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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Eastern Daily Press newspaper celebrates our lockdown garden

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

The post Eastern Daily Press newspaper celebrates our lockdown garden appeared first on Kate on Conservation.

If you’ve been following my blog or social media channels over recent weeks, you’ll know I spent my time in lockdown creating a community lockdown garden with my neighbours (if you missed it, you can check that out here).

This past week, the Eastern Daily Press was kind enough to dedicate an entire double page spread to sharing our garden story! We hope it inspires others, and helps us to raise some money for UK wildlife charities, including RSPB and the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust; which is the next phase of our gardening adventure! 

The below extract is taken from the Eastern Daily Press interview feature with Emma Lee:

Emma: What plans do you have for your lockdown garden and the project in the coming weeks and months?

Kate: We can’t wait to see how things grow and change, and what colours and flowers we might see. We’ve built our own butterfly feeding table, and hope to attract some more insects to it — and we’ve made a ‘hedgehog highway’ space too — so hopefully we’ll get some more visitors! 

Since the shops have reopened, we’ve bought some fairies and hidden them around the garden, for passersby to enjoy looking at!

I’m hoping to make it into a fun ‘fairy hunt’ with a check list of what to look for and I’m hoping to raise some money for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and RSPB with this.

This time next year, I plan to take cuttings of my own and hand them out to all the neighbours who’ve made life so much better during this time — so that they can take something different back to their own gardens, too.

Emma: How do you think this time has changed people’s relationship with nature and what are your hopes for what this will mean for the future?

Kate: I think everyone has been forced to slow down during this time, and as the space we inhabit has been restricted, there’s been more chance to notice and value the presence of nature within our own lives — and see how it can benefit our mental health and physical health.

From fresh air, to countryside walks, growing vegetables to feeding the birds, I’ve seen more people than ever consider what’s happening around them.

As humans have had to slow down and step away, but wildlife has continued as it’s usual pace; at a local level, it has been flourishing.

Read the full article: How socially distanced gardening brought a community together

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Discover more about the motivation behind our garden project:

  • ‘Nature is the greatest place to heal and recharge’
  • Gardens of Extinction guest post
  • Feeding the birds in your garden
  • Bug Safari: What to look out for in your garden
  • Helping Hedgehogs in your Garden

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