Canada lynx kittens

Related links for ‘Big Picture: Populations’

Our list of the best content on the web on the topic of populations

Don’t forget – if you use any of this in your own research, check the original source and decide if it’s reliable.

Practical fieldwork

See our fieldwork-specific list, which covers sampling and collection and contains advice on investigating specific habitats and animal populations.

Human populations

Impact of population growth and natural hazards
Human population growth and its effect on biodiversity, from the BBC.

Hans Rosling’s statistic-focused site on studying global populations. There’s loads of data, videos and other downloads for you to use to investigate human populations for yourself. 

Don’t panic – the truth about population
Hans Rosling’s BBC programme. 

World population counter

World of 7 Billion
US-based resource for students and teachers on the topic of populations.

World Health Organization fact sheets index
Contains loads of useful information if you’re following up on a specific topic. Fact sheets relevant to this issue include ‘Antimicrobial resistance’, ‘Avian influenza’, ‘Family planning’, ‘HPV and cervical cancer’, ‘Immunization coverage’, ‘Malaria’ and ‘Tuberculosis’.

Demographic information from the UN
Statistics on population size and density, birth and death rates and migration.

Societies and organisations

Bat Conservation Trust

Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland

British Bryological Society

British Ecological Society

British Lichen Society

Field Studies Council

Geographical Association

Mammal Society

Marine Conservation Society

Nuffield Association: Practical Biology


Royal Geographical Society

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS)

Further resources and activities on populations

In addition to ‘Big Picture’, the Wellcome Trust has funded many initiatives that touch on the topic of populations. We’ve pulled together a list for you and identified which educational levels these initiatives are most suitable for.

Lead image:

Litter of lynx kittens.

James Weliver–US Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr CC BY

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Populations’ in June 2014.

Ecology and environment
Education levels:
14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development