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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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Participation in citizen science camera trap project dramatically increased school children’s knowledge of UK mammals

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Participation in citizen science camera trap project dramatically increased school children’s knowledge of UK mammals

Children who participated in a citizen science project called MammalWeb, used camera traps to detect wildlife visiting their schools..

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Badger behaviour inside the cull zone

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Badger behaviour inside the cull zone

ZSL study shows survivors of culls cover 61% greater areas potentially increasing risk of transmission to cattle.

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Call for experts: Invasive species

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Call for experts: Invasive species

Are you an invasive species expert? We need your help!

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The hunger gaps: how flowering times affect farmland bees

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The hunger gaps: how flowering times affect farmland bees

Variation in farmland nectar supply creates seasonal hunger gaps for pollinators.

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Eureka! Family focused ecology for British Science Week

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Eureka! Family focused ecology for British Science Week

Do you remember the moment that sparked your passion for science? That time as a bright eyed youngster when your jaw dropped with awe at the wonders of the natural world?

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Few MPs attend the first climate change debate in two years - the whole story?

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Few MPs attend the first climate change debate in two years - the whole story?

Reflections from a BES policy intern, on the recent Westminster climate change debate

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Hen harriers and red grouse: Finding common ground in a persistent conflict

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Hen harriers and red grouse: Finding common ground in a persistent conflict

Conflicting management views between hen harrier conservationists and red grouse shooting organisations in England.

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Scientists take to Twitter to study flying ants, starling murmurations and house spiders

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Scientists take to Twitter to study flying ants, starling murmurations and house spiders

The retrospective analysis of social media has been used widely to detect earthquakes or political sentiment, but not so much in ecological research.

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Defining and delivering resilient ecological networks in England

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Defining and delivering resilient ecological networks in England

What would a resilient network look like and how can it be assessed?

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Exploring the science behind the food we eat

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Exploring the science behind the food we eat

A science exhibit at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham.

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Exhibition: Regarding Nature

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Exhibition: Regarding Nature

In the wake of BES founder Sir Edward James Salisbury, who documented the topography and coastal plants in Norfolk in the early 20th Century.

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The presence of invasive grey squirrels causes increased chronic stress in native red squirrels

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The presence of invasive grey squirrels causes increased chronic stress in native red squirrels

How grey squirrels compete with native red squirrels in Great Britain and Italy.

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Securing the natural environment for future generations

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Securing the natural environment for future generations

A timely symposium organised by the British Ecological Society and the UK’s statutory nature conservation agencies.

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Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit Consultation

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Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit Consultation

Help the BES respond to the Defra consultation on “Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit".

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