, photography exhibition and children’s bioblitz at London’s Natural History Museum


•    A Focus on Bugs at ZSL London Zoo


•    Insect Hunt at Butterfly World, St Albans

National Insect Week coordinator Luke Tilley said:  “Insects may be small, but they have a huge impact on the natural world. We already have some fantastic events and initiatives planned for NIW 2014, and we are encouraging everyone to get involved and celebrate the little creatures that shape our environment.”

National Insect Week will also feature its ever-popular photographic competition in which people are invited to submit their best shots based on the theme of ‘Little Things That Run the World’.  This year’s competition – launched during Insect Week – is supported by the Environment Agency. 

NIW 2014 also supported by a raft of partners nationwide, including the National Trust, National History Museum, the RSPB, Wildlife Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society. Many of these will be holding their own events locally.

To learn more about National Insect Week and the events taking place near you, visit www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk. You can also register your own National Insect Week event through the website: http://nationalinsectweek.co.uk/event_submit.php