World Wildlife Day has become one of the most important events dedicated to wildlife. In 2021 it’s taking place on the 3rd March, and here’s everything you need to know about what it is and how to take part.
What is World Wildlife Day?
Started by the UN on 20 December 2013, World Wildlife Day celebrates and raises awareness of problems facing wild animals and plants. Every year the day has a new theme that shines a spotlight on one area of environmental need.
What’s the theme of World Wildlife Day in 2021?
In 2021 the focus will be Forests and Livelihoods. Across the world, the spotlight will be on schemes and initiatives that help preserve our forests and support the 200 and 350 million people who live in or around them. In the Uk, the focus is on conserving and protecting our declining woodland species.
How big is the problem of declining UK species?
The 2019 state of nature report found that 41% of all UK species have declined in numbers since the 1970s.
Of these, 26% of mammal species are at risk of extinction with the hedgehog seeing a 95% drop in population.
Pollution, loss of habitat and climate change are the biggest reason for the reduction in biodiversity, and it only takes small changes to have a significant impact.
What can I do to help?
Each garden is a part of the larger ecosystem around it. Looking after the plants and wildlife in your space will improve all the outdoor areas around you and create a place teeming with life. There are some simple steps you can take that will have a significant impact.
Pollinators are the natural world’s backbone; they keep plantlife growing strong, helping all the wildlife around them. But three bee species have gone extinct in recent decades, and the rest are at risk of extinction. Plant wildflowers and install bee homes or shelters to give your local pollinators plenty of food and places to rest.
Find out how to garden in a bee-friendly way.
Give a Hedgehog a House
Hedgehogs were once called ‘gardeners friends’ because they eat slugs, caterpillars, beetles and other pests. Having them in your garden benefits plants and crops, but they are in decline with estimated numbers dropping from 30 million to just under one million since the 1950s. The best way to help our prickly friends is to give them a space to hibernate and raise their little hoglets safely.
Look After Wild Birds
Birds help to control pests, pollinate plants and keep our forests healthy by spreading seeds around. Like all wildlife, both native and migratory birds are at risk from urbanisation and pollution, but you can help them year-round by giving them food, shelter and water.
It only takes little steps to make a big change in your local area. Show us what you’re doing in your garden this World Wildlife Day on Facebook or Instagram with #MyPrimroseGarden for a chance to be featured.