IUCN SSC Mid-Atlantic Island Invertebrates Specialist Group

Conserving St Helena’s endemic invertebrates through invasive invertebrate control


St Helena has over 420 endemic terrestrial invertebrate species and many are threatened by invasive
invertebrates. The project will facilitate endemic invertebrate recovery and re-establish their associated
ecosystem functions, by testing and establishing invasive invertebrate control methods. Focusing on the
wasp Vespula vulgaris, key ant species (e.g. Pheidole megacephala) and the Springbok mantis (Miomantis caffra). While also building local capacity, embedding results and engaging people in citizen science. This project will be a collaboration with government, local community and partners.

Funding Institution

UK Government Darwin Initiative


St Helena National Trust, St Helena Government, Mid-Atlantic Islands Invertebrate Specialist Group, CABI, Buglife