Today is International Biological Diversity Day, when people and organisations from around the World celebrate the huge diversity of life on our planet. It is estimated that there are around 8,700,000 species living on planet Earth today, with many species still being undiscovered by science. It is therefore crucial to protect these species and raise the profile of biodiversity.
This year’s event has the theme of Water Biodiversity, looking at the huge variance of plants, insects, fish and other forms of life that call Earth’s waters their home. The event also aims to raise awareness of the problems caused by humans that faces life in the waters which include climate change, pollution and unsustainable fishing.
You can join in this years events by visiting your local reservoir, canal or pond and see how many different species you can identify. At this time of year here in the North West, you can expect to start seeing dragonflies zipping through the air, water boatmen meandering through the reeds and if you venture out at night, you may even spot nocturnal newts swimming through the water and bats darting through the night sky chasing their prey.
To find out more about International Biological Diversity Day, you can visit their website here: Biological Diversity Day.
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Take care, and stay on the wild side.