100 Species - 5 reasons


You may have your own reasons why you would like to take up the 100 Species Challenge, but here are 5 which we think are important.

1. We need more contact with nature

For most of human history we have been closely connected to nature. Modern life has divorced many of us from directly living in a natural environment. Yet we have evolved as part of nature and most of us seek out green open spaces to relax in and enjoy seeing wildlife around us. It is even scientifically proven that experiencing nature is good for both our physical and mental well-being.

2. Knowledge is hugely valuable

Most people have very limited knowledge of the wildlife they pass every day. Only very recently have people lost this direct personal reliance on the natural environment. We no longer need to personally know which species are edible, which could harm us and which can heal us. Collective blindness and a lack of understanding about ecology and natural systems results in neglect and bad decision-making which damages the natural world on which we all depend. By learning more about the species we share our environment with we start to increase our knowledge and understanding of nature.

3. Addressing the biodiversity crisis

You only love what you know..... By looking more closely at the wildlife around us we will appreciate it more. Hopefully this awareness may translate into more support for conservation action and also taking steps ourselves, for example by managing our gardens better for nature.

4. We need more wildlife data

Nearly 80% of UK wildlife species are 'data deficient' - meaning we don't know enough about where they are found and how common or rare they are. Without such knowledge it is hard to take effective conservation action. The data collected by NatureSpot from the public is making an important contribution to plugging this gap and by participating in the 100 Species challenge you will be helping to add to our scientific knowledge about local wildlife species. See Becoming a wildlife recorder

5. It's fun and enriching

If you only see ‘green’ plants with a few generic birds and bugs you are missing out massively! We are surrounded by wildlife, much of it can be identified relatively easily, opening up a whole new world of interest and appreciation. Every species has a unique life story and intertwines with other species in the environment in fascinating ways. Only when you can put a name to a species do you have a peg to hang your knowledge on. Being able to recognise the wildlife you encounter is like taking blinkers off, the world becomes richer and so much more interesting.



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