News and Opinion

Wildlife and wind farms: Are British gulls staying safe in the winter sun?

Publications  | 

Wildlife and wind farms: Are British gulls staying safe in the winter sun?

New research shows that Lesser Black-backed Gulls breeding in Britain could be vulnerable to collisions with wind turbines whilst on migration and during the winter months as well as during the breeding season.

READ MORE about Wildlife and wind farms: Are British gulls staying safe in the winter sun?
Flowering wild plants to promote beneficial insects in the field

Publications  | 

Flowering wild plants to promote beneficial insects in the field

Research details which flowering plants are used by pollinators and beneficial insects as food sources over the course of the year.

READ MORE about Flowering wild plants to promote beneficial insects in the field
New model predicts Painted Lady butterfly migrations based on breeding sites data

Funding  | 

New model predicts Painted Lady butterfly migrations based on breeding sites data

Researchers from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) have developed a model that allows predicting the migratory movements of the Painted Lady butterfly between Europe and Africa based on data from breeding sites.

READ MORE about New model predicts Painted Lady butterfly migrations based on breeding sites data
eDNA: a new tool to establish invasive species eradication success

Publications  | 

eDNA: a new tool to establish invasive species eradication success

Research published today examined how environmental DNA (eDNA) surveys can be used as a cost-effective method to detect invasive species present at  low densities.

READ MORE about eDNA: a new tool to establish invasive species eradication success
Announcing the 2019 British Ecological Society award winners

Membership  | 

Announcing the 2019 British Ecological Society award winners

The British Ecological Society (BES) announced today the winners of its annual awards and prizes, recognising nine distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

READ MORE about Announcing the 2019 British Ecological Society award winners
Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations

Publications  | 

Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations

READ MORE about Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations
Daisies that close at night have camouflaged petals to protect them from herbivores

Publications  | 

Daisies that close at night have camouflaged petals to protect them from herbivores

Species of daisy that close their flowers at night, produce colour in their exposed lower petals that makes them harder to spot for herbivores, reducing herbivory rates of flowers

READ MORE about Daisies that close at night have camouflaged petals to protect them from herbivores
Single event or epidemic? Mating behaviour and movement patterns influence the dynamics of animal diseases

Publications  | 

Single event or epidemic? Mating behaviour and movement patterns influence the dynamics of animal diseases

Research published in explores how the movement patterns of wild boar influence outbreaks of classical swine fever

READ MORE about Single event or epidemic? Mating behaviour and movement patterns influence the dynamics of animal diseases
Angry birds: loud aeroplane noise causes birds to become aggressive

Publications  | 

Angry birds: loud aeroplane noise causes birds to become aggressive

Aircraft affect chiffchaffs’ ability to communicate with mates and rivals – providing new insight for airport planners and wildlife conservation.

READ MORE about Angry birds: loud aeroplane noise causes birds to become aggressive
British Ecological Society launches large-scale study to test whether ‘blinding’ reduces bias in science publishing

Publications  | 

British Ecological Society launches large-scale study to test whether ‘blinding’ reduces bias in science publishing

A two-year randomised controlled trial in the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology will be the largest of its kind to date to assess whether hiding author details during peer review reduces bias against underrepresented groups in the science publishing process.

READ MORE about British Ecological Society launches large-scale study to test whether ‘blinding’ reduces bias in science publishing
Mosquitoes push northern limits with time-capsule eggs to survive winters

Publications  | 

Mosquitoes push northern limits with time-capsule eggs to survive winters

Asian tiger mosquitoes in northern parts of the United States are rapidly adapting to survive colder winters

READ MORE about Mosquitoes push northern limits with time-capsule eggs to survive winters
Connected forest networks on oil palm plantations key to protecting endangered species

Publications  | 

Connected forest networks on oil palm plantations key to protecting endangered species

Research published in Journal of Applied Ecology suggests more sustainable palm oil can be achieved through connecting areas of high quality forest within plantations.

READ MORE about Connected forest networks on oil palm plantations key to protecting endangered species
Shasta dam releases can be managed to benefit both salmon and sturgeon, study finds

Publications  | 

Shasta dam releases can be managed to benefit both salmon and sturgeon, study finds

The needs of endangered winter-run chinook salmon, threatened green sturgeon and people can be met through optimised water releases into the Sacramento River.

READ MORE about Shasta dam releases can be managed to benefit both salmon and sturgeon, study finds
City parks lift mood as much as Christmas, Twitter study shows

City parks lift mood as much as Christmas, Twitter study shows

A first-of-its-kind study finds that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than they did before their visit

READ MORE about City parks lift mood as much as Christmas, Twitter study shows
Large herbivores increase biodiversity in tropical forests

Publications  | 

Large herbivores increase biodiversity in tropical forests

Joint extinction of tapirs and peccaries leads to reduction in tropical forest diversity, finds 10 year study

READ MORE about Large herbivores increase biodiversity in tropical forests