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Invasive species and exotic pets

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The accidental release and escape of exotic pet species into the wild can cause significant problems for biodiversity. It can put additional strain on already threated ecosystems by outcompeting native species, and by spreading disease.  Read More

Hitchhikers, Invasive species and why you should "Check, Clean, Dry"

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Picking up hitchhikers really can be risky. Some pose no problems whatsoever and it was like they were never even there. Others may prove to be very irritating to the point you wish you had been more cautious. Worst of all, you may be unfortunate enough to pick up one that turns out to pose a serious threat. Read More

From ornamental plants to invasive species

Monday, March 26, 2018

In the UK we spend millions of pounds each year purchasing ornamental plants for domestic and commercial landscaping. Although the control of the sale and distribution of invasive ornamental species has been vastly tightened over the past few decades, unfortunately this has not always been the case. Two species that have affected the UK the most are Japanese knotweed, and Himalayan balsam. Read More

Invasive Species Week 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

This is the first article in a series, written by Thomson Ecology, on behalf of Invasive Species Week. This is an initiative which is being run by the NNSS and Defra to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and inspire people to #GetINNSvolved and stop the spread!  Read More

Early Nesting Birds – things to remember

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Although the breeding bird season is usually recognised as March to August inclusive, there have been reports of birds nesting around the UK as early as the start of February. The common crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) is adapted to coniferous forests, and is renowned as an early nester. Its nest is difficult to find as it is usually situated at the top of a tree. Only four records for this species were submitted to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Nest Record Scheme (NRS) in 2016 (Robinson, Leech and Clark, 2017).  Read More

Road pollution in amphibian tunnels

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

A recent study has highlighted the potential pollutant pressures for great crested newts associated with large-scale urban development and road mitigation schemes. (K. J. White et al., 2017). Read More

The future is looking brighter for bees

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A recent study found that 75% of honey bees around the world contain pesticides. The study, published in Science, showed that the contaminated samples, which were gathered from 200 sites around the world, contained pesticides called neonicotinoids.  Read More

Trump Forest – where ignorance grows trees

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It’s impossible to ignore the almost daily news updates about Donald Trump’s latest comments, views and, of course, tweets. One of his most controversial actions so far as President has been his pledge for the US to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.  Read More