I’m off on holiday for the next couple of weeks but when I come back I’m going to be doing three different sea habitat 6 in 60s so to get us started lets learn the basics on habitats!
- The basic definition of a habitat is “
- For terrestrial mammals by far the most common habitat is forest. Shrub lands and grasslands are the next most favoured habitats.
- For marine species, the most common habitat is oceanic followed closely by
intertidal. It is noteworthy that there are no marine mammals in the deep benthic marine zone.
- The principle cause of habitat loss is human activity. This activity includes the land and resources we use, all of our production and consumption, and the wastes we discard.
- Protected areas are one of the most effective tools for conserving species and natural habitats. They also contribute to the livelihoods and well-being of local communities and society more broadly.
- Freshwater habitats include bogs, ponds, lakes, rivers and streams. About 3% of Earth’s water is freshwater, but this includes the water locked up in the ice caps and trapped in rocks and soil as groundwater.
Facts 1 – 3 come from the IUCN article on habitats. Fact 4 and 5 come from the wwf page on human activities affecting habitats (its also where I got that wonderful picture). Fact 6 comes from the BBC Nature page on habitats.
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