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WHAT IS A HABITAT?

Animals come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colours, classified as ‘species’.  Each animal species lives in, or ‘inhabits’ a place that provides what it needs to survive, such as nourishment, shelter, an appropriate climate, space and an opportunity to meet potential mates. The area that provides all these essentials is an animal’s ‘habitat’.

Plants and animals are found in many different places throughout the world.  They may inhabit: land or water; hot, dry deserts or the icy Antarctic; underground or the high branches of a tropical tree; mountain tops, the bottom of the deep ocean or the surface of a pebble in a shallow stream.  Each living thing – or ‘organism’ - is suited to thriving in its particular habitat.

 

 

ARCTIC TUNDRA

Frozen regions within the Arctic Circle where it is dark for up to half of the year. Read more

 

 

TEMPERATE WOODLANDS

Woodlands where most trees are ‘deciduous’, growing leaves in spring and losing them in autumn. Read more

 

 

SAVANNAH GRASSLANDS

Hot, dry grassy plains that often support large numbers of grazing herd animals. Read more

 

 

TROPICAL RAINFORESTS

Hot, damp forests that provide homes for more species of plant and animal than any other place on earth. Read more

 

 

DESERTS

Some of the hottest and driest places on earth.  Only a few species are able to survive in these conditions. Read more

 

 

SEAS & OCEANS

Bodies of salt water that cover 60% of the planet’s surface. Read more

 

 

LAKES, RIVERS & STREAMS

Fresh water habitats that cover only 10% of the earth’s surface.
Read more

 

 

HEATH AND MOORLANDS

Flat land covered mostly with heather. A habitat created and managed by people.  Read more

 

 

MOUNTAINS

Varied habitat that generally has a warmer climate at the bottom and colder climate at the top.  Read more

 

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