The term biodiversity describes the variety of life on Earth, from micro-organisms to mighty whales, along with the habitats they depend upon. Discover why the world’s biodiversity is under threat and what will happen to us as biodiversity decreases. Also, find out about the problems that come with trying to measure it, and how the Museum’s work is helping in the study and conservation of biodiversity.
Find out about UK biodiversity and how you can help to preserve it by identifying local species, taking part in wildlife surveys, and much more.
What is biodiversity, what are the threats and what is the Museum doing to help conserve biodiversity?
Biodiversity is a fundamental part of the Earth's life support system, without it we would not be able to survive.
The world's biodiversity is under threat from a range of different dangers, the majority of which have been caused by humans.
Watch these videos to find out how Museum scientists are helping to work out how many species exist worldwide and how many are endangered.
Many scientists believe humans are causing a 6th mass extinction. Discover some of the wildlife that humans have tragically driven extinct in the past few centuries, and find out how.
The survival of many species hangs in the balance, brought to the brink of extinction by humans. Find out how conservation efforts are helping and whether it might one day be possible to bring back extinct species.
Watch these videos to find out about international projects attempting to save endangered species, and explore some of the challenges conservationists face.
Scientists at the Museum and in many other research centres are still discovering new species, all of which play a role in the global ecosystem.
The United Nations Decade on Biodiversity will run from 2011 to 2020. Explore issues relating to biodiversity, and find out what's happening in the UK to support the decade and how to get involved.
Follow Museum expert Professor Juliet Brodie as she carries out the first seaweed survey since the 1970s in Blue Anchor Bay along the Bristol Channel. Watch the video.
What will our quality of life be like as species go extinct, human populations continue to grow and resources become scarce?
Discover the Centre for UK Biodiversity. It offers a drop-in identification service, research facilities, and online nature resources. Watch a video and meet the team.
The Natural History Museum supports the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity: