Biodiversity

Earth has experienced five previous mass extinction where most species were wiped out. Now humanity has caused a sixth one. More than 1 million species of land animals are threatened with extinction - we have increased the natural extinction rate by 10,000 times by altering animals' habitats, deforestation, unsustainable production and pollution, and now climate change. 

In 2022, 196 countries adopted the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030. 

Individuals can make a difference - you can buy fewer products, reduce waste, recycle and support projects and organisations protecting biodiversity. 

Plus try our activities so students learn about the threats and opportunities. 


News


The threat of alien species
Invasive species are one of the biggest drivers of biodiversity loss and humans have introduced more than 37000 species around the world, but scientists are urging a human response to dealing with them Read more

Activities


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Monster crabs
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Short description Red king crabs arrived in Europe. Huge, and with no natural predators, they competed with cod for food...
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Invasion!
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Short description Common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, is an invasive plant which is spreading across Europe. Because of illness caused by its...
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Rewilding
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Description News October 2023: Wildcats restored to Scottish Highlands (see weblink). Rewilding aims to reintroduce lost animal species back to ecosystems. It’s...
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Beavers in London: Thinking Classroom version
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Short description December 2023: New 'Thinking Classroom' version Our capital has been rewilded - with beavers. Eologists hope they will help reduce...
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