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Agri-environment measures boost wildlife populations in long-term farm study

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Agri-environment measures boost wildlife populations in long-term farm study

Agri-environment schemes can significantly increase local bird and butterfly populations without damaging food production.

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Agri-Environmental Strategy Could Boost Crop Productivity and Pollination

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Agri-Environmental Strategy Could Boost Crop Productivity and Pollination

Green infrastructure near agricultural land is essential for pollinator conservation and boosting crop productivity.

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Multiple habitats need protecting to save UK bumblebees, finds 10-year citizen science study

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Multiple habitats need protecting to save UK bumblebees, finds 10-year citizen science study

A study using 10 years of citizen science data has found that a variety of targeted conservation approaches are needed to protect UK bumblebee species.

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Rolling wildflower blocks: benefits for biodiversity

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Rolling wildflower blocks: benefits for biodiversity

Rolling wildflower blocks could be the more effective compensation measurement against insect decline than flower strips.

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Restoring tropical peatlands supports bird diversity without impacting livelihoods

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Restoring tropical peatlands supports bird diversity without impacting livelihoods

A new study has found that oil palm can be farmed more sustainably on peatlands by re-wetting the land.

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Research demonstrates value ‘injurious weeds’ can bring to both pollinators and biodiversity

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Research demonstrates value ‘injurious weeds’ can bring to both pollinators and biodiversity

A new study demonstrates that weeds are far more valuable in supporting biodiversity than we give them credit for.

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Bringing out the best in wild birds on farms

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Bringing out the best in wild birds on farms

Natural habitat maximizes the benefits of birds for farmers, food safety, and conservation.

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Study explores how temperate rainforests can aid the fight against climate change

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Study explores how temperate rainforests can aid the fight against climate change

Livestock browsing behaviour is a major determinant of the expansion of UK temperate rainforests.

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Bird-friendly agriculture: finding the right balance to benefit birds and farmers

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Bird-friendly agriculture: finding the right balance to benefit birds and farmers

New research finds that whole-scale farm diversification can promote higher abundances of beneficial birds in farmland.

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Woodland and hedgerow creation will be crucial to support pollinators in Wales

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Woodland and hedgerow creation will be crucial to support pollinators in Wales

The largest survey of pollinator abundance in Wales has found that woodland and hedgerow creation can play a crucial role in action to reverse declines in insects.

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Honeybees’ waggle dance reveals bees in rural areas travel further for food

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Honeybees’ waggle dance reveals bees in rural areas travel further for food

By decoding honeybees’ waggle dances, researchers have found that bees in agricultural areas travel further for food than those in urban areas.

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Researchers calculate the cost of restoring Australia’s degraded ecosystems

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Researchers calculate the cost of restoring Australia’s degraded ecosystems

Researchers propose a AU$41 billion nationwide plan for habitat restoration to prevent species loss.

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Oil palm plantations reshape human hunting

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Oil palm plantations reshape human hunting

New research shows that oil palm plantations in Borneo are not only affecting ecological landscapes, but also social landscapes.

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Farmers help create ‘Virtual safe space’ to save bumblebees

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Farmers help create ‘Virtual safe space’ to save bumblebees

BEE-STEWARD is a decision-support tool which provides a computer simulation of bumblebee colony survival in a given landscape.

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BES response to the UK National Food Strategy

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BES response to the UK National Food Strategy

BES president, Professor Jane Memmott responds to National Food Strategy.

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