Biodiversity, though there is no universal definition, usually refers to all the life on Earth. This includes everything from microorganisms to plants to the mighty humpback whale. Conservationists and managers often use a more specific definition, including the genetic and ecosystem diversity which allows habitats to survive sudden changes.

Biodiversity provides us with our food, fibres, rubbers, oils and many of our drugs and medicines. It regulates the atmosphere, churns out our water and produces fertile soils. On a less quantifiable level, natural spaces are also important for mental health.

Biodiversity is under threat, with some estimates saying that 8 species a day are dying out. There are many reasons for this, but some of the biggest threats are habitat fragmentation and loss, climate change, pollution, invasive species and over-exploitation. Unless we address these threats, the planet may soon experience a species decline equal to the loss of the dinosaurs. 

CEH work on biodiversity

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Land Cover Map 2015 coming soon text
The latest land cover information for the UK
Northern Ireland in Land Cover Map 2007
Land cover information for the whole of the UK
Grizzled Skipper butterfly
New research in Global Change Biology
Somerset Levels
Long-term strategies for the UK's largest wetland area
Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum logo
Raising awareness of CEH Land Cover® plus: Crops and the ASSIST programme
Collage illustrating interests of the UK Environmental Observation Framework
Bringing together UK monitoring organisations
Simulated changes in surface ozone concentration  between 2000 and 2050 as a result of climate and emission changes for RCP4.5
Systematic evaluation of current and future ground-level ozone exposure
Tom Brereton presenting on the scientific contribution of UKBMS at the 40th anniversary symposium
UKBMS 40th anniversary symposium
Docks at Liverpool
Presenting research to international audiences
Bee visiting a flower
Most thorough review of pollinator science to date

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