Biodiversity Explained

Biodiversity Explained

What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the combination of two words, Bio (meaning “life”) and Diversity (meaning “variety”)    

Biodiversity is the variety of life. It refers to all of the variety of life that can be found on this Earth:

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Fungi
  • Micro-organisms

as well as the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live.

Why is Biodiversity so important?

Biodiversity is extremely important to people and to the health of ecosystems.

(An ecosystem is a geographic area where plants, animals, and other organisms, as well as weather and landscapes, work together to form a bubble of life)

Biodiversity is essential for life – for example, it provides our food, makes oxygen, cleans our water, gives us medicines.

Threats to Biodiversity include:

  • Climate Change
  • Pollution & Litter
  • Loss of natural habitat

The WPC Biodiversity Project is trying to improve Biodiversity in our Parish: 

A key part of our Biodiversity Project is to increase pollinators by planting the kinds of flowers, trees and shrubs that they like. 

What are Pollinators?

We love to look at butterflies, moths, bees, hoverflies and other insects but they do a job which is so much more important than simply making us happy. Together with birds and bats they are all pollinators. Pollinators take pollen between flowering plants. Thanks to pollination plants can make seeds, which in turn reproduce and make new plants. The food we eat depends on plants being pollinated.          

We can take pollinators for granted but they are vital for stable, healthy food supplies and key to the varied, colourful and nutritious diets we need.

 We can all do something to help improve biodiversity:

  • Pick up litter
  • Plant pollinator friendly flowers
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Shop locally + use own reusable bag
  • Appreciate + enjoy the plants, animals, insects and trees in our Parish