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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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National Celebrations

Evaluation of the communications impact of IYB-UK partnership, independent report by Echo Research Ltd

Closure Report
IYB-UK: The UK partner response to the UN International Year of Biodiversity

On www.biodiversityislife.net you will find information about the International Year of Biodiversity programme across the UK. The website has a searchable database for events throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What's on
Hundreds of events are being planned across the UK by IYB-UK partners to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity during 2010. Click here to find events in your area.

What’s On: January – December 2010 - Summer Holiday Events (pdf).

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  BioNET and the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity

  Audio slideshow: Mammal mail
Millions of water voles, whales and wildcats are set to drop through letter boxes across the UK in the coming weeks - as the Royal Mail highlights the struggle for survival facing some of Britain's wild mammals.

As part of the 2010 International year of Biodiversity, 10 new First Class stamps show creatures for whom the future is by no means secure - as the Chief Executive of The Mammal Society, Marina Pacheco, explains.

  Biodiversity meets the YouTube generation with tve’s call for commissions
tve is launching its second major environmental film initiative biomovies for YouTube filmmakers and animators. It’s a film competition that offers them a say on the world’s vanishing biodiversity. Watch on Youtube

Tayside Biodiversity Festival There are around 140 events planned across the Scottish Perth & Kinross, Dundee and Angus regions for the Tayside Biodiversity Festival throughout May.

Natural History Museum
Under the coordination of the Natural History Museum, 190 organizations have signed up to the national campaign and are organising activities including talks, exhibitions, public dialogues, artwork, citizen science experiments encompassing science and the arts.

IYB meets elephant parade
The T-Shirt for the May22 ‘IYB meets elephant parade’ – 500 of these were printed to be worn by the artists who painted the 260 elephants which are being auctioned for Asian Elephant conservation. On biodiversity day the 260 elephants - put in streets and parks across London - were visited by their makers wearing these t-shirts to celebrate the day and to promote conservation activity.

  I NHM Youth Summit on Biodiversity delegates bag. This summit for 200 a-level school children is organised by the Natural History Museum, London. It looks at the issues of the year from the basics of what biodiversity is, to the issues around its value and how we can make a difference.

InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP) and General Assembly
In 2010 the Royal Society in London celebrates the Society's 350th Anniversary. The conference will address themes related to biodiversity and the 2010 Target. More information can be found by clicking here.

Search for Species
Through this search you can look for information on all birds of the world. You can find information on a particular species or sets of species by specifying a number of different search criteria. You can select species by either picking a family (listed in taxonomic order), entering free text for a genus, species or common name Go to the website.

Lords debate on biodiversity
28 July 2010During the Lords debate, Baroness Miller asked the government what steps they were taking to reduce the decline in biodiversity. The Lord Bishop of Blackburn responded to her query by iterating the importance of maintaining the biodiversity in the region and he also discussed the measures churches are taking to preserve the environment.

For instance, many church courtyards have turned into wildlife sanctuaries with over 100 species of wild flowers being identified at St. Peter & St. Paul with St. Andrew’s church in Bedfordshire. Also churches across England have taken initiatives to get youth involved in preserving the greenery in the area. St. Christopher’s Church of England High School held a very successful ecofair which raised awareness about the importance of biodiversity. The church hopes to get as many children as possible involved in the biodiversity preservation movement since they are the ones that can truly insight change in the future. Read the details.

ADCXX is seeking to bring people, organisations and the community together to record and document the Fossdyke Canal in Lincoln UK. This is a multidisciplinary Arts, History, Science, Archaeological and Ecology project on what is thought to be the oldest canal in the UK.

And here is a link to the World Canal Conferences.

  Winners of Biodiversity Competition Announced
The winners of the International Year of Biodiversity Competition were announced this week. Alice Grey from Port Ellen Primary School on the Isle of Islay in Scotland took the top prize for primary school entries, while Shannon Church, Imogen Hale and Katie Lipscombe from St Johns School in Marlborough won the secondary school category.
The competition, organised by UNESCO Associated Schools in the UK to celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, attracted 114 entries from across the UK.

