World Wetlands Day 2014

Celebrate World Wetlands Day, February 2nd!  It marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, on February 2, 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

Did you know that the United Kingdom has the largest number of sites, such as the Thames Estuary and Marshes, designated under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands – 169 sites covering 1,276,852 hectares? Another exciting option for visitors is the London Wetland Centre in the Barnes area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

There are also polar wetlands in both the Arctic and Antarctica. These wetlands form for a few days to weeks in the summer season and are home to microorganisms such as blue-green algae that can withstand the harsh weather conditions.

If you’d like to get involved, you can participate in a video competition on Vine, share the reports of your World Wetlands Day activities and view other reports on an interactive map. You can also learn more about this year’s theme, “Wetlands and agriculture”.

To find a list of designated and proposed Ramsar sites in the UK and Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies visit the Joint Nature Conservation Committee website.