Biodiversity day has centred around many themes since it began, this year's theme is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development, something which we at Roots are certainly in support of!
What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity looks at the different varieties of life in an area. Studied at a higher level this could mean looking at every species on the earth, or on a smaller scale could mean looking at the different species living within a smaller ecosystem such as a park, pond or rainforest!
Why is Biodiversity Important?
- Diverse pollinators are essential for helping plants reproduce. We need to look at diverse plants and soils so there is plenty to be produced for the markets
- Research into plant and animal biology have led to medical discoveries and cures for diseases.
- Biodiversity is part of an important service to the earth that keeps water clean, absorbs chemicals in the environment and produces oxygen for us to breathe!
- Researching biodiversity enables us to understand how ecosystems adapt and adjust to disturbances such as floods, extreme fires and extinction of a species. This is important because if one type of species were to become extinct, it may mean a loss of food/nutrients for another species!
For Biodiversity Day, our volunteers undertook surveys to understand about the different species living on our Nature Trail. Take a look at what our volunteers got up to on our Nature Trail News - Biodiversity Day