  Three cartoons for the International Year of Biodiversity (UK)
by artist Rory McCann
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  Yorkshire Dales National Park
Celebrating the completion of Nature in the Dales, the first local biodiversity action plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Dates and VenueEvent
1 March 2009 - 1 January 2012
The Great Plant Hunt
Autumn 2009, spring and autumn 2010

Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management
21 November 2009 - 31 December 2010
Whale of a Time Workshop
26 November 2009

The World I Want
Until 18 January 2010
Moray Fifth
The Moray Fifth Partnership
1 January - 31 December 2010

Aggregate Industries
January - October 2010
Silas Birtwistle International Tour
Launched January 2010
Chesire Wildlife Trust
13 - 14 January 2010
Integrating Ecosystem Services Into Biodiversity Management
Organized by:
The Royal Society
17 January 2010
Biodiversity on the Farm
20 January 2010
Café Scientifique International Year of Biodiversity Special : "Sponges, Washing Powder and Cuddly Dolphins". Speaker: Prof. Marcel Jaspars
Organized by:
University of Aberdeen
30 January 2010
Nature in Numbers
February and April 2010

John Muir Trust
2 February - Launches April 2010

The Environment Agency
6 February - 7 March 2010
Tropical Extravaganza
11 February - 4 March 2010
Tours of Kew Gardens' Orchid Nursery with potting demonstration
11 February - 23 July 2010
Writing the World
13 February - 1 April 2010
Fascinating Filipinas / Philippines trail
13 - 19 February 2010
The Living Rainforest
14 February - 3 December 2010
Biodiversity Art Award
14 - 21 February 2010
DZP Biodiversity Week
15 - 21 February 2010
Eco Fair
25 - 26 February 2010
The Foundations of Biodiversity : Saving the World's Non-vertebrates
Organized by:
Zoological Society of London
Launches March 2010
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Events
1 - 16 March 2010
Bournemouth Natural Science Society Talks
3 March 2010
Milton Keynes
Doing Your Bit For Biodiversity
5 - 31 March 2010
Arts Catalyst Exhibition: The Occurrence of Malformation in Amphibians
5 March 2010
Industrial Agriculture – Perilous for Our Planet. Why small-scale ecological agriculture is the only way forward
10 March 2010
Fashion with Passion - The Web of Life
12 - 19 March 2010
Life Webs - Banham Zoo Road Show
12 March - 6 April 2010
Kenya and the African Cherry Tree
12 March - 26 September 2010
Wildlife: Photographic Exposition
12 - 21 March 2010

National Science and Engineering Week - What on Earth is Going on?
13 March - 13 June 2010
University of Bristol Events
13 - 21 March 2010
Science Week
14 March 2010
Meet Mother Nature
15 - 31 March 2010
The Case of the Deviant Toad - Work by Brandon Ballengée
17 March 2010
Café Scientifique International Year of Biodiversity and UK National Science and Engineering Week Special : "Getting Around"
Organized by:
University of Aberdeen
20 - 21 March 2010
Biodiversity in Edinburgh
20 March 2010
Kids bring a Grandparent Day
20 - 21 March 2010
Curiosity and Creativity in Science, Art & Writing
21 March 2010
Biodiversity: A Guided Walk in the Park
22 - 26 March 2010
Hinchley Wood School's Biodiversity Week
25 March 2010
Taking Back Control of Our Lives – Local solutions to global problems
25 March - 23 May 2010
Doing the Lambeth trail
26 - 28 March 2010
Butterfly Conservation
Launches April 2010
City of London Burnham Beeches
From April to September 2010
Summer Events 2010 / Organized by: Aberdeen City Council Ranger Service
1 April 2010 - 31 December 2014
The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity
1 April - 16 May 2010
Biodiversity - who cares?
1 - 18 April 2010
Spring Quiz Trail
2 - 18 April 2010 and year long
Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries & Galloway Biodiversity Partnership
13 April 2010
Conservation With Shifting Goalposts : Polar Conservation and Climate
Organized by:
Zoological Society of London
28 - 29 April 2010
Linking Biodiversity Conservation and Poverty Reduction : What, Why and How?
Organized by:
Zoological Society of London
May 2010
Chris Beardshaw/Bradstone/RHS Chelsea Flower Show
1 May - 31 October 2010 / year long
Hertfordshire Orchard Initiative
11 May 2010
Success and Failure in Conserving Species of Extreme Rarity : Lessons to be Learnt?
Organized by:
Zoological Society of London
15 May 2010
Hull Biodiversity Partnership Exhibition / Organized by Hull Biodiversity Partnership
18 May 2010
West Sussex
Wildflower ID / Wild Foods Walk
20 - 22 May 2010
International Year of Biodiversity 2010 in Wales
22 May 2010
Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie and Ballater
Cairngorms BigBioBuzz Day
22 May 2010/ year long
Forestry Commission Scotland
22 May - 30 September 2010
Brighton and Hove
Big Nature Bee Aware Campaign
22 May - 31 August 2010
Young Darwin Prize
23 May 2010
Friends of Thwaite Gardens Open Day / Organized by Friends of Thwaite Gardens in support of the University of Hull Botanic Gardens
1 June - 9 July 2010
The City of London Festival (CoLF)
1 - 30 June 2010

