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Why a lack of squished bugs on the windscreen is a worrying sign | Tim Adams

The dramatic drop in insect populations is to be highlighted by David Attenborough

We were in Cornwall for a fortnight at the end of last month, driving back to London on the bank holiday. Unpacking the car, I found myself crouching to peer at the front numberplate with my phone torch. I’m old enough to remember when long summer journeys left windscreens and headlights stippled with insects. Looking at the car last week, though, there was no evidence of that one-time carnage, hardly a squished bug to be seen.

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