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Peregrine falcon diets affected by human activities according to new study

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Peregrine falcon diets affected by human activities according to new study

A UK based team explored the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on peregrine falcon diets

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Hen harrier row could help in other conservation conflicts

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Hen harrier row could help in other conservation conflicts

The long-running row over Britain’s hen harriers could offer lessons for other conservation conflicts.

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Wellbeing benefits of citizen science projects revealed in first of its kind study

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Wellbeing benefits of citizen science projects revealed in first of its kind study

A first of its kind study explores the wellbeing benefits of participating in citizen science

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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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Calling ecologists working in the UK’s Overseas Territories

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Calling ecologists working in the UK’s Overseas Territories

If you are an ecologist working in one of the UK’s Overseas Territories, you could help inform the new UK Overseas Territory Biodiversity Strategy.

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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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Citizen scientists wanted to help record UK’s mammal activity

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Citizen scientists wanted to help record UK’s mammal activity

Citizen scientists are being urged to help chart UK mammal activity so researchers can better understand how animals are coping with ecological challenges such as climate change.

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The BES signs open letter to PM on environmental deregulation

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The BES signs open letter to PM on environmental deregulation

Today the BES has joined 78 Wildlife and Countryside Link organisations in an open letter to the Prime Minister urging her to change the Government's trajectory on environmental deregulation.

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Multiple habitats need protecting to save UK bumblebees, finds 10-year citizen science study

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Multiple habitats need protecting to save UK bumblebees, finds 10-year citizen science study

A study using 10 years of citizen science data has found that a variety of targeted conservation approaches are needed to protect UK bumblebee species.

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Protected areas can be the beating heart of nature recovery in the UK, but they must be more than lines on a map

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Protected areas can be the beating heart of nature recovery in the UK, but they must be more than lines on a map

A report by the British Ecological Society says that the UK government’s 30x30 commitment offers the opportunity to revitalise the contribution of protected areas to nature recovery.

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New research shows that current national red squirrel conservation strategies likely to undermine species survival in future

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New research shows that current national red squirrel conservation strategies likely to undermine species survival in future

Red squirrel conservation strategies in the UK and Ireland, that favour non-native conifer plantations, are likely to negatively impact red squirrels.

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Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

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Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

Diseases affecting different UK tree species have shown to have a multiplying effect on the loss of associated biodiversity.

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Bee flight suffers under temperature extremes

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Bee flight suffers under temperature extremes

Rising temperatures could help some bees fly better, but more frequent extreme weather events could push them past their limits.

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Farmers help create ‘Virtual safe space’ to save bumblebees

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Farmers help create ‘Virtual safe space’ to save bumblebees

BEE-STEWARD is a decision-support tool which provides a computer simulation of bumblebee colony survival in a given landscape.

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BES response to the UK National Food Strategy

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BES response to the UK National Food Strategy

BES president, Professor Jane Memmott responds to National Food Strategy.

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