Marine Biological Association of the UK
6 June 2010
Big Nature Sping Watch Bioblitz
8 June 2010
Conservation, Values and Religion
Organized by:
Zoological Society of London
12 - 13 June 2010
Bristol Festival of Nature
12 June - November 2010
Bristol Natural History Consortium
Summer 2010
Charles Darwin Trust
28 June - 1 July 2010
Big Nature Heritage and Environmental Festival
July - September 2010
Delve underneath the beach towel to discover nature’s diversity
1 July - 22 August 2010
Puffin Island wildlife cruises
2-11 July 2010
The Big Biodiversity Butterfly Count
7 - 9 - 14 July 2010
Apothecary: Photographic Exhibition and Lecture Series - In conjunction with “The last Survivors” project
13 July 2010
Re-wilding Europe and the Return of Predators
Organized by:
Zoological Society of London
17 July 2010
Fowey VMCA Rockpool Ramble
20–23 July and 27–30 July
North Berwick
Explore! Summer Club
21 July 2010
Footpaths, Steps, Ragwort and Fencing
24 July - 31 August 2010
Living Seas Summer Trail
24 - 31 July 2010
Mendip Hills
9th EUROPARC International Junior Ranger Camp
24 July - 1 August 2010
The Big Butterfly Count
28 July 2010
Jewels of the Air
30 July 2010
Bats, Broads and Biomanipulation at Barton Broad
31 July 2010
Wildlife Watch Explorer Day – Ecos Nature Park
1 - 16 August 2010
Atlantic Adventure Ocean Wildlife Rides
3 August 2010
Flint Fossil Foray with the Green Gang
6 - 30 August 2010
Carole Jahme is bio-diverse!
7 August 2010
South Ayrshire
Shoreline Ramble
10 August - 7 September 2010
High Tide Watch and BBQ – WWT Llanelli
10 August 2010
Evening Deer Walk
14 August 2010
Rockpool Ramble
14 - 18 August 2010
Canoe Safari
15 August 2010
East Lothian
Wild About Art: Deep Sea Aliens
20 - 22 August 2010
Painswick, Gloucestershire
Rococo Garden Party
Organized by:
Rococo Garden Trust - Rococo Garden
24 August 2010
Green Learning Day: Botany and Butterflies
25 - 27 August 2010
Batty Night Out – Bog Meadows Nature Reserve
25 August 2010
Family Wildlife Walk
28 August 2010
HeARTwood Festival
10 September 2010
Autumnal Migration in North Kent
10 - 11 September 2010
No Plants, No Planet: Horticulture making a world of difference
11 September 2010
Seashore Safari
11 - 12 September 2010
Blue Ribbon Village at the Mayor’s Thames Festival
14 September 2010
St Agnes
The Secret Life of Seals
15 September 2010
Galapagos Conservation Trust
22 September 2010
Bellringing for Biodiversity 22 September 2010
23 September 2010
Just Economics - Investing in a Green Future
1 October 2010
Live web chat with Ahmed Djoghlaf, UN biodiversity chief
2 October 2010
North Yorkshire
2020 Vision, the Yorkshire Dales Biodiversity Conference
4 - 6 October 2010
Census of Marine Life 10-Year Finale
Organized by:
Census of Marine Life, Consortium for Ocean Leadership and Office of Marine Programs, University of Rhode Island, USA
7 October - 12 December 2010
Art for the Amazon: Natural History Museum uses art to tackle eco-crisis
22 October - 27 November 2010
SPECIES: Art Exhibition
28 October 2010
Dreaming the Future, Creating the Future – The Bioneers in Europe
November 2010
Brighton and Hove
Big Nature Schools Biodiversity Conference
4 November 2010
Non-Native Plants Conference
Organized by:
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust / New Forest Non-Native Plants Project
5 November 2010
Biodiversity and Climate Change Conference
16 - 17 November 2010
Beyond 2010 : Strategies for Understanding and Responding to Long-Term Trends in UK Biodiversity
Organized by:
Natural History Museum
17 November 2010
Free tickets for their "Heating the Beacons" tour
The Environment Agency’s annual conference
25 November 2010
Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation Third Annual Symposium: "Species Conservation in a Changing Climate"
27 November 2010
IYB Celebrations by the Cambridge Conservation Forum

