Summing Up

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:08

 In this series I have tried to explain why reading, classifying and protecting habitat is both important and interesting.I started by defining what a 'habitat' actually is, and then considered how food chains create dependencies for species and that ultimately all living things are dependent on soil. I tried to explain what soil is and how variations in soil structure can create different kinds of habitat.I then attempted to explain how all of the natural habitat we have today is the result of human intervention in the ongoing process of succession and how, when the pace of change was much slower than now certain ancient habitat types came about (woodland, scrub, grassland, heath and so on). That led us to think about how habitat can be classified and why classification is useful. From there we thought about indicator species and how that helps classify habitat and also enables us to predict what species we might find in that type of habitat.The pace at which habitat was being lost followed together with a look at protection for our remaining ancient sites and then I tried to explain how the concept of nature reserves may have stemmed the loss of habitat but has not stopped the ongoing decline in wildlife.