In our current western lifestyles, it seems that we homo sapiens have to make conscious decisions against the norm in order to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. 4 Animals that help the Earth Function
On the other hand, animals live in symbiosis with Earth. They co-exist in harmony just by being themselves.
Some animals go a little bit further to help the Earth flourish. Read on to discover 4 Animals that help the Earth Function.
Phytoplankton are at the heart and soul of the oceanic ecosystem as they are at the bottom of the food chain and hence, support the large majority of oceanic organisms.
These creatures absorb carbon-dioxide (both organic and industrially made) from the atmosphere and emit oxygen. Amazingly through this process of photosynthesis, these microscopic wonders provide half of the Earth’s oxygen.
Therefore, phytoplankton are a significant component in the regulation of the Earth’s climate and life upon it.
There are around 270 bee species estimated to be living in the UK.
Honey and Bumble bees are the most recognised species, however there are many more. Take a look at Friends of the Earth’s bee identification guide to find out more!
According to Heifer International, “Cross pollination helps at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of the world’s wild plants”.
We can all do a little bit to help our bees, why not plant some bee attracting plants? Brilliant bee attracting plants include:
Another great way that you could help bees is by installing a BEE BRICK™ from fantastic Cornish company Green and Blue. These bee bricks help house non-swarming solitary bees like red masons lead cutters. Moreover, the bricks themselves are made from 75% waste material from the Cornish China Clay Industry!
Interesting Fact: Bees do a ‘waggle dance’ when they have found a great source of nectar. The bees do this waggle dance to tell their chums the location of the source in relation to the sun and hive.
Well we couldn’t have a zero waste blog without celebrating these clever little composters could we?!
Worms are essential to soil ecosystems.
Firstly, they decompose organic matter turning all types of food, leaves and small, dead organisms into usable compost. This enables us to turn our food into compost to grow more food! Wahey!
Secondly, they increase nutrient availability.
“Nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen become more readily available to plants after digestion by earthworms and being excreted in earthworm casts” (Science Learning Hub).
Thirdly, the small tunnels they make within the soil both aerates the soil and enables greater irrigation for plants.
Do you have beaver fever?
This is a very exciting one for me as beavers have been re-introduced in a stream very close to my Dad’s in Cornwall.
In the 1800s beavers were almost brought to extinction by humans slaughtering them on the premise that they were pests with nice fur.
More recently, people have realised the intelligent craftsmanship and positive impact that beavers have on their surround ecosystem.
Beavers create wetlands providing an ideal habitat for a multitude of species. One BBC case study even states that “In 2011 when we put the beavers in, we had 11 clumps of frogspawn in the wood; this year we had 681.” That’s a significant increase!
In addition, beavers have also been proven to improve the quality of water
Author Ben Goldfarb has written a book titled “Eager, The Surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter” highlighting the numerous benefits of bodacious beavers. The infographic below details a few:
Thank you for reading
These are just 4 wonderful creatures out of the thousands of extraordinary animals doing their little bit, even if they aren’t aware of their impact!
We hope you enjoyed reading about animals that help the Earth function!
What’s your favourite helpful animal? Know any important ones that we’ve missed?
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