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Why conserve?
Humankind has affected our planet in many ways. In the past few centuries the changes in society and the increasing pace of development mean that the scale of these impacts have catastrophically grown. There are now many threats to the natural resources of our planet. These include habitat loss and degradation, development, invasive aliens, over-exploitation of resources, and even climate change.

There are many reasons for conserving wildlife.

  • Plants and animals act as environmental indicators, known as a biodiversity indicator species. For example, indicators of good water quality are stonefly larvae, daubenton’s bat and water vole. In short, biodiversity indicators tell us a lot about health of the local environment.
  • Many plants and animals are classed as Endangered. Reasons for this include habitat loss, changes in farming methods and water pollution for example. There is a need to conserve wildlife and prevent species becoming extinct.
  • Wildlife is pleasing to all and it provides amenity.
     
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