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Scientists call for improved management of a weedy tree to protect owl habitat

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Scientists call for improved management of a weedy tree to protect owl habitat

Research shows hat the richness and abundance of birds is much reduced in areas with dense canopies of Pittosporum, an the invasive understorey tree.

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Colombia’s increasing wildfires caused by institutional cattle ranching and land-grabbing

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Colombia’s increasing wildfires caused by institutional cattle ranching and land-grabbing

Cattle ranching and land-grabbing are the key drivers of Colombia’s increasing wildfires, according to local stakeholders.

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BES response to IPBES/IPCC report on biodiversity and climate change

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BES response to IPBES/IPCC report on biodiversity and climate change

Our response to the IPBES and IPCC report on the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

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An exotic herbivore reinforces competition between exotic and native plants

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An exotic herbivore reinforces competition between exotic and native plants

Exotic herbivores may reinforce the negative effects of exotic plants on native plants in high herbivore density environments.

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Managing agricultural biodiversity takes time

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Managing agricultural biodiversity takes time

A three-year research project shows how functional traits drive pollinator and predator responses to semi-natural grassland strips embedded in agricultural landscapes.

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Nature must be a partner, not just a provider of services – Oxford report

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Nature must be a partner, not just a provider of services – Oxford report

Nature based Solutions could support transformative change in environmental sustainability - to address major societal challenges, including the climate crisis

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PWF uses tour vessels to examine the distribution of dolphins in Hawaii

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PWF uses tour vessels to examine the distribution of dolphins in Hawaii

Researchers harness data collected by tourists in Hawaii to examine the distribution of four dolphin species.

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BES response to government plans to tackle the nature and climate crises

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BES response to government plans to tackle the nature and climate crises

Jane Memmott, President of the British Ecological Society, responds to speech by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon George Eustice MP.

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Nature has enormous potential to fight climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK, according to new report

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Nature has enormous potential to fight climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK, according to new report

A new report by the British Ecological Society details how nature can be a powerful ally in responding to the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.

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New report highlights the benefits of bringing nature into our cities

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New report highlights the benefits of bringing nature into our cities

Cooling our streets, reducing air pollution and improving our wellbeing, nature can provide a host of solutions to the issues facing our cities, according to a new report by the British Ecological Society. 

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Study finds rapid evolution in foxgloves pollinated by hummingbirds

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Study finds rapid evolution in foxgloves pollinated by hummingbirds

Researchers have found common foxgloves brought to the Americas have rapidly evolved to change flower length in the presence of a new pollinator group, hummingbirds.

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We don’t know how most mammals will respond to climate change, warn scientists

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We don’t know how most mammals will respond to climate change, warn scientists

There are significant gaps in our knowledge of how mammal populations are responding to climate change.

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Forests on caffeine: coffee waste can boost forest recovery

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Forests on caffeine: coffee waste can boost forest recovery

A new study finds that coffee pulp, a waste product of coffee production, can be used to speed up tropical forest recovery on post agricultural land.

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Wasps share resources on offshore island

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Wasps share resources on offshore island

A study of invasive wasps on an island off the coast of Coromandel Peninsula shows they are able to share resources such as food and habitat instead of competing with each other, a worrying result for conservation.

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Gulls can spread weeds over large distances and between habitats

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Gulls can spread weeds over large distances and between habitats

A new model shows that gulls can disperse weeds over large distances and between different habitats, causing the exchange of weed and alien plant species between agricultural crops and natural areas.

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