If you are looking for some basic information on species and habitats to use as part of your CEPA work, then this page will provide a range of resources that might be helpful. If you need more detailed information, then please check our ‘links’ page which will direct you to more in-depth resources.
WLI mainly focuses on CEPA, so practical habitat and species management will be found elsewhere.
Wetlands cover just 6% of our land surface, but are home to over 40% of the total species. Because of the large variety of wetlands in existence, they can be managed to encourage different types of animal and plant.
Check here for an up-to-date report on Raptors of India from Bharatpur. Also, the Nature Society of Malaysia has produced a factsheet on raptors. The Field Studies Council has produced a pond guide for those looking at micro-organisms in ponds – some great footage of the organisms in action.
If you’re interested in making a pond, then why not try the Freshwater Habitats Trust (formerly PondLife) website? Lots of useful information on how to locate, create and manage the perfect pond for wildlife. For teaching resources on why rivers are important for fish migration, check the New Zealand ‘up the creek’ website. For information on river restoration, try the European River Restoration Centre.
The Queensland Government WetlandInfo website has some great information on wetland management, with background information on ecological processes and management.
For more detailed mangrove information, try the mangrove restoration centre’s website. SPREP (South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme of Ramsar) has also produced a useful fact sheet on mangroves. The Mangrove Action Project is also a great source of information.
Bogs are often undervalued areas of land, but vital for carbon storage and highly adapted species found nowhere else. In Ireland, which has many bogs, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPPC) has some great resources, including schools work, campaigns and factsheets. You can see their Peatland Passport, which shows bogs across Ireland, encouraging people to visit them, and providing background information on why they are important.
For an update on freshwater science, check Freshwater News, produced by Dr Kev Warburton at Charles Sturt University in Australia.