Biodiversity is the amazing variety of all living things on our planet - from plankton, wildflowers and insects to mammals, reptiles, trees and birds. It also applies to the habitats in which these living things are to be found - oceans, woodlands, meadows and wetlands, as well as man-made places such as fields, parks and canals. Even so-called ‘wasteland’ can be a rich source of biodiversity.
Biodiversity is essential because it impacts on all of our lives, both directly and indirectly.
All species, including humans, require a range of basic resources to keep them alive and healthy. Humans need oxygen to breathe, water to drink, food to eat and shelter from the weather. The living things on our planet provide much of this for us, so their conservation is vital if we are to survive.
Preserving planet Earth's biodiversity is also essential because:
At TRP, we are slightly limited in terms of green space but we definitely make the most of what we have (check out our Peace Mala garden)! Outdoor learning is a big focus and we utilise it across the curriculum, for example habitat mapping with the RSPB and a debate project to encourage Swifts back to our roof. We also use our local spaces such as Rosehill Quarry in our learning. We have even been surveyed by the local council about improving the greenery in the City Centre (Thank you Penny Griffiths). As part of our Green Day, many classes have been learning about Biodiversity on a Global Scale with Year 4 working with Nigel from Size of Wales and completing a project about palm oil use.
Check out or work in the pictures below