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World Snake Day - July 16th

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

July 16th was World Snake Day! While snakes are threatened by many of the same issues that affect a range of wildlife - habitat loss and fragmentation, road mortality, climate change and disease - persecution and negative attitudes toward snakes may be the biggest barrier to their conservation. To celebrate World Snake Day, read on for a few facts about Great Britain’s native scaly friends..... Read More

Let's celebrate our National Parks!

Friday, July 29, 2016

I’ve had a long-standing relationship with National Parks around the world, having spent most of my summer holidays as a child, and now as an adult, camping and hill-walking in them. Next week is National Parks week and it’s made me think about what they mean to the environment and the people using them. Read More

Does nature have a price?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You may not be familiar with the terms ‘ecosystem services’ and ‘natural capital,’ but they are words that are becoming increasingly present in discussions regarding nature conservation and can cause major divisions in opinion between environmentalists. Read More

Biodiversity now below safe levels, new study shows

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Scientists have estimated that the variety of animals and plants has fallen to dangerous levels across 58.1% of the world’s landmass, and that biodiversity loss is no longer within the safe limit suggested by ecologists. Read More

Ecology of the Mandrare Valley in Southern Madagascar

Friday, July 15, 2016

Madagascar is a fascinating place due to the abundance of plants and animals that are found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and a mere 250 miles off the coast of mainland Africa. However, it remains a largely undiscovered corner of the continent.  Read More

Speedy slugs

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Some of the team were out on a bat survey this week, using the infra-red camera to record bat sightings. Read More

Barn owls benefit from conservation efforts

Monday, July 11, 2016

Barn owls are a popular yet mysterious bird species which, if seen at all, are most likely glimpsed gliding like ghosts over crops at dusk. Their screeches can send shivers down anyone’s spine. They are incredible hunters with huge eyes and sharp talons, yet they have suffered population declines in the UK. This has mainly been attributed to changes in farming practices and possible effects of pesticides such as DDT. Read More