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Biodiversity — What on earth is it?

Do we understand enough about biodiversity? In a special interactive exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff, come to find out why we need biodiversity and how it can help us face today’s challenges, such as climate change and feeding the world.

Biodiversity is life on Earth. This one word describes the variety of all living things - plants, animals and microbes, and all the places where they are found. This variety provides us with our needs – food, medicine, fuel, clean air and water. But it also brings us things that we don’t want – superbugs that are resistant to conventional antibiotics, invading alien plants and potential new killers like bird flu.

Understanding biodiversity is essential. If we know how biodiversity works, we can make more sustainable decisions about land use and conservation of species.

This unique exhibition runs until April 23 and is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the science behind biodiversity. The exhibition is supported by special workshops and resources for schools, so why not come and discover what the Museum’s biodiversity scientists get up to in Wales and around the world and make biodiversity work for us.

Amgueddfa Cymru — National Museum Wales is the new name for the National Museums & Galleries of Wales, which administers seven national museums across Wales: National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans: National History Museum, National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon, Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, National Wool Museum, Dre-fach Felindre, National Slate Museum, Llanberis and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

Entry to all Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales sites is free, thanks to the support of the Welsh Assembly Government.

For further information please contact: Siân James, Press & Public Relations Officer
National Museum Cardiff
02920 573185 / 07970 016058