Past events

  Launch of International Year of Biodiversity in Scotland
Watch on Youtube or see pictures

20-22 May 2010, this celebration is part of a free, three-day public event at National Museum Cardiff, arranged by a partnership of organisations from across Wales, who are active in preserving biodiversity. Meet BBC wildlife presenter Rhys Jones and his reptile friends and go behind the scenes at the Museum to mark International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May). Please RSVP by 14 May 2010 through emailing rsvp@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk or phone: +44-29-2057-3328. More information.

Mae'r dathliad hwn yn rhan o ddigwyddiad tri diwrnod am ddim i'r cyhoedd yn Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd (20 - 22 Mai). Fe'i trefnwyd gan bartneriaeth o gyrff ar draws Cymru sydd wrthi'n ceisio diogelu bioamrywiaeth. Dewch i gwrdd â chyflwynydd bywyd gwyllt y BBC, Rhys Jones, a'i ymlusgiaid ac ewch tu ôl i'r llen yn yr Amgueddfa i nodi Diwrnod Rhyngwladol Amrywiaeth Biolegol (22 Mai). Atebwch erbyn 14 Mai 2010 os gwelwch yn dda drwy e-bostio rsvp@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk neu ffoniwch: +44-29-2057-3328. Ceir rhagor o wybodaeth ar www.amgueddfacymru.ac.uk/cy/brbcymru

22 May 2010, International Day for Biological Diversity, the theme for 2010 is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation. Events in the UK.

22 May 2010, the Perth Youth Theatre Collective's eco-play "The Tree" will be celebrating the International Day for Biodiversity on 22nd May - the play is to be staged at both the Birnam Oak (of Shakespeare's fame) and the Fortingall Yew - the oldest living thing in Europe - at c5,000 years old (page 18 of the programme).

22 May 2010, Cairngorms BigBioBuzz Day
Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie, Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park
Three simultaneous 24 hour events are being run by the Cairngorms Local Biodiversity Action Plan in Grantown-on-Spey, Kingussie and Ballater to celebrate International Year of Biodiversity. The events are aimed at getting as many people as possible involved in biodiversity related activities in a 24 hour period! The goal is to collect as much information on the biodiversity in the different localities as possible. Each location will have a designated headquarters that will include other attractions such as story telling, puppet shows, green wood working, nature games, crafts, building wildlife boxes and bushcraft. This is likely to be the largest wildlife recording event ever in Scotland and will highlight the fantastic diversity of wildlife on peoples doorsteps in the Cairngorms National Park.

