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It keeps us alive, improves our quality of life and is increasingly under threat - and yet we so often take the natural world for granted.

In this edition of Environment Matters you can hear ecologist Joe Gray's concerns about the effect of mineral extraction locally on wildlife, St.Albans Green Party member Jill Mills' plea for us to appreciate the services provided by trees and St.Albans RSPB representative Dan Fletcher explains why we should join the Big Garden Birdwatch.