The Royal Entomological Society held a regional meeting at the University of Greenwich on 9th January 2019, themed around Insects: Tools for Life and Death (to encompass both the role of insects in forensic entomology and decomposition, but also in ecosystem health, livelihoods and conservation). Around 35 delegates attended from the south east of England and beyond.


As part of the meeting, Sarah Arnold gave a short talk presenting some of the results from the Darwin and McKnight supported work about the role of pollinators and natural enemies in ensuring bean production and yield. It was a good opportunity to share the progress so far and reflect on the real benefits that can be gained from managing land for beneficial biodiversity.