Biodiversity means all the forms of life on Earth, from the tiniest bugs in the soil to the largest whales in the ocean, and the plants they eat. Biodiversity provides us with many of life’s necessities including food and drink, medicine, building materials and many parks, forests, wetlands and beaches for us to enjoy. A growing population and increasing use of natural resources place huge stresses on natural ecosystems and the species in them. Destruction of habitats, climate change, over-harvesting and introduction of non-native species are major threats to native Biodiversityspecies resulting in their extinction and endangerment.

So what are we doing in St. Brigid’s N.S. to preserve, protect and improve biodiversity in our locality?

We have been busy creating a variety of habitats in our school grounds which are wildlife friendly such as our oak woodland, hedgerow, orchard, pond, organic vegetable garden, wildflower meadow, wild areas, summer meadow, native and non-native trees, bug hotels, hedgehog homes, bat houses and a  leaf composting frame. We have trees and shrubs with berries and nuts to feed the birds in autumn and bird feeders with seeds and nuts in winter. There are  flowers almost all year for the bees and other insects.

In the future, we plan to continue planting more trees, build a ‘wild bee hotel’ and continue to maintain and enhance our wildlife friendly school grounds.