Events will be happening from before dawn on the 22nd May right through to late that evening. All the events are free – although some pre-booking of activities is required. For more information visit the website or call Stephen Corcoran on 01479 870 528 or stephencorcoran@cairngorms.co.uk.

  The Case of the Deviant Toad
Work by Brandon Ballengée - In this the International Year of Biodiversity, Ballengée's artistic practice warns of high incidences of amphibian deformity in response to environmental degradation through his creation of aesthetically rich images and intriguing installations.

A Table From The Sea's Edge

  Family Day event
July 2010, Tentsmuir Point which is part of Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve in Fife, Scotland. Brilliant day out for over 150 visitors. Photos


A Table From The Sea's Edge

A Table From The Sea's Edge is an art project, devised by Silas Birtwistle to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote conservation of the world's coastal and marine biodiversity as a contribution to the UN International Year of Biological Diversity, 2010.

The project aims to embody the rich biodiversity of nature by crafting a large conference table surrounded by twelve chairs, made entirely from beautiful examples of driftwood - collected from four key hotspots around the world. It is a dramatic statement on the environment, uniting different cultures and coastal communities, connecting land with sea, and symbolizing the boundary between marine and terrestrial ecosystems, making connections between man's land-based activities and the marine and coastal environment.

ARKive - Image of Life on Earth

ARKive is a unique global initiative, gathering together the very best films and photographs of the world's endangered species into one centralised digital library, to create a stunning audio-visual record of life on Earth. ARKive's current priority is to complete audio-visual profiles for those species at most risk of extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Throughout the year, as part of our ‘Most Wanted' challenge, ARKive aims to highlight the plight of the world’s threatened species by tracking down imagery for 17,000 of the most endangered animals and plants. Here is a small selection of ARKive species which play a role in improving human well-being.


BioNET is probably the most comprehensive network" for taxonomy (CBD decision VI/8) with a Secretariat hosted by CABI, an international not-for-profit organisation, and with ten locally managed, government-endorsed regional partnerships encompassing institutions in over 100 countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania, the Caribbean and Latin America. BioNET's Mission is to "enhance human well-being and biodiversity conservation by building capacity to discover, name and classify the world's living organisms

BioNET's activities and products

Biosphere Expeditions

Biosphere Expeditions is an award-winning, non-profit-making organisation offering hands-on conservation volunteer work expeditions as an adventure with a purpose for everyone. We bridge the gap between scientists at the forefront of conservation work in need of funds and helpers, and enthusiastic laypeople, who in their holiday time, through their hands-on assistance and with their expedition contribution want to support them.

In 2010 Biosphere Expeditions will be running over a dozen wildlife conservation expeditions around the world, conducting biodiversity research, working with local people, building capacity and running conservation programmes.

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a plant conservation charity based in London, England. It is a membership organisation, working with 800 botanic gardens in 118 countries, whose combined work forms the world's largest plant conservation network. This site has been developed in conjunction with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the International Plant Exchange Network (IPEN) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). It contains, among others, information on how to develop an ABS policy, reference to the Principles on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-sharing for Participating Institutions developed by a number of botanic gardens and herbaria, as well as some case studies.


We inspire 300,000 people to look after more than 50,000 places. BTCV has made a significant impact on the UK and International environment and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. We tackle biodiversity loss by helping to conserve rare and declining species, not only in protected areas and reserves but across the whole range of habitats. We also help to create more green spaces where common plants, birds and animals can thrive. BTCV, a registered charity, is committed to protecting and enhancing biodiversity. BTCV’s work includes regular conservation tasks across the UK but also embraces UK & International Conservation Holidays, BTCV Green Gym, training, from practical skills like hedgelaying to NVQs in Environmental Conservation and helping unemployed people get back into work. The charity also has an online shop, including native trees and plants, conservation handbooks and tools.


