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Mission: Invertebrate is a Royal Parks project funded by the wonderful players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It focuses on the plight of invertebrates across the Royal Parks and beyond.

Invertebrates are often the underdog of conservation, and not usually given a look in when in competition with much ‘cuter’ and more ‘cuddly’ animals. We want people to understand and discover how truly amazing and vital invertebrates are, and how we can help them, at a time when they need us the most.

But first, here’s a little bit about us.

Meet the team

Dr. Alice Laughton: Project manager – The worrying global decline of vital minibeasts means investment in invertebrate conservation has never been more important. I’ve spent over a decade studying the pressures insects face for survival, and it’s brilliant that now, through Mission: Invertebrate, we can work to improve habitats and change perceptions to protect these amazing creatures living in our urban green spaces.

Bryony Cross: Project officer – My role is incredibly varied and different every day, which is why I love it! It ranges from looking after our citizen science projects to helping out with different habitat improvement works across the parks. My love of invertebrates started after working in the tropical rainforests of Malaysia, and has only grown since then!

Kirsty Garland: Learning Officer – They may be small but they are mighty! Without invertebrates, the world’s ecosystems would collapse.  I have worked in environmental education since graduating from university and my interest in invertebrates has deepened over the years. My role in this project involves helping students and families understand the vital roles invertebrates play, and encouraging more positive attitudes towards them – and I adore it!

Charlie Linton: Learning Assistant - Invertebrates have always fascinated me – I love learning about their adaptations and admiring their beauty. What’s great is that there are always so many new things to discover! After studying Biology at university, I got into outdoor education while volunteering in conservation, and I love my unique role encouraging people to take a closer look at the creatures we share our world with.

Mission: Invertebrate blog

We’ve launched this blog to keep you up to date with what’s going on at Mission: Invertebrate, and introduce you to some of the weird and wonderful invertebrates we care for.

Project partners

Mission: Invertebrate would not be possible without the support and funding from our project partners.

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