Celebrating our First Birthday: Creating a Wildlife Conservation Area
Here at EcoVibe, we’re committed to doing our bit for the natural world around us. To celebrate our First Birthday, we went out volunteering with TVC Hollybush creating a lovely wildlife area for a primary school – so cute! We spent our day building and digging out pathways so that the children will be able to explore their new garden when it’s finished. Despite plenty of rain – it is mid-October after all – a wonderful and truly rewarding day was had by the whole team.
Our wonderful EcoVibe team
But why is it so important to do conservation work and protect our planet? The most obvious reason is to protect wildlife and promote biodiversity. Protecting this wildlife and preserving it for future generations means we can maintain a healthy and functional ecosystem.
Shockingly, the UK is actually among the most nature depleted countries in the world, having lost significantly more over the long term than the global average. As we lose nature, we lose a huge part of what makes us happy and healthy. The animals most at risk are the Scottish wildcat and once widespread black rat, but hedgehogs, rabbits and water voles are also falling in numbers. This decline in biodiversity needs urgent action across society.
On top of being generally important for the environment and our wildlife, the conservation work we did is really important for the children who attend the school. We were really sorry to find out that 1.3 million children in the UK don’t visit the natural environment even once per year. Green space and infrastructure helps learning development is well-known for leading to better educational outcomes for children. What’s more, it’s really important in teaching younger generations how amazing our wildlife is and how much it needs protecting.
We volunteered with a fantastic charity called TVC, who are a community volunteering charity. They work across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone by connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both. But we do need even more people to get involved! We can all do our own bit, including nature-friendly planting in our own gardens or even committing to volunteering work on a more regular basis.
Have you been doing any conservation work recently? Let us know in the comments below!