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

Your Connection to Wildlife

Official blog of the Canadian Wildlife Federation Your Connection to Wildlife

A Rube With A View

A blog about ecology and wildlife conservation

The ecosystem services blog

Analyses and comments on the science and practice of ecosystem services and biodiversity

World's diverse ecosystems

Why I’m joining the Big Climate Fightback…

The Woodland Trust launched the Big Climate Fightback in September to give people a simple way to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

The post Why I’m joining the Big Climate Fightback… appeared first on Kate on Conservation.


The Woodland Trust launched the Big Climate Fightback in September to give people a simple way to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

The post Why I’m joining the Big Climate Fightback… appeared first on Kate on Conservation.

Last weekend, I joined the Woodland Trust‘s Big Climate Fightback, to make my own small scale difference in the fight to stop climate change and secure the future of the planet.

The Woodland Trust launched the Big Climate Fightback in September to give people a simple way to make a difference and — having concluded the first UK lockdown with the devastating (albeit unsurprising) news that Chris Packham’s attempts to halt work on HS2 (which would subsequently decimate ancient woodland that the Woodland Trust had campaigned hard to protect) — I wanted to begin this second lockdown with an investment in nature.

It’s important to remember that the threat we all face from climate change hasn’t gone away and trees are still our strongest warriors in the battle.

The Woodland Trust kindly sent me these crab apple saplings for the lockdown garden I created with the help of my neighbours back in the spring — and planting them was my way of helping The Woodland Trust on their mission to plant 50 million trees in the next five year.

big climate fightback - kate on conservation with crab apple sapling

Everyone can join the climate change army and become a part of the Big Climate Fightback; by planting a tree at home, using your voice to speak up for trees or supporting the Woodland Trust with a donation.

The UK desperately needs more trees in order to hit the government’s 2050 Net Zero target.

I recently shared a blog post contrasting the area of forest the government pledges to plant with trees as part of its “Nature for Climate” fund with the area of forest that will need to be cut down over the same period to supply the UK’s massive demand for wood to burn as fuel for electricity.

The results showed clear hypocrisy when it comes to the Nature for Climate fund; which is why I believe we need to support non-governmental organisations, like the Woodland Trust, in their own efforts to plant trees.

big climate fightback planted trees

I planted these two saplings as with the idea in mind that trees are both the lungs of the planet and food providers to human and non-human animals.

The crab apple is well-loved by foragers; and also as a food source to our garden wildlife — from its early nectar appealing to pollinators, to its fallen fruits being favoured by foxes, badgers and small mammals alike — the native crab apple is something our family can enjoy in many ways over time.

Planted during a global pandemic, and at a time when there is a climate crisis — these saplings serve as a symbol of our need to nurture the planet if we are to reap its rewards. I hope to watch these trees grow as we watch our children grow; and to see the world healing as this happens. 


Find out how you can get involved and help the Woodland Trust plant 50 million trees over the next 5 years! http://www.woodlandtru.st/bRAbY

kate on conservation wildlife blog logo

Learn more about trees

  • Read about the launch of The Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback
  • Help The Woodland Trust save ancient woodlands
  • The hidden truth behind the UK’s tree-planting hypocrisy
  • HS2 and the UK’s post-lockdown challenges
  • Discover The Health Benefits of Going Outdoors
  • Learn more about climate change
  • Take A guided tour of Saint Lucia’s Babonneau rainforest

The post Why I’m joining the Big Climate Fightback… appeared first on Kate on Conservation.


Read full article on Environmental conservation