frequently asked questions

here you will find all the answers to you questions about wildlife conservation

  1. Why conserve wildlife?
  2. Why do we need trees?
  3. What is the most valuable species to conserve?
  4. Why is our landscape like it is today ?
  5. Why do we need to look after nature ?
  6. How can I get involved in conservation work?
  7. What is Biodiversity and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) ?

What is Biodiversity and a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)?

Biodiversity is all living things; micro-organisms, fungi, plants and animals, and the habitats in which they live, support and are supported by. Worldwide there are between 5 and 30 million different species, mostly insects, and there is an equally diverse array of habitats, from the tops of oceans to the bottom of oceans. But this diversity is seriously under threat due to humans power over nature and new advances in destructive technology and engineering.

There are a total of 391 species and 45 habitats, the origins of which stem from the UK's commitment to the convention on biological diversity. This convention was signed by over 150 world leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, committing each country to saving and enhancing the variety of native wildlife - biodiversity - within its borders.

To develop and implement a strategy in the UK, a biodiversity steering group was established, with members drawn from government, agencies, industry, botanical gardens, land management and voluntary conservation organisations. You may find your local authority has a BAP which it has focused on to protect and enhance

The UK Biodiversity Action Plan is the most significant nature conservation initiative in the UK in recent times. The Plan is revolutionary in combining new and existing natureconservation initiatives with its emphasis on a partnership approach. It contains 59 objectives for conserving and enhancing plants, animals and habitats, promoting public awareness and contributing to international conservation efforts. English Nature and other organisations from across all sectors are committed to achieving the Plan's nature conservation goals over the next 20 years and beyond.

For more details on BAP's contact English Nature, Thames Region.