The RHS has employed full-time specialist researchers and advisors on garden pests and other animal-related issues since 1918, providing advice to RHS members, staff and the public. Currently the Entomology Section consists of two entomologists, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership post, a research assistant and a volunteer. Between them they answer about 3000 enquiries from members each year and conduct a programme of research.
Many of the enquiries are about plant pests, others include wildlife gardening and identification of interesting insects and other animals found in gardens, greenhouses and homes.
The entomologists also respond to requests from the media and fellow scientists.
In addition to the advisory work delivered from Wisley, the entomologists also man the RHS advisory stand at the Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace flower shows.