CEMEX work in partnership with conservation organisations to share expertise and improve the way we manage biodiversity. In December 2007, we signed a ten-year agreement with BirdLife International, the largest network of independent conservation organizations in the world. We are aiming to conserve and enhance biodiversity within all activities of our business.


COMplus is a diverse global alliance of organisations committed to bringing sustainable development closer to the people through inspiring and innovative communication approaches. Building on an integral social, environmental and economic vision of development, COMplus offers a communications platform to share diverse new ideas, and expertise among global decision makers, journalists and communicators.

CSV Action Earth

CSV Action Earth is a campaign co-ordinated by the national charity CSV Environment (Community Service Volunteers). The purpose of the campaign is to enable people in the UK to take part in practical conservation projects and empower them to improve quality of life for themselves, their communities and future generations. Over the years, Action Earth has built a strong following, with the numbers of those wishing to take part increasing each year. The campaign has now become part of people’s environmental calendar, with many planning their events well before the start of the campaign.

Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. Founded in 1971, Earthwatch supports scientific field research by offering volunteers the opportunity to join research teams around the world. This unique model is creating a systematic change in how the public views science and its role in environmental sustainability. Our vision is a world in which we live within our means and in balance with nature.

As one of the world’s largest private funders of scientific research, our research program involves a global community of leading researchers, conservation volunteers, NGOs and businesses. We’re dedicated to creating an environmental legacy through scientific research projects, educational programs and engaging people in field research. Our project results are published in hundreds of journals worldwide and shared with partner organizations, government agencies, and policy-makers.

EUROPARC Consulting GmbH

Business Consultancy arm of the EUROPARC Federation. Specialists in the policy and practiceof protected-area management. Offering a range of services, from one-off projects to ambitious on-going programmes. Clients: national parks, AONBs, nature parks and other protected areas; governments; NGOs to European funding bodies.

Work previously undertaken includes:
  • advising governments on systems, structures and designations for protected areas;
  • developing, revising, consulting on management plans;
  • developing strategies for environmental education, interpretation, communication, ranger services, sustainable tourism, visitor management;
  • designing and delivering training;
  • undertaking fact-finding and advisory missions
  • offering solutions to practical management issues.

F&C Management Limited

F&C is a global leader within responsible investing since the launch of the Stewardship ethical funds in 1984. We are one of the world’s leading providers of engagement services engaging companies worldwide. We use our influence as one of Europe's largest shareholders to promote the adoption of better environmental practices, with a dedicated engagement programme on ecosystem services, which we launched in 2002. We invest in environmental solutions, including through our specialist funds: the Stewardship range of funds, Global Climate Opportunities Fund and an Emerging Markets Sustainability strategy. Our recent publications have included Biofuels and Sustainability (2008) and Sustainable Mining: Oxymoron or New Reality? (2009).

Fauna & Flora International

FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity. Fauna & Flora International is the world's longest established international conservation body, founded 100 years ago. Renowned for its science-based approach, FFI has pioneered sustainable conservation work that tackles problems holistically, providing solutions that simultaneously help wildlife, humans and the environment.<p>FFI acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and compatible with human needs FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – mainly in the developing world – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.


GardenAfrica engages with scientific and institutional partners in the UK to develop partnerships with practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa towards the promotion of agro-ecological principles and the establishment of sustainable plant-based livelihoods. GardenAfrica is committed to the principles of the CBD to stem the rate of species and habitat loss, compounded by changing climate, and will launch an urgent call to action amongst its constituents during 2010 to highlight the need to protect the essential goods and services provided by biodiversity.

Gold Mercury International

Gold Mercury International is an independent global think-tank founded in 1961. Our Global Governance Model™ is a uniquely flexible framework to organize world complexity within 8 major global areas. The model combines public and private approaches to generating policy debate and new thinking in the context of Global Governance and Visionary Leadership. Since our founding in 1961, our commitment to the promotion of peace and dialogue through trade, cooperation and sustainable practices has captured the attention of statesmen, companies, the media and public opinion worldwide. The prestigious Gold Mercury Awards for Visionary Leadership exemplify ethical, forward-looking and sustainable decision-making.

