Australia In Danger Of ‘Loving Beaches To Death’ – By Fostering Conservation We Can Turn The Tide For Wildlife

Source: The Guardian/John Pickrell

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Australia has so many beaches, you could visit a different one every day for 30 years if you chose to – 10,685 around the mainland and Tasmanian coasts alone, according to the University of Sydney’s coastal studies unit.

In fact, when you include all 8,222 islands, the entire coastline stretches over 59,736km – this adds up to a great deal of beaches, rocky coves, cliffs, headlands, estuaries, rock pools, sand dunes and mangroves that provide a habitat for an abundance of wildlife.

Beaches play a significant role in Australia’s national identity, and as 85% of the population lives less than 50km from the coast, these natural resources – and the numerous potential wildlife experiences therein – are close at hand.

“Why is it important to partake in nature experiences along our beaches?” you may ask. Aside from satisfying curiosity about the natural world and whiling away pleasant summer afternoons, the reasons are severalfold.

More than 89% of Australians live in urban areas – one of the highest rates in the world. Engaging with nature in our increasingly urbanised world has been found by researchers to help diminish stress levels and improve physical wellbeing.

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