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[Ambassador report] [Themed Report] Biodiversity Gardening a Way to House our Species...

by Rosa Domingos | 20-05-2019 23:58 Comments 18 Comments recommendations 1 recommendations

Human development hasn’t just claimed vast areas of the planet, it’s also split up the little patches of wilderness that are left, making life especially difficult for animals that need large areas to roam and find mates. Nature reserves are important for protecting biodiversity, but so are other vegetated areas – even those in the midst of the paved-over metropole (News24, 2013).

Humble suburban gardens and back yards can contribute to the biodiversity conservation effort by forming green islands and corridors that offer local species refuge, resting places and relatively safe passage through the human-altered world(News24, 2013).

On International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), maximise this effect by including the indigenous, excluding the exotic, and greening more of the space you have available in your garden.

Gardening for biodiversity: a few tips:

  • The closer your garden is to the original natural vegetation of the area, the more likely it will be to thrive and support other organisms. Exotic plant species can look attractive, but indigenous species are much better at attracting and conserving indigenous butterflies and birds, and they take less water too(News24, 2013).

  • Practise greater tolerance and appreciation for the insect world, and avoid commercial insecticides as much as possible in your garden. Caterpillars eat holes in things, it’s true, but then they also turn into butterflies. More insects mean more insect-eating animals – birds, frogs and small mammals like shrews.

  • Don't forget the biodiversity layer beneath our feet: healthy soil should be full of organisms. Keep it that way by adding compost and mulch; the easiest way to do so is to simply let garden “litter” (leaves, twigs, seeds etc.) lie where it falls. Biodiversity gardeners don’t worry themselves too much about neatness(News24, 2013).

  • Instead of a stretch of single-species lawn, choose a greater mix of plant types, or maybe a rockery or pond. The greater the variety of plant species and habitats, the more likely you’ll be to attract a variety of animals.

  • Consider all possible surface areas for planting, not just the ground but also the walls for climbing plants, flat rooftops, terraces, decks and even window ledges.  

Botanical gardens are excellent places to get information and ideas for indigenous planting and creating a biodiversity garden.  What is great about going to a Botanical Garden is that entry is free to all National Botanical Gardens on 22 May, and many have events planned for the day. See the website of the South African National Botanical Institute (SANBI) for what might be happening in your area(News24, 2013).

Reference list:

News24, May 21, 2013. https://www.health24.com/Lifestyle/Environmental-health/Health-tips/Biodiversity-gardening-20130521



Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey Sainath,

    Thank you for reading up on my report. I completely agree with you on what you said.

    Thanks again! :)
    Posted 24-06-2019 18:19

Sainath Manikandan

  • Sainath Manikandan says :

    Very informative report. This greatly is a good way to conserve biodiversity.
    Posted 24-06-2019 16:52

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey Kushal!

    Thank you for reading and commenting!
    Posted 21-06-2019 17:01

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :

    Thank you for your report about biodiversity and botanical garden. Thanks for an impressive report. Really loved reading it.

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 17-06-2019 05:18

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey Saba,

    Thank you for reading my report! And commenting too!
    Yes, bringing one to a botanical garden will surely open their eyes to the many spheres that is the environment, I do hope that more people visit such places so that they see the beauty that is nature!

    Posted 30-05-2019 16:18

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hi Mentor Louis!

    Infusing the gardening into settlements is a great way to protecting the environment. If construction companies are really building in such a way that brings about nature into homes and paces, this will greatly help heal nature.

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my report mentor!
    Posted 30-05-2019 16:15

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hi Mentor Wonhee,

    Thank you for reading and commenting mentor. You are absolutely right, it would greatly help parents to teach their children about the value of nature through gardening and why exactly it is important that they look after the environment. This will bring about a positive notion to the children, parents and nature.

    Sincerely yours,
    Posted 30-05-2019 16:11

Saba Iakobidze

  • Saba Iakobidze says :
    Hi Rosa,

    Great report about gardening, really impressed.

    There are several Botanical gardens in my country and they are very well maintained - I totally agree it is really important for out biodiversity and even for people awareness - for visitors who do not think about our environment, during visiting such a beautiful place they may even think about out biodiversity on the different way :)

    Thanks for the good work!

    Kind Regards from Tbilisi, Georgia

    Posted 29-05-2019 03:42

Louis Mentor

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Rosa,

    This is really an informative report on gardening - an great way in preserving biodiversity around us! If every household owns their own little garden in their house, I believe our world will become even greener! In fact, I've heard that there are many house-building companies that try to introduce gardening into their construction. Please keep us updated about gardening! Great work!

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 26-05-2019 17:55

Wonhee Mentor

  • Wonhee Mentor says :
    Hello Rosa!

    Thank you for sharing us one of the best ways to protect indigenous species and biodiversity. Making a own garden seems to be the excellent way to build a house for indigenous plants and insects. Also, I think gardening would be very helpful for those parents who want to teach their kids how nature functions and how interactions between environments and humans should be. I truly enjoyed reading your article and keep up the good work! : )

    Wonhee Mentor
    Posted 25-05-2019 23:15

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hi Eco-Generation!

    Thank you for reading my report. Yes, gardening is one of the oldest form of looking after oneself and nature.

    Thank you for reporting,
    Posted 24-05-2019 00:18

Eco Generation

  • Eco Generation says :
    Greetings Rosa,

    This is a great report on one of the specific ways to preserve biodiversity in our daily lives - by gardening!
    Thank you for letting us know about the information regarding Botanical gardens, as it is very informative.

    Eco Generation
    Posted 23-05-2019 09:30

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    You are welcome Eliza! :D
    Posted 21-05-2019 18:23

Elizaveta Zaretskaya

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey there Justice!

    I hope you are well! True, they are a vital entity if we would like to combat biodiversity loss. I believe that with time, the local authorities will make sure that more gardens are established.

    Thank you for commenting!

    Posted 21-05-2019 16:17

Justice Obiri

  • Justice Obiri says :
    Botanical gardens ar every vital in preserving biodiversity. We have a few here in Ghana but it is my hope that we could get more.

    Thanks for an amazing report!
    Posted 21-05-2019 11:03

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey Asmita!

    Thank you for reading. Botanical Gardens are good means of learning about the different biodiversities we have.

    And thank you for commenting!
    Posted 21-05-2019 04:18

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello rosa sis
    Thank you so much for this wonderful report.
    In Nepal, we too have a botanical garden and it's great mean to conserve biodiversity.
    Green cheers!
    Posted 21-05-2019 01:45

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