The loss of wildlife is not just of importance to scientists and enthusiasts. The loss of genetic diversity, species, and damage to habitats and ecosystems affects us all, in many ways that we are only beginning to understand. It sustains us and contributes to our quality of life by providing places to enjoy, relax in and learn from. It also provides us with ecological services upon which our lives depend – services such as flood defence, clean water, healthy soils, and food.
Both of these contribute immensely to our economy and well-being.