The United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity is held on 22 May each year, to ensure biodiversity issues are being addressed across the world. The World Wildlife Fund have created a short video explaining what biodiversity it is, and why it’s so important.
Biodiversity refers to every living thing, including plants, bacteria, animals, and humans. It includes all the wildlife we see around us, and even the food we eat can be impacted by a reduction in pollinating insects, or warmer temperatures and disrupted water supplies affecting how successfully food crops can grow.
Biodiversity loss through climate change and negative human behaviour impacts on the environment is a major issue across the globe, so it’s important that we can address it as individuals and as an organisation.
Emma Davie, Senior Sustainability Officer said: “As part of our Sustainability Action Plan, we will be developing our approach to biodiversity and our green spaces. This will include consideration of environmental schemes, new build developments and management of our other green spaces.”
If you’re keen to give your garden a biodiversity-boost, how about creating some bug- and animal-friendly spaces to encourage them to visit your garden, and to keep them safe and well. A great start is to plant lots of different flowers to provide food for bees, butterflies and other insects, and help attract more wildlife to your garden.