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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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Losing the cover of darkness

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Losing the cover of darkness

Study shows advances in street lighting are reducing the efficacy of coastal species’ camouflage.

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Protecting our most threatened and vulnerable: What does the future hold for the Wildlife and Countryside Act?

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Protecting our most threatened and vulnerable: What does the future hold for the Wildlife and Countryside Act?

Changes to the Act have raised concerns that some threatened British species may lose important protection.

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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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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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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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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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British Ecological Society awarded Green Recovery grant to connect school children with nature

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British Ecological Society awarded Green Recovery grant to connect school children with nature

BES project awarded £248,700 from the UK Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

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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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Pioneering research reveals gardens are secret powerhouse for pollinators

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Pioneering research reveals gardens are secret powerhouse for pollinators

Home gardens are by far the biggest source of food for pollinating insects, including bees and wasps, in cities and towns, according to new research.

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Researchers make ‘high vis vests’ to help monitor bee behaviour

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Researchers make ‘high vis vests’ to help monitor bee behaviour

Researchers have been trialling low-cost ways to monitor bees by dressing them in high visibility vests.

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Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain may not deliver the desired outcomes for nature

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Mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain may not deliver the desired outcomes for nature

England’s proposed mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain requirement for new developments might not deliver on promises to increase biodiversity, according to new research

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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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