Welcome to 26 Habitats!

You can explore the website by clicking on any of the habitats on the homepage or by exploring our recent posts.

26 and the climate emergency

26 is a not-for-profit organisation for writers and anyone who believes in the power of words. Many of us work with words for a living – as business writers, authors, journalists, communication specialists, poets and designers – but we welcome anyone who cares about words and writing.

26 was founded in 2003 by seven writers who wanted to champion the importance of words in all aspects of life. We chose the name 26 because there are 26 letters in the English alphabet – the DNA of language.

Today, there is no issue more urgent than the climate emergency. Which is why, between September and November 2021, more than 70 of our members – from the UK and New Zealand – came together to create a body of work that highlights the extraordinary diversity of habitats on our planet and to explore what we, as part of that ecosystem, might lose if we lose them.

About 26 Habitats

Last year we partnered with The Wildlife Trusts for a project called 26 Wild. Our members wrote about endangered species in the UK and it became clear to us that most of the problems with vulnerable wildlife were caused by human degradation of natural realms and habitats.

So we agreed that habitats should be the focus for 2021’s project. The Wildlife Trusts selected 26 habitats distinctive to the UK and 26 writers visited one of the habitats and penned a poem of exactly 100 words, called a centena and an essay.

Graphic designer and 26 member Lydia Thornley contributed beautiful illustrations for each habitat.

About The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts are making the world wilder and helping to ensure that is nature part of everyone’s lives. It is a grassroots movement of 46 charities with more than 850,000 members and 38,000 volunteers. No matter where you are in Britain, there is a Wildlife Trust inspiring people and saving, protecting and standing up for the natural world. With the support of its members, it cares for and restores special places for nature on land and runs marine conservation projects and collects vital data on the state of our seas. Every Wildlife Trust works within its local community to inspire people to create a wilder future – from advising thousands of landowners on how to manage their land to benefit wildlife, to connecting hundreds of thousands of school children with nature every year. 

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