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Biodiversity: Track 1

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What is biodiversity and why does it matter? How can everyday observations and online databases help to increase our knowledge about the diversity of species? On this album, Jonathan Silvertown, Professor of Ecology at The Open University, presents a guided tour of iSpot, a nature website that gives anybody and everybody a chance to share their observations and learn more about wildlife. In the audio track, Professor Silvertown describes his work in South Africa, protecting the delicate ecosystem of a unique heath-land habitat called 'fynbos'.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 15 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 23rd February 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Environmental Studies
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Track 1: Biodiversity

An introduction to this album

© The Open University 2009

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Biodiversity    An introduction to this album Play now Biodiversity
2 iSpot    A guided tour of the key features of, showing how people of all ages can contribute to this database of biodiversity. Play now iSpot
3 Fynbos, a floral kingdom    Silvertown introduces some of his latest projects, in particular how eco hydrology can improve the water supply to communities in the Cape of South Africa. Play now Fynbos, a floral kingdom