Ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the numerous and diverse benefits that people openly benefit from the natural surroundings and also from properly-functioning ecosystems. Such ecosystems contain, by way of instance, agroecosystems, forest ecosystems, grassland ecosystems and aquatic ecosystems. These ecosystems working properly supplies such matters such as agricultural produce, lumber, and aquatic organisms including fishes and fishes. Together, these advantages have become called'ecosystem services', and are frequently essential to the provisioning of fresh drinking water, the decomposition of wastes, as well as also the natural pollination of plants and other crops. Supporting services comprise services like nutrient cycling, primary production, soil formation, habitat supply and pollination.

Habitat Conservation

Habitat conservation for wild species is among the most crucial problems facing the environment today - both in the sea and on land. As human populations increase, land usage grows, and wild species have smaller distances to call house. Over fifty percent of all Earth's terrestrial surface was changed because of human activity, leading to extreme deforestation, erosion and loss of topsoil, biodiversity loss, and even extinction. Species can't survive out their normal habitat with no human intervention, like the habitats within a zoo or aquarium, such as. Maintaining habitats is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Migratory species are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction since they have a tendency to occupy more than a natural habitat. Changing a natural habitat slightly may bring about a domino effect that hurts the whole ecosystem.

Supporting services

While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ecosystem solutions implicitly for a long time, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) from the early 2000s popularized this idea. Additionally, ecosystem services are grouped into four broad classes:
Supporting services
Provisioning

like the creation of water and food

Supporting services
Regulating

like the control of disease and climate

Supporting services
Encouraging

including nutrient cycles and oxygen generation

Supporting services
Ethnic

such as recreational and spiritual advantages

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The Wildlife Blogger Crowd is a positive, uplifting space for wildlife and nature bloggers to share posts, join discussions and support other content creators.

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This guest blog explores the future of travel as ecotourism, and looks at how -- when viewed as a philosophy for conservation -- this kind of travel and exploration plays a vital role in species conservation. It has perhaps become even more important to look at travel through this lens in the months since the piece was first written.

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As summer gives way to autumn, I’m beginning to return my attention to my garden. I’ve teamed up with Seedball to offer one lucky winner the chance to win this bundle of Seedball wildlife-themed mixes worth £42 -- perfect for bringing wildlife into your garden.

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It’s been over 100 days since the UK’s official lockdown began and parents all over the country have been desperately trying to juggle the demands of home-schooling their children.
However, while maths, English and science homework may have stumped some parents, international wildlife charity Born Free is putting the spotlight on a different ‘school’ - The Orangutan Foundation’s Camp in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Borneo.

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Jill Robinson: To the Moon and Back film tells the remarkable story of one woman's inspirational journey to save moon bears through the creation of Animals Asia Foundation. Win a copy of the film!

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International wildlife charity Born Free is calling on the Government to implement a long-overdue review and reform of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 to significantly raise the standards in the more than 300 licensed zoos in Britain. Find out more...

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Ahead of Virtual Birdfair 2020, take a look back at the Next generation conservation debate: Should Nature Work for Us Or Should We Work for Nature?

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According to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 28,000 species around the world are threatened with extinction. Hazel Harred takes a closer look in this guest post.

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It’s been over 100 days since the UK’s official lockdown began and parents all over the country have been desperately trying to juggle the demands of home-schooling their children.
However, while maths, English and science homework may have stumped some parents, international wildlife charity Born Free is putting the spotlight on a different ‘school’ - The Orangutan Foundation’s Camp in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Borneo.

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After years of uncertainty, England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years has been given the permanent right to remain in their East Devon river home.

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As July draws to a close; our first month of the 'easing of lockdown' here in the UK, it felt like a good time to reflect and share some of the cool things I've been involved in over these last few months, regarding wildlife and conservation communications outside of this blog...

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Fifty years ago, one of the worst atrocities of animal welfare took place. In the largest capture of wild orcas in history, more than 90 of the marine mammals were rounded up in Penn Cove and seven young southern resident killer whales were captured using nets and explosives, then sold to aquariums. Only one of those abducted on 8th August 1970 is still alive; Lolita.

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Ilena Zanella won a prestigious Whitley Award in 2019 for her work with scalloped hammerhead sharks.

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I'm so excited finally get to see my Shamwari Diaries project completed, and hold in my hands a beautifully printed, full colour, 360-page copy of my Shamwari travel diary from my days volunteering at the private game reserve, back when I was 18 years old.

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It’s been over 100 days since the UK’s official lockdown began and parents all over the country have been desperately trying to juggle the demands of home-schooling their children.
However, while maths, English and science homework may have stumped some parents, international wildlife charity Born Free is putting the spotlight on a different ‘school’ - The Orangutan Foundation’s Camp in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve in Borneo.

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This past week, the Eastern Daily Press was kind enough to dedicate an entire double page spread to sharing our lockdown garden story.

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I got to speak with the team at Elephant-Human Relations Aid (EHRA) Namibia about their PEACE Project to help communities to co-exist with desert elephants.

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Post-lockdown, the UK sits in an extraordinary melting pot of multiple biodiversity and environmental issues all coming together at once.

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In this insightful guest blog post, we look at the UK's extinct creatures, and what we might have found outside our front doors up to 500 years ago — with the help of an eye-catching infographic.

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To Grow A Garden... is to believe in tomorrow. Lockdown 2020: Our response to the growing spread of coronavirus was to grow a neighbourhood lockdown garden.

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World Environment Day 2020 presents that chance to explore how human activity and impact on the environment (and wildlife!) has contributed to the current global pandemic -- and how we might prevent another outbreak like Covid-19.

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Tomorrow, 11th June, is my 30th birthday. Rather than thinking about parties and presents, I would like to take the opportunity to highlight some recent, poignant rescue stories from Born Free and some of the amazing people who are raising money for the charity during this time.

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Have you thought about starting a blog? Have you wondered how a wildlife blog or conservation blog could make a difference in building a career in wildlife conservation or science communication?

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Sanctuary tells the story of a family of African women coming to Namibia to connect with nature and the wild, and the extraordinary turn of events that led to them opening Co’Lu’Bi Wildlife Sanctuary.

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The highly competitive Whitley Awards, also known as the ‘Green Oscars’, have today announced this year's chosen seven award winners.

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Tiger King paints a worrying picture regarding the lack of regulation for keeping tigers and other big cats.
A new report by FOUR PAWS suggests the picture is equally concerning in Europe.

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Aidan Gallagher: actor, musician and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. At 16-years-old Aidan has amassed a global following through playing roles such as Number Five in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy; he has an Instagram audience of over 2.5 million people; and in the most admirable fashion, harnesses the power of social media to try and influence positive change when it comes to wildlife and the environment.

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Wildeverse is a narrative-driven game based on real animals living in the wild today, and the people working to protect them; bringing real apes Fio, Buka, Chilli and Aida living in the wilds of Congo and Borneo into your home.

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As Britain enters a period where opportunities for people to leave the house are restricted, and as some zoos plead poverty and threaten to kill their animals, we need to consider carefully what this crisis means for animals in captivity – now and into the future. Dr Chris Draper, Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity at Born Free shares his views...

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To celebrate Easter this year, I’ve teamed up with the brilliant vegan treats company, Ananda Foods, to support and encourage as many people as possible to have a cruelty-free Easter.

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The motivation behind DRINKS3 is to become the lowest CO2 footprint soft drinks brand in the UK by 2022. Naturally, I quizzed them about what makes them an ethical brand?

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In partnership with the ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards, 60-year-old David shared a cage with senior and disabled dogs who have been living in a shelter for years, and videoed his experience.

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This week, Kennedy Wild Bird Food share their thoughts on the arrival of spring, and how March can often be a deceptive month, with its spells of warmer weather.

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In this World Wildlife Day guest blog post, the European Space Agency: Space Solutions share three important ways that space technology is being utilised to protect and conserve wildlife populations and their habitats.

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This past week, the Eastern Daily Press was kind enough to dedicate an entire double page spread in their weekend edition to sharing my story about how travel and connecting with nature in Saint Lucia helped me to manage mental health issues during pregnancy — and how sharing my story

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Yesterday morning I joined a small gathering of Lords, wildlife campaigners, press and change-makers in Westminster's House of Lords to view a presentation on a long-awaited and much-needed initiative to End Wildlife Crime.

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I was more than a little excited when WordPress Discover contacted me recently to discuss the possibility of being interviewed for a feature on UN World Wildlife Day, March 3.

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Top 20 wildlife & nature books for 2020: I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite reads from the last few months, to hopefully introduce my blog readers to these incredible books and authors, some of which are perhaps lesser known in some literary circles.

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I’m so delighted to announce that my story: ‘Saint Lucia: The birds and the baby’ was chosen as First Runner Up in the Terra Incognita Travel Blogger of the Year 2020 Awards.

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Every so often, you meet someone who’s story becomes synonymous with hope and inspiration. For me, Whitley Award Winner and frog expert Caleb Ofori-Boateng is one of those people.

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Following the devastating bushfires in Australia, I'm raising money for Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, who have treated wild koalas who have been injured and affected by wild fires.

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We’re heading up into the clouds, 450 metres above the Babonneau rainforest floor, through towering gum trees, ficus trees and fiddlehead ferns to reach the bright blue skies above the treetops.

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The number of threatened ancient woodlands tops the thousand mark. The Woodland Trust is aiming to change the fate of trees and woodland in the UK.

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The lion population across Africa has dropped by nearly 97% in the last century, with many reports suggesting that wild lions would be extinct by 2020.

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Today, 26th January, is Australia Day. The fire season in Australia began in late July and has to-date cost the lives of 29 people and an estimated half a billion wild animals have died in the Australian bush fires.

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My top 10 wildlife bloggers of the year. To honour the fantastic work of those bloggers whose passion and quality of work has inspired me throughout the year, I'd like to encourage my readers to support this community and take some time to get to know the work of each of my top 10 wildlife bloggers to look out for in 2020.

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I've highlighted some simple swaps to reduce plastic waste in the past, but as this is an ever-continuing journey, I'd like to keep sharing my new favourite ways to embrace a greener lifestyle.

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To spread festive cheer and hope to animal lovers around the world this holiday season, here are 19 conservation successes for 2019 shared by international wildlife charity Born Free...

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The harsh winter months can easily lead to days and weeks of being starved of the venturing outside. Summer evening walks and even the crisp woodland strolls of Autumn can slip away as cold rains and frosty mornings take hold

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I'm so pleased to share that I recently won an Animal Star Award, for my conservation work under the banner Kate on Conservation.

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