The Galway County Biodiversity Project is highlighting the importance of water and watery places for people and nature by launching a short film aimed at community groups working on projects in or near water, and providing useful resources on the Project's Facebook page and website.
Water is a hugely important resource for all living things. Waterbodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, canals and ditches) and wetlands (e.g. peatlands, marsh, swamp and wet grassland) are invaluable habitats for wildlife. Watery places and wetlands often support multitudes of plants, invertebrates, fish, small mammals and birds.
Wetlands help protect water quality (by acting like filters intercepting any nutrients and pollutants before they enter waterbodies) and many wetlands (particularly those fringing rivers and streams) form buffers against flooding during periods of high rainfall.
Wetlands also enhance the water-retaining capacity of catchments during dry spells. Wetlands and watery places are often beautiful places that enhance our landscapes and are nice places to walk, birdwatch or paddle as well as wonderful places to enjoy nature.