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Launch of insect week at Butterfly World, St Albans

PUBLISHED: 11:44 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:21 20 February 2013

Launch of insect week at Butterfly World, St Albans

Launch of insect week at Butterfly World, St Albans

ACTRESS Emilia Fox and BBC One Show presenter Mike Dilger will officially launch the Royal Entomological Society's National Insect Week 2010 in St Albans next week.

ACTRESS Emilia Fox and BBC One Show presenter Mike Dilger will officially launch the Royal Entomological Societys National Insect Week 2010 in St Albans next week.


Both celebrities will visit Butterfly Worlds dedicated new Insect Study Centre on Monday, June 21 to launch the week-long national initiative and offer their support to the valuable cause.


Other invited guests at the launch will include eminent entomological scientists, local dignitaries, scouts, leading academics, the Environment Agency and 11-year-old Rachel McLeod, an amateur entomologist who will be bringing several of her hissing cockroaches.


National Insect Week from June 21 to 27 celebrates the Earths estimated one million different insect species. The biennial campaign encourages insect enthusiasts of all ages to explore insect diversity in its many aspects the wide range of body shapes and colours, the incredible variety of species (over 24,000 in the UK alone), their amazingly different behaviours and ways of life and their multitude of interactions with their environment and with humans.


Official National Insect Week 2010 partners include the Amateur Entomologists' Society, the British Dragonfly Society, Buglife, the Natural History Museum, The National Trust, Butterfly World, British Beekeepers Association, Butterfly Conservation to name a few.


Previous celebrity supporters have included Sir David Attenborough, Kate Humble and wildlife television presenter Chris Packham who have all been keen to recognise the importance of insects in maintaining our fragile ecosystem.


The Royal Entomological Societys President Professor Stuart Reynolds said, 'One of our most important key messages for this years initiative is that insect diversity is just as relevant and fascinating to explore in your garden or local park or countryside as it is in the savannahs, deserts, wetlands and rainforests.


'Theres a whole world of diversity to discover and its literally on all of our doorsteps.'


An interactive website www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk gives visitors all the information they need to get involved, from finding out more about events taking place locally to a photography competition and taking part in insect surveys.


National Insect Week 2010 is the Royal Entomological Societys contribution to the UKs celebrations recognising 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity.

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