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BES response to the UK's Environment Improvement Plan

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BES response to the UK's Environment Improvement Plan

The British Ecological Society welcomes commitments made Environment Improvement Plan to give everyone access to natural space within fifteen minutes’ from their home.

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Understanding China's political will to further conservation and sustainability

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Understanding China's political will to further conservation and sustainability

A study about China's government shows the role of political will in the future of our world

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Frog pathogen has different impacts on species according to new study

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Frog pathogen has different impacts on species according to new study

A new meta-analytic study investigates the lethal pathogen causing biological disruption for frog species worldwide.

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Touchscreen device proves useful for studying wild primates

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Touchscreen device proves useful for studying wild primates

A new study explores the use of touchscreen devices in experiments conducted on wild primates, with the aim of reducing the need for captive animals.

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New study explores the integration of wildlife and denser populations in urban planning

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New study explores the integration of wildlife and denser populations in urban planning

How we can make our cities work better for people and wildlife? TNC researchers challenge assumptions on the merit of green spaces in our communities.

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How Ireland’s smallest mammal, the pygmy shrew, is quietly and quickly disappearing from our landscape

How Ireland’s smallest mammal, the pygmy shrew, is quietly and quickly disappearing from our landscape

The pygmy shrew is disappearing from Ireland because it is being outcompeted for insect food by the recent arrival of the invasive greater white-toothed shrew.

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Farmland bird populations bounce back when farms devote 10% of their land to nature-friendly measures

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Farmland bird populations bounce back when farms devote 10% of their land to nature-friendly measures

RSBP researchers monitored the responses of farmland bird populations to different agri-environment scheme implementation levels.

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Paying farmers to create woodland and wetland is the most cost-effective way to hit UK environment targets, study suggests

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Paying farmers to create woodland and wetland is the most cost-effective way to hit UK environment targets, study suggests

Incentivising farmers to put aside farmland for nature could cut taxpayer costs in half, while delivering for climate, biodiversity, and food production targets.

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Research reveals which animals perceive time the fastest

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Research reveals which animals perceive time the fastest

New research reveals that the animals that perceive time the fastest are those that are small, can fly, or are marine predators.

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BES response to the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

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BES response to the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Negotiations at the Convention on Biological Diversity's COP15 drew to a close in the early hours of this morning, with countries agreeing on a new deal to protect nature, the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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New research uncovers hidden long-term declines in UK earthworms

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New research uncovers hidden long-term declines in UK earthworms

New research suggests significant and previously undetected declines in UK earthworm abundance could have occurred.

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Green transformation day held at Durham primary school

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Green transformation day held at Durham primary school

The British Ecological Society (BES) held a ‘green transformation’ day at Laurel Avenue Primary School in Durham.

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Capturing Ecology 2022 – Winning Images Announced

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Capturing Ecology 2022 – Winning Images Announced

Captured by international ecologists and students, this year's winning images tell a powerful story about the intricacies of nature, and our relationship with the natural world.

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Planet’s most unique birds at higher risk of extinction

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Planet’s most unique birds at higher risk of extinction

A new study finds that bird species with extreme or uncommon combinations of traits face the highest risk of extinction.

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Warmer temperatures are linked to mismatch among forest plants

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Warmer temperatures are linked to mismatch among forest plants

In response to warming temperatures, some taller plants are advancing their leafout timing which could lead to declines in native wildflowers as they flower or leaf out later and therefore receive less sunlight for photosynthesis in the spring.

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