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Diverse forests are best at standing up to storms

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Diverse forests are best at standing up to storms

Forests that are most resilient to storms have a greater diversity of tree species and are dominated by slow growing species.

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AI tool helps ecologists monitor rare birds through their songs

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AI tool helps ecologists monitor rare birds through their songs

Researchers have developed a new deep learning AI tool that generates life-like birdsongs to train bird identification tools, helping ecologists to monitor rare species in the wild.

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Research on coral reefs is biased, according to new study

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Research on coral reefs is biased, according to new study

How is academic colonialism affecting publishing about coral reefs?

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Loud music festivals could reduce bat activity in some species by nearly 50%

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Loud music festivals could reduce bat activity in some species by nearly 50%

Loud music playback alone at UK music festivals is enough to cause significant disturbance to bats.

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New coral reef restoration approach utilises common investment strategy

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New coral reef restoration approach utilises common investment strategy

Just like forest restoration, coral reef restoration requires more than just fast growing species.

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Warming climate could turn ocean plankton microbes into carbon emitters

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Warming climate could turn ocean plankton microbes into carbon emitters

New research finds that a warming climate could flip globally abundant microbial communities from carbon sinks to carbon emitters, potentially triggering climate change tipping points.

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Welcoming our new BES journal Associate Editors

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Welcoming our new BES journal Associate Editors

The British Ecological Society journals are delighted to announce 148 new Associate Editors who have joined the Editorial Boards following our latest open call.

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Cambridge wildflower meadow boosts biodiversity, says new study

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Cambridge wildflower meadow boosts biodiversity, says new study

Examining the effects of planting a wildflower meadow in the historic grounds of King’s College, Cambridge

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Lockdowns revealed the British wildlife most at risk of becoming roadkill

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Lockdowns revealed the British wildlife most at risk of becoming roadkill

Researchers find that badgers, foxes and pheasants benefitted the most from reduced traffic traffic UK lockdowns.

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Light pollution threatens moths, according to new study

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Light pollution threatens moths, according to new study

How can light pollution affect a caterpillar's transition into an adult moth?

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Double-anonymous peer review reduces reviewer bias, finds three-year trial

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Double-anonymous peer review reduces reviewer bias, finds three-year trial

A trial of double-anonymous peer review addresses possible biases and seeks to improve equity in publishing.

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Plantation design features to increase pollination

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Plantation design features to increase pollination

A new collaborative study explores how to improve pollination using plantation design techniques

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Cephalopod food system sustainability improvements

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Cephalopod food system sustainability improvements

Researchers explain how the IPBES framework can be used to address sustainability within the cephalopod food system.

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High-intensity fires do not reverse bush encroachment in new long term study

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High-intensity fires do not reverse bush encroachment in new long term study

A decade long study from South African National Parks examines the use of high-intensity fires to reverse bush encroachment

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Bird migratory movements predicted by new model

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Bird migratory movements predicted by new model

New predictive model allows scientists to anticipate migratory patterns within bird species.

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