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Model way to protect trees

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Model way to protect trees

Oak processionary moth and ash dieback are among the most notorious tree pests and diseases introduced into the UK.

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Severe declines in mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors

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Severe declines in mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors

Mountain hare numbers on moorlands in the eastern Highlands have declined to less than one per cent of their initial levels.

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Tropical birds benefit from more forest by rivers in oil palm areas

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Tropical birds benefit from more forest by rivers in oil palm areas

Protected riverbank habitats within areas of oil palm cultivation can play a key role in reducing the negative impacts on tropical bird numbers.

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Scientists find fish body holds the key to make fishery management cheaper, easier

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Scientists find fish body holds the key to make fishery management cheaper, easier

Study analyzes fishery-monitoring methods to address challenges of managing small-scale fisheries.

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Green sea turtle digging its own watery grave due to invasion of non-native seagrass

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Green sea turtle digging its own watery grave due to invasion of non-native seagrass

Research into how these large grazers influence the expansion of exotic plant species in aquatic systems.

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Research shows pesticides influence bee learning and memory

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Research shows pesticides influence bee learning and memory

Drawing on data from a large number of studies in which bees that had been exposed to pesticides.

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TV coverage of cycling races can help document the effects of climate change

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TV coverage of cycling races can help document the effects of climate change

Trees in Belgium have advanced the timing of leafing and flowering in response to recent temperature changes.

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Climate change linked to potential population decline in bees

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Climate change linked to potential population decline in bees

Two-year field experiment focused on how mason bees in the southwestern United States will respond to a warmer future climate.

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The power of purple - male birds use gaudy colours to warn and defeat rivals

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The power of purple - male birds use gaudy colours to warn and defeat rivals

A new study on the role of the nuptial plumage in competitive interactions among male purple-crowned fairy-wrens.

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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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New research provides 'oases' of hope for the future of coral reefs

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New research provides 'oases' of hope for the future of coral reefs

A new framework for identifying specific coral reefs, “oases,” in the world’s oceans where corals appear to be thriving.

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Rising sea temperatures threaten survival of juvenile albatross

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Rising sea temperatures threaten survival of juvenile albatross

As our oceans are projected to warm, fewer juvenile albatrosses will manage to survive and populations are expected to decline at a faster rate.

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Life in the fast lane: dispersal ability is linked to plants' life cycles

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Life in the fast lane: dispersal ability is linked to plants' life cycles

An international research team analysed hundreds of disparate datasets of plant life‐history strategies.

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Painted lady's roundtrip migratory flight is longest recorded in butterflies

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Painted lady's roundtrip migratory flight is longest recorded in butterflies

A British Ecological Society funded study found that this butterfly species travels an annual distance of 12,000 km across the Sahara Desert.

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The loss of a parent is the most common cause of brood failure in blue tits

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The loss of a parent is the most common cause of brood failure in blue tits

Remaining parent substantially increased its effort to raise at least some of the chicks.

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