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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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New research shows that current national red squirrel conservation strategies likely to undermine species survival in future

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New research shows that current national red squirrel conservation strategies likely to undermine species survival in future

Red squirrel conservation strategies in the UK and Ireland, that favour non-native conifer plantations, are likely to negatively impact red squirrels.

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Urban gardens are a dependable food source for pollinators through the year, study suggests

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Urban gardens are a dependable food source for pollinators through the year, study suggests

Gardens in cities provide a long and continuous supply of energy-rich nectar from March to October.

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The sky’s the limit: Using airborne DNA to monitor insect biodiversity

The sky’s the limit: Using airborne DNA to monitor insect biodiversity

Scientists at Lund University have discovered for the first time that it is possible to detect insect DNA in the air. This offers scope for exploring a whole new way to monitor terrestrial biodiversity.

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Newly discovered fish songs demonstrate reef restoration success

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Newly discovered fish songs demonstrate reef restoration success

Whoops, croaks, growls, raspberries and foghorns are among the sounds that demonstrate the success of a coral reef restoration project.

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Ecological knowledge of local populations more accurate than 10 years of conventional scientific monitoring

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Ecological knowledge of local populations more accurate than 10 years of conventional scientific monitoring

The ecological knowledge of local populations proved to be more accurate than 10 years of conventional scientific monitoring for animal abundance in the Amazon

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Invasive ants can threaten ecosystems by damaging plants at the roots

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Invasive ants can threaten ecosystems by damaging plants at the roots

New study reveals how big-headed ants disrupt photosynthesis and plant growth.

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Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

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Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

Diseases affecting different UK tree species have shown to have a multiplying effect on the loss of associated biodiversity.

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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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A reef in two gears: new patterns of coral recovery discovered

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A reef in two gears: new patterns of coral recovery discovered

Damaged coral reefs show slower than expected recovery for up to six years before switching to a faster phase of regrowth.

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Large wild herbivores reduce the fast biodiversity decline of plants in a tropical forestry hotspot

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Large wild herbivores reduce the fast biodiversity decline of plants in a tropical forestry hotspot

A 10 year experiment in Brazil's Atlantic Forests finds that areas where large herbivores are present show lower loss of biodiversity than areas they're excluded from.

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An “evolutionary rescue route” towards coexistence of competitive plant species

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An “evolutionary rescue route” towards coexistence of competitive plant species

New research establishes a novel mechanism for the coexistence of competing flowering species.

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Unite solutions to climate and biodiversity crises to save life on earth, says ZSL-led study

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Unite solutions to climate and biodiversity crises to save life on earth, says ZSL-led study

Landmark research led by ZSL climate and biodiversity experts concludes that both global emergencies must be tackled in unison.

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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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