World Wildlife Day

It’s UN World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is Listen to the Young Voices. Izzy, Katie and Ryan from ReRoute, Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel, tell us why young voices matter for Scotland’s wildlife as well as sharing their Scottish wildlife favourite fun facts.

Scottish wildlife is something to be proud of! It is important for many reasons – we have rare species and habitats, Scotland’s nature is beautiful and unique, it provides us with many products and commodities, and also attracts tourists which in turn contributes towards our economy.

Young voices are crucial for wildlife and it is so important that they too have a role in protecting and valuing it now and for the rest of their lives. Empowering people early on to care for the environment gives them the confidence to appreciate, manage, conserve and protect it.

In the future we hope for Scotland to become more biologically diverse with communities of people that respect, and are engaged in, the wildlife surrounding  them. We hope more people will understand how everything is connected and why it is important to conserve wildlife. If we are proud of our wildlife we can take action to protect it.

Some of our favourite examples of Scottish wildlife are the Scottish wildcats, pine martens, otters and water voles!

Fun facts for World Wildlife day!

  • Otters hold hands when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.
Two well-grown otter cubs about 6 months old grooming each other on sea shore. ©Chris Gomersall/2020VISION.

Two well-grown otter cubs about 6 months old grooming each other on sea shore. ©Chris Gomersall/2020VISION.

  • Pine Martens can travel up to 20km a day.
  • Pine Marten poo can be blue in summer because of the amount of bilberries they eat.
A pine marten youngster in a pine tree in woodland, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. ©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

A pine marten youngster in a pine tree in woodland, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. ©Mark Hamblin/2020VISION

  • Water voles are very rare but in east Glasgow, many have been discovered living in urban grassland.
  • Water voles eat 80% of their body weight every day.
A captive Scottish wildcat at the Highland Wildlife Park.

A captive Scottish wildcat at the Highland Wildlife Park. ©Lorne Gill

  •  Scottish Wildcats or the ‘Tiger of the Highlands’ is one of Scotland’s most endangered mammals.
  • Wildcats are a very charismatic species, and they are very elusive which makes the thought of seeing one even more exciting! They are also a species which needs our help as there are not many left.

ReRoute is Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel working with Scottish Natural Heritage and Young Scot to involve young people in Scotland’s nature and outdoors. By talking to young people and working with different environmental organisations they hope to engage young people on different topics, issues and opportunities related to Scotland’s amazing nature and wildlife. Find out more about them here.

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