Let’s Save the Rainforest! [Tips]

Take a breath, thank a rainforest. This World Rainforest Day, take a moment to think about the many ways in which rainforests positively affect our lives. They provide us with food, medicine, climate regulation, and so much more. The benefits of rainforests are innumerable.

Essential to our survival, rainforests are responsible for more than 25% of all Western medicine and house more than 50% of the world’s plant and animal species. Only covering 2 percent of the planet’s surface area, rainforests are dense and concentrated; however, they directly provide for indigenous populations who live off the land and work to protect this precious resource.

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Conservation Friendly Construction [Infographic]

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to adapt our construction methods to be more environmentally friendly. However, this isn’t just a case of green energy and sustainable materials, plans must also account for the local ecosystem.

The construction of both residential and commercial properties is encroaching further and further into our countryside. As a result, wildlife habitats are negatively affected and the UK’s biodiversity suffers.

In addition, changing animal behaviours in urban areas are being caused by a range of human factors. These include air and light pollution as well as habitat loss and fragmentation amongst others.

As towns and cities take over more green space, we’re increasingly likely to encounter wildlife or even share our home with them. A surprisingly common example of this is bats roosting in and around homes.

Thankfully, there are solutions being developed which will allow us to coexist peacefully with our indigenous animal species. Read on to find out what issues exist and how conservation-friendly construction can remedy them…

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Building the perfect Birdhouse [Infographic]

Features of a Good Birdhouse- Give a Bird a Home

A birdhouse is such a great addition to any garden and it’s a really fun DIY project to tackle. This infographic from Capital Garden Services looks at how to build the perfect birdhouse so maybe it’s time to bring one to your garden?

If you are building one, build a good one as otherwise you’re short-changing our feathered friends! You should use untreated wood and galvanised screws as remember this will need to last throughout the year in all weather conditions.

You also need to make sure your birdhouse is protected from predators and some of the most common are chipmunks, raccoons, and cats. A stovepipe is generally considered the best protection against climbing predators.

If you don’t want to build a birdhouse there are other things you can do. Things like install a feeder o attract the local neighbourhood birds! Make sure to have good quality seeds for them when they come to visit. Check out the full infographic now!

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Water Farm Conservation [Infographic]

“Irrigation has been used for thousands of years to increase agricultural production and provide protection against drought. Agriculture provides us with many goods, but it also takes away from us. Agriculture is the single largest food provider and also the largest user of global water resources.”

Scroll down to learn how much water is needed to produce food and feed animals as well as how much of that is wasted and what are the challenges in the future of agriculture and farming.

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Wildlife Preservation: Successes & Failures [Infographic]

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This infographic outlines areas of wildlife preservation where we have been successful, battles we are losing, and battles we have already lost. For example the American Bison was hunted down to 750 in 1890, but thanks to preservation efforts this has increased to 350,000.

Unfortunately there are other battles we are losing, such as with the beautiful Amur Leopard. There are now only 30 left, and we face a difficult fight to save them. The important thing is that there is still time to make a difference and it’s not too late.

Animals such as Tasmanian Tiger have been extinct since 1936 and there is nothing we can do about it,  so let’s hope the same doesn’t happen to the Amur Leopard.

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