Endangered Species Day: Quiet Steps for Big Impact

While the world celebrates Endangered Species Day with a flurry of activity, some of us (myself included) might find ourselves drawn to a quieter form of participation. But fear not, fellow introverts! We can still make a significant difference in the lives of these magnificent creatures, all without fanfare.

I love nothing more than walk and running in nature, it’s my self-care of choice. Listening to birds, hearing them rustle through the undergrowth and occasionally glimpsing a wild animal foraging or playing. It’s my Zen, and so the thought of losing some of these beautiful creatures to extinction is awful and makes me want to take action!

We often think on endangered species day, that are those spectacular animals, often seen in our Zoos or on David Attenborough programmes, but I often forget about the beautiful animals in Britain that are also classed as endangered species:

The top ten endangered species in Great Britain:

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Red Squirrel: This adorable native species faces competition and disease from the introduced grey squirrel.
  2. Scottish Wildcat: These elusive felines are critically endangered due to habitat loss and interbreeding with domestic cats.
  3. Hazel Dormouse: These tiny mammals hibernate for half the year and are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation.
  4. Turtle Dove: Once a familiar sight in British fields, these migratory birds have seen a dramatic decline due to habitat changes and hunting pressure in southern Europe.
  5. Capercaillie: This majestic grouse is the largest bird in the UK and faces threats from habitat loss, predation, and disease.
  6. Greater Spotted Woodpecker: This vibrant woodpecker is declining due to habitat loss, particularly the availability of dead and decaying trees for nesting.
  7. Eurasian Otter: While recovering in some areas, otters are still vulnerable to habitat loss, pollution, and road traffic accidents.
  8. Harvest Mouse: The smallest mammal in Britain, the harvest mouse is threatened by changes in agricultural practices and habitat loss.
  9. Natterjack Toad: These bumpy-skinned amphibians are critically endangered due to habitat loss and fragmentation of wetlands.
  10. Sand Lizard: Found only in a few isolated locations in southern England, the sand lizard is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation of heathland areas

 

So, let’s discuss ways in which we can champion endangered species, all while staying true to your naturally reserved nature.

Curated and Local Shopping

MJ ARTISAN GIFT CO

 

 

 

 

Our purchasing power holds a huge influence, on the environment:

  • Sustainable Brands: Seek out brands that hold certifications like Fairtrade, Plastic Free, Vegan or Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Sustainability doesn’t have to be a loud statement piece; it can be a quietly confident choice without compromising on style.
  • Buy Local: Skip the bustling city centres and explore the charm of local farmers’ markets. You’ll not only discover exquisite seasonal produce but also support local businesses dedicated to sustainable agriculture.
  • Vintage Fashion: Embrace the allure of pre-loved treasures! Second-hand shops and online marketplaces offer a wealth of unique finds with a timeless appeal. Giving pre-loved items a second life reduces demand for new products and their potential environmental impact. I love buying second-hand clothing and especially vintage items that I feel nobody else will be wearing. That feels affordably exclusive.
  • Ditch the Palm Oil: This far too commonly used ingredient has a detrimental effect on rainforests. Discreetly research brands and opt for products free of palm oil, or choose eco-conscious alternatives like coconut oil.
The Art of Recycling:
  • Bin separation Invest in stylish, well-labelled bins for different materials. This ensures organized disposal and minimizes the risk of contamination, a silent threat to our green efforts. Many Councils are now providing the facilities to split up our waste, but it begins in our kitchens and bathrooms and prior to that, our purchasing choices.
  • Reduce, Refine, Recycle: This mantra can be your guiding light. Focus on minimising waste before considering recycling. Before acquiring something new, consider repairs or repurposing existing items or even eBay, Vinted or Freecycle. I love buying second-hand furniture, imagining it’s previous life and past owners, and reimagining it’s new purpose in life. , Sometimes, a little ingenuity goes a long way.

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  • Composting Connoisseur: Transform those kitchen scraps and garden waste into a luxurious fertiliser! Invest in a discreet, aesthetically pleasing compost bin and turn waste into a beautiful resource for your homegrown haven.
Spread the word
  • Be a Wildlife Detective: Seek solace in nature – explore local wildlife reserves or simply observe your own garden. Note sightings of interesting creatures, particularly any endangered species. Report these sightings to local wildlife trusts or conservation organizations, providing valuable data for their efforts.
  • Tech savvy: There are fantastic citizen science apps for your phone, like iMammalia and INaturalist allowing you to contribute to conservation efforts from the comfort of your home. Discreetly log bird sightings or identify wildflowers, becoming a crucial contributor without needing to be in the public eye.
  • Have Conversations: Engage your friends, family, and acquaintances in thoughtful conversations about endangered species. Share interesting facts you’ve learned and subtly encourage them to make small changes in their own lives. This quiet influence can have a profound ripple effect.
  • Curated Social Media: Use your social media presence with discretion. Share compelling articles, beautiful photographs of endangered species, and elegant tips for conservation. Tag relevant organisations and use relevant hashtags like #EndangeredSpeciesDay and #ProtectOurPlanet. Let your passion shine through! shine through.
Donate your resources
  • Small Donations: Even the smallest of contributions can make a difference. Research reputable organisations working on endangered species conservation like WWF and consider a donation or sponsoring an animal at your local Zoo.
  • Volunteering: While some volunteer opportunities may be hands-on, others offer a more refined experience, utilising all manner of skills. Research organisations that offer volunteer roles like data analysis, grant writing, or even fundraising events that resonate with your skillset.

I really hope this blog post has helped you appreciate that everyone can help and contribute towards the reduction of endangered species and help to promote Endangered species day, and help save our planet.

Together, in little ways, we can save our planet from extinction