Across the UK are hundreds of protected sites near or within towns and cities that not only offer us the chance to escape the bustle of life, but to also experience a surprisingly rich variety of wildlife. Nature Reserves are havens for wild animals and plants that would otherwise come into conflict with humans, else predation from domestic cats or dog attacks on vulnerable plant, bird and mammal populations.
In places where land-use for jobs and housing have become our main concern, the importance of setting things aside for the natural world can sometimes be overlooked. A nature park in your town or city may not have the same prestige or appeal as a Safari park in Africa, but think how poorer our lives would be without so much as hearing the buzz of a bee, or the pleasant sound of a bird singing? The beauty of conserving urban biodiversity is that it not only provides a much-needed home for wildlife but essentially, it gives us a small piece of nature we can all still enjoy.