Every year on the 22nd March the United Nations encourage us to celebrate World Water Day. The aim of World Water Day is to get people to appreciate how important water is. This year’s theme is “Nature for Water” – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Wetlands are often overlooked and seen as wasteland, this has led to 2/3 of natural wetlands disappearing since 1990. This is why sites such as Fishlake Meadows are so important for us to protect, manage and try to expand the wetland habitat communities. By reducing scrub and tree cover across Fishlake Meadows, the areas of ponds, ditches and reedbed will thrive and increase.
4 billion people (half the world’s population) live in urban areas, which put pressure on cities to grow; as they do there can be a tendency to encroach on wetlands, reducing their size. Wetlands serve an important purpose to cities; they absorb rainfall, their vegetation filters waste and improves water quality, and they offer recreation and relaxation opportunities to boost people’s well-being.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust manage a number of wetland nature reserves, such as Testwood Lakes, Lower Test, Winnall Moors and Blashford Lakes. Why not visit one for World Water Day to discover how special they are? If you would like to find out more about our work with wetlands please go to: http://www.hiwwt.org.uk/wildlife/habitats/wetlands-and-rivers, and there is lots of information about World Water Day here: http://worldwaterday.org/.