Grasslands Trust

The Grasslands Trust is a dynamic young charity working to address the crisis facing our wildflower rich grasslands. Our vision is that one day everyone in the UK will live near to this beautiful habitat. We aim to secure the future of valuable grassland sites; restore degraded grasslands to their former glory; give advice about grassland creation and management; campaign for improved policy mechanisms to protect grasslands; and raise awareness of the value and vulnerability of grasslands.

As part of our 2010 activities we will be running a publicity campaign with Natural England to promote the importance and beauty of our magnificent meadows.

Hampshire Museums and Arts Service - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


The biology and geology collections in our care have three specific functions:

  • To provide specimens which can be used as an aid to inform people about important issues relating to the biodiversity and geological history of Hampshire and the complex biological and geological processes involved
  • To provide evidence for the biodiversity and geological history of Hampshire
  • To provide reference material for scientific research and training

If you have any questions about the collections or natural sciences library, wish to visit them or have a collection or specimens you would like to donate, please click here to contact the Museum Services.

Also, by clicking here you can review all the events occurring at Hampshire's Museums during National Insect Week.

Herefordshire Local Biodiversity Action Partnership - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Herefordshire Biodiversity Partnership consists of >60 partners from conservation organisations, voluntary bodies, local bodies, statutory bodies and interested individuals from across the county. Our focus is to provide a targeted and partnership-led approach to biodiversity conservation based upon best practice, local specialist knowledge and good science. We aim to raise awareness of local environmental issues provide integration between the national and local level, enabling local partners to see how they are contributing towards both local and national targets.


Mariposa aims to create edible gardens in Scotland and overseas for the benefit of the community and the natural environment. We collaborate with communities in need of restoration, reintegration and reengagement with the land, guiding and facilitating the formation of the gardens and the social structure of the garden working groups. Community participants gain valuable experience in the planning, organisation and execution of communal gardens for the purpose of facilitating the needs of the land and the community. The highly diverse, creative, flourishing gardens are sustainable solutions to society’s complex problems.

Natural History Museum of London

The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London (the others are the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum). Its main frontage is on Cromwell Road. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive book, journal, manuscript, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments.
Find out more at: www.decadeonbiodiversity.net


Nature is delighted to present this biodiversity supplement for 2010, International Year of Biodiversity. As nations come together to reduce the alarming loss of species taking place worldwide, we hope that these features, opinion pieces, News & Views articles and original research papers will provide a useful snapshot of the problems faced and solutions proposed.

North Lanarkshire Council - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The council has its own Greenspace Service this service takes forward biodiversity projects to protect and enhance the local environment.

Key facts about North Lanarkshire

Based in the heart of Scotland, North Lanarkshire has a population of around 325,520 (GRO(S) 2008 mid-year population estimates) and covers one of the largest local council areas in the country. The central location, excellent transport links and natural scenic beauty ensure that the area is popular, both as an ideal location to set up home or business, or as a centre for the casual visitor or touring holidaymaker.

One Planet Pictures

One Planet Pictures produced the excellent TV series “Nature Inc.” on BBC, which presents case studies and examples of the economic contribution of biodiversity. Episodes of the series will have run in 2009 and will be available for syndication. New episodes will also be available. Ways to extend the distribution of the series to Parties will be explored.

River of Flowers

The impetus behind the River of Flowers, that aims to preserve and promote wildflowers in cities, is a community response to the threat to wildflower survival and continued loss of biodiversity. Our key activities are to plant and support the planting of urban meadows in ‘pollination streams’ to create a ‘river’ of native wildflowers and to map these new and existing urban meadows. River of Flowers seeks to challenge existing stereotypes of wildflowers, reframe the way that people see them and move people towards a better understanding of the role of wildflowers in cities, the natural world and human society.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction, was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Kew's second site, Wakehurst Place, is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. RBG Kew and its partners have collected and conserved seed from 10 per cent of the world's wild flowering plant species (c.30, 000 species) and the aim is to conserve 25% by 2020.

