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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Top 5 eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas for wildlife lovers!

Christmas is the perfect time to show your gratitude towards those you love; but it can so easily become over-ruled with throwaway plastic packaging, single-use wrapping paper and hoards of unnecessary boxes and polystyrene.

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Christmas is the perfect time to show your gratitude towards those you love; but it can so easily become over-ruled with throwaway plastic packaging, single-use wrapping paper and hoards of unnecessary boxes and polystyrene.

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Christmas is the perfect time to show your gratitude towards those you love; but it can so easily become over-ruled with throwaway plastic packaging, single-use wrapping paper and hoards of unnecessary boxes and polystyrene. That’s why I’ve compiled my top 5 gift ideas for wildlife lovers — all of which are eco-friendly!

Whether you’re eco-conscious yourself, or buying for someone who appreciates green gifts and animal-friendly goods, I’ve tried to think of gift suggestions that don’t harm the environment in any way, and that also fit the ethos and ethics of wildlife lovers.

I’ve already covered my top 10 ways of reducing plastic waste around the home (check out part 1 and part 2 if you missed that) so I’ll be keeping specifically to gift items on this list…

 

1. Jewellery for conservation…

Eco jewellery company Salvari supplement their animal-friendly message by lending their support to conservation organisations with projects on land and in the ocean.

The missions that drive their brand are; the promotion of ocean conservation, raising awareness of human impact on the planet and supporting global organisations that work to protect the natural environment.

They also use their pieces to tell a story. This pendant shows a leatherback turtle shell that’s been warped by ocean pollution. It’s based on the story of a real life sea turtle with a deformed shell, as a result of having beer-can plastic wrapped around it. 

I love this initiative way of telling animals’ stories!

Co-founders Serena and Euan explained when they launched the brand: “We hope to engage people in conversation and ultimately help promote a message of change through channels that may not necessarily be aware of some of these stories,” 

Definitely check out their beautiful, meaningful designs at salvari.co.uk

 

2. Gorilla saving socks!

These stylish and comfy ‘Gorilla Socks’ are sustainable and eco-friendly — made from viscose from bamboo — and at least 10% from the sale of each pair of socks goes to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. (They also come in male and female designs!)

Inspired by Dian Fossey’s remarkable life and legacy, Gorilla Socks’ founders  Gianluca De Stefano and Gavin Kamara have combined a love for colourful socks with a sense of responsibility to support our planet, it’s disadvantaged communities and the remarkable  gorilla species we share it with!

gorilla socks art - helping to save gorillas

Learn more about Gorilla Socks by visiting: gorilla-socks.com.

 

3. Adopt a mighty lion cub!

Adopting an animal is a wonderful way of contributing to a wider conservation effort — and makes for a brilliant Christmas present that will last all year!

Born free King

My regular readers will no doubt remember the rescue of a tiny lion cub from a Paris apartment earlier in the year. A true victim of the illegal exotic pet trade, the small cub named ‘King’ was rehabilitated to Born Free‘s big cat sanctuary at Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa, to live out the rest of his days in an environment as close to his natural, wild habitat as possible. (If you missed it, you can read about King’s rescue and release here).

This Christmas there’s a chance to give the gift of helping to fund his lifetime care — a truly meaningful offering for animal lovers.

King adoption pack

Yearly adoptions include updates through Adopt! magazine, published twice yearly (Spring and Autumn).

An adoption pack includes:

  • FREE cuddly toy lion (optional)
  • King’s glossy photo
  • personalised certificate
  • King’s full story
  • Born Free folder

Find out how to adopt King today by visiting: bornfree.org.uk

 

4. Thoughtful tees

Independent clothing company ‘Big Wild Thought‘ sell a range of t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories featuring embroidered animal designs — though it seems to be their t-shirt range that’s currently sweeping the Instagram and Twitter feeds of conservationists across the UK!

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Based in Sheffield, their main goal is to help animal conservation efforts around the world, by donating at least 10% of the sale of every item to relevant animal charities.

They also hope to educate people about the issues that are facing the natural world.

You can browse their range at: bigwildthought.co.uk

 

5. Wild life drawing classes!

I’ve attended a few of these wonderful wildlife-themed art classes over the last few years, and I absolutely love what they stand for!

Founder Jennie Webber is on a mission to reacquaint the millions of us in the UK who live in cities or urban lifestyles with the wildlife and nature we’ve too often become disconnected from.

Wild life drawing live animals

Wild Life Drawing is a drawing class with a difference; instead of human life models, attendees of all ages and abilities sketch rescued and rehabilitated animals that they get to see in front of their very own eyes!

One of the things I’ve loved most about the classes I’ve joined is the strong focus on education. It’s not just about seeing these animals up close and drawing them; it’s an opportunity to learn about the different species, and the various issues they face — from the exotic pet trade to local wildlife being injured by cars!

Their aim is to inspire appreciation and understanding for the natural world through creativity, with attendees learning about the animals, their habitats and distinct characteristics too!

Gift vouchers for Wild Life Drawing classes can be purchased through their website: wildlifedrawing.co.uk

Disclaimer: For complete transparency, I have previously been gifted a Salvari necklace and a pair of Gorilla Socks from the respective brands. No money was exchanged for this blog post and no formal agreement with any of these brands/products was made that they would feature on my blog. I just like ’em!

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