What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is a word that refers to all living things. The tiniest insect to the biggest whale, the smallest flower to the tallest tree are all part of the earth’s biodiversity. Ever tiny organisms that you can’t see unless you have a microscope are part of the world’s biodiversity. It is important to remember that we humans are part of biodiversity too.

Every place on earth has its own special biodiversity. Here in Ireland, our biodiversity includes little ladybirds, robins, otters and bats, oak trees and bluebells and lots of other animals and plants. Africa’s biodiversity includes lions, giraffes, zebras and all the other plants and animals found there. In Australia they have their own unique animals like kangaroos and koala bears, while in the Antarctic they have penguins and sea lions.