Kew is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Kew is hosting a series of events and activities throughout 2010 to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity.

Television Trust for the Environment

TVE produced excellent documentaries in 2007 for the International Day for Biodiversity, which were subsequently broadcast on the BBC as part of the Earth Report Series.

The International Coral Reef Action Network

ICRAN is an innovative and dynamic network of many of the world's leading coral reef science and conservation organisations. ICRAN was established in 2000 with a historic grant from the United Nations Foundation (UNF).

The Wildlife Trust For Birmingham and the Black Country

The Wildlife Trust - Making Birmingham and the Black Country a better place for wildlife and people

Founded in 1980 as the Urban Wildlife Group, in 1982 we became the first urban Wildlife Trust, one of 47 covering the whole UK, we have been working to make Birmingham and the Black Country a better place for wildlife and people. In total there are now 791,000 members of the Wildlife Trust in Britain. The Wildlife Trust is leading the way in adapting to climate change in urban areas, doing practical things now that will ensure that in the future we all, our children and our children’s children will be able to enjoy a wildlife rich, healthy environment into the future.


TRAFFIC has an enviable reputation as a reliable and impartial organization, a leader in the field of conservation as it relates to wildlife trade. TRAFFIC was established in 1976 and has developed into a global network, research-driven and action-oriented, committed to delivering innovative and practical conservation solutions based on the latest information. TRAFFIC is governed by the TRAFFIC Committee, a steering group composed of members of TRAFFIC's partner organizations, WWF and IUCN. A central aim of TRAFFIC's activities is to contribute to the wildlife trade-related priorities of these partners. TRAFFIC also works in close co-operation with the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

TRAFFIC’s contribution towards the International Year of Biodiversity (Report)

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre was established in 2000 as the world biodiversity information and assessment centre of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHG) is a national organisation campaigning to save historic gardens and parks from neglect, indifference, insensitive planning and planting for future generations.

Wales has many outstanding parks and gardens. However, some remain neglected, or unrecognised, yet they are as much a part of the Welsh heritage as the buildings or towns they were designed to complement.

The WHGT aims to conserve, protect and raise awareness of the heritage landscape and to promote the richness and cultural importance of these sites.

Please visit the website for a wide range of activities and events.

West Midland Bird Club

The WMBC has been serving birdwatchers and ornithologists in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and West Midlands Metropolitan County since 1929. Our mission is to bring together those with a common interest in wild birds and to encourage the study of these birds and the conservation of their habitats. We have a membership of almost 2,000. The Club leases and manages reserves at Belvide and Ladywalk, and operates permit schemes at Blithfield Reservoir, Gailey Reservoir and Harborne Nature Reserve. Other services include indoor meetings at branches in Birmingham, Kidderminster, Solihull, Stafford and Tamworth, regular field meetings and bulletins, and annual bird reports.

Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

Making Birmingham and the Black Country a better place for wildlife and people

Recent years have seen huge changes in the landscape of Birmingham and the Black Country. Work to regenerate the area and revitalise its economy has brought many benefits and also created environmental challenges. Now climate change poses the biggest challenge that both wildlife and people have ever had to face in human history.

Founded in 1980 as the Urban Wildlife Group, in 1982 we became the first urban Wildlife Trust, one of 47 covering the whole UK, we have been working to make Birmingham and the Black Country a better place for wildlife and people. In total there are now 791,000 members of the Wildlife Trust in Britain. The Wildlife Trust is leading the way in adapting to climate change in urban areas, doing practical things now that will ensure that in the future we all, our children and our children’s children will be able to enjoy a wildlife rich, healthy environment into the future.

Wildscreen Festival

Wildscreen is a charity working globally to promote an appreciation of biodiversity and nature through the power of wildlife imagery. Wildscreen is uniquely positioned at the heart of the international wildlife and environmental media industry, and for 25 years we have been celebrating, applauding, gathering, protecting and sharing images of wild species and wild places.