It’s World Wetlands Day!
Wetlands are a really important part of our planet, although they cover very little of its surface. They are, effectively, where land meets water, and as such they cover areas such as shores, estuaries, mudflats, floodplains, coastal marshes, local ponds, the bog and pond in your garden, mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, and rivers.
Why wetlands matter
They provide us with drinking water, they store a third of the world’s carbon emissions and they buffer us from floods and droughts.
They are important to wildlife because 40% of all plant and animal species live or breed here. They are vital breeding and feeding grounds for migratory birds – stopover points, if you like. They give wildlife a chance to rest, shelter and winter.
The theme in 2020 is Wetlands and Biodiversity. You can find out about it here.
Wetlands are facing increasing threats from pollution, climate change, dams and over-exploitation.
In the UK, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust works hard to combat these threats.
The WWT’s vision is “A world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives”.
Memberships help the WWT:
Help the WWT fulfil its vision and in doing so help people and wildlife around the world.