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Opportunities for Implementing Biodiversity Net Gain in Scotland

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Opportunities for Implementing Biodiversity Net Gain in Scotland

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Saving your data together helps bird research

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Saving your data together helps bird research

Researchers publish the first scientific paper from the SPI-Birds network, a large‐scale initiative connecting data on wild populations of birds.

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New knowledge on how climate affects pendulous lichens in northern forests

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New knowledge on how climate affects pendulous lichens in northern forests

Research from Umeå University explains how traits in pale lichens allow them to thrive in wet climates.

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Bumblebee queens migrate for hundreds of kilometres

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Bumblebee queens migrate for hundreds of kilometres

New research shows that bumblebee queens don’t always remain in the same place, but cover distances up to hundreds of kilometres.

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How top predators and fisheries can survive on the same prey

How top predators and fisheries can survive on the same prey

New research determines the amount of prey required for marine top predators to thrive, improving fisheries management.

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Crayfish ‘trapping’ fails to control invasive species

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Crayfish ‘trapping’ fails to control invasive species

Despite being championed by a host of celebrity chefs, crayfish ‘trapping’ is not helping to control invasive American signal crayfish, according to new research by UCL and King’s College London.

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change, say scientists

Butterfly species that mostly rely on finding shade to keep cool are at a greater risk of population decline due to climate change and habitat loss.

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Managing energy balance through lactation

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Managing energy balance through lactation

Recently published research in Journal of Animal Ecology explores how grey seal mothers maximize their chances of successfully rearing pups during an ‘energetic fast’.

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BES response to the UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report

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BES response to the UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook report

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How fish stocks will change in warming seas

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How fish stocks will change in warming seas

New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.

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Debate needed on the potential culling of generalist predators such as crows and foxes to protect Europe's declining ground-nesting birds

Debate needed on the potential culling of generalist predators such as crows and foxes to protect Europe's declining ground-nesting birds

Further studies and debate are needed on the potential culling of generalist predators such as crows and foxes as a means of protecting Europe's ever declining number of ground-nesting birds.

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Wild bees depend on the landscape structure

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Wild bees depend on the landscape structure

A Research team led by University of Göttingen finds flower strips, organic farming and small crop fields combine to encourage bees and hoverflies.

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Research shows recovering pine marten population benefits red squirrels, but the grey squirrel still poses a problem in urban areas

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Research shows recovering pine marten population benefits red squirrels, but the grey squirrel still poses a problem in urban areas

Research led by Queen’s University Belfast has found that whilst red squirrels are responding positively to the increased presence of the pine marten across Ireland and Britain, its ability to control the grey squirrel is limited by the lack of forest cover and the presence of urban refugia.

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Lack of insects in cities limits breeding success of urban birds

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Lack of insects in cities limits breeding success of urban birds

Urban insect populations would need to increase by a factor of at least 2.5 for urban great tits to have same breeding success as those living in forests.

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How does an increase in nitrogen application affect grasslands?

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How does an increase in nitrogen application affect grasslands?

Researchers at the University of Bern share the first results of the largest biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiment in Switzerland

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