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Local traditional knowledge can be as accurate as 10 years of scientific transect monitoring of animal abundance in the Amazon

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Local traditional knowledge can be as accurