Kingston University Biodiversity Action Group

22-05-2014: International Day for Biological Diversity 2014!

Help celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. The focus for 2014 is Island Biodiversity.

Here are some interesting facts and figures about the importance of island biodiversity:


"One third of the world’s countries are islands"

"Islands constitute less than 5% of the Earth's landmass; yet, islands provide habitat for 20% of all bird, reptile and plant species"

"Islands also harbour more than 50% of the world’s known marine biodiversity"

"Islands have higher extinction rates then mainland areas due to the vulnerability of their endemic flora and fauna, combined with intensive human use of islands"

"64% of all recorded extinctions in the last century happened on islands"

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came into effect in 1993, and the UK is one of the 193 countries who have ratified this convention. All parties to the Convention are encouraged to celebrate and raise awareness of the issues facing our biodiversity and for the UK, Gibraltar is raising the flag and celebrating this day.
While it may not count as islands in the traditional sense, a lot of our green spaces in the urban environment act as islands sheltering species which are often isolated by urban spread.

Why not celebrate the biodiversity that we see in our campus “islands” this today.

Here are a few which we have seen or know to be on our “islands”:

Penrhyn Road: Common frog - Rana temporaria
Tolworth Court Esperia sulphurella
As well as other species which we will be investigating this year, we have this moth at Tolworth Court.

Knights Park and Middle Mill: Eels Anguilla anguilla 
Kingston Hill: Bees J
Roehampton Vale: Fungi species

Dorich House: Fruit trees in flower
If you spot or have spotted anything out and about today, why not share the images with us and email me at If we get enough entries I will do a roundup of the best images and post them in another blog soon J

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