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 Health Benefits of Going Outdoors: Guest post

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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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

The post The Health Benefits of Going Outdoors: Guest post appeared first on Kate on Conservation.

This time of year, the harsh winter months can easily lead to days and weeks of being starved of the venturing outdoors. Summer evening walks and even the crisp woodland strolls of Autumn can slip away as cold rains and frosty mornings take hold — and with them we see a rise in the number of people of suffering from ill mental-health. Few would argue that this is any kind of coincidence.

In this insightful guest blog post from Katie Myers, we look at the importance of getting outdoors — to both physical and mental wellbeing — with the help of an eye-catching infographic shared at the end of this post. [Please see this as a plea to take care of yourself this winter. Kate x]

Robin outdoors in the snow in winter - Photo by Kate on Conservation

Benefits of getting outdoors

Being outdoors has a profound effect on your physical and mental wellbeing, from improved sleep quality, increased energy levels and a more positive outlook.

Unfortunately, many of us seem to struggle to get outside often enough and as a result, a huge percentage of the population struggles from illnesses such as stress, sleep deficiency and Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Modern in-door lifestyles

Today’s society is becoming less focused on the outdoors and more targeted towards technology, productivity and career-driven lifestyles.

By working 9-5, commuting by train or car and spending the evening in our homes, it’s easy for the majority of our day to be spent inside without natural sunlight.

As a result, 90% of our time is spent indoors on average, which means the majority of us are not spending as much time outside as we need to. 

How does spending time outdoors help us?

Unfortunately, there are many health risks to a lack of sunlight exposure from sleep deprivation to Vitamin D deficiency.

Especially during the winter months when daylight levels are at their lowest, it’s important that you make an effort to spend some time outdoors when you can.

You can make sure you’re getting enough sunlight exposure simply by going for a walk on your lunch break, cycling to work or going for a jog in the evenings. Guaranteed, you’ll feel the physical and mental health benefits almost immediately. 

‘Get outside and be immersed in nature’

This infographic created by the team at Mainland Aggregates looks further into why going outdoors is so beneficial for your mind and body.

We hope this infographic is enough to inspire even the least outdoorsy of us to get outside and be immersed in nature, even for just 20 minutes a day. Read on to find out more:

About the Author

Katie Myers Water guest post author

Katie Myers is a content writer for Mainland Aggregates, who supply and deliver of all types of quarried, recycled and decorative aggregates as well as sports surface products. On their behalf, Katie produces a range of online content that reflects the health benefits of enjoying the outdoors. In the past she has written on a wide range of topics including wildlife, the environment and previously on the pages of this blog: the value of water as a global resource.

Want to encourage someone to enjoy the outdoors this winter? Check out this Christmas gift guide for nature adventurers!

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