Count bug splats on cars to study insect decline, UK drivers urged

Count bug splats on cars to study insect decline, UK drivers urged

Bugs Matter app will collect data on worrying population crash of creatures essential to life on Earth

A new app that tracks bug splats on car number plates will enable UK citizen scientists to help shed light on the worrying decline of insects.

Older drivers will remember scrubbing large numbers of splatted insects from windscreens after journeys in past decades. But a 2019 study that analysed car registration plates after trips in Kent found a 50% fall in splatted bugs compared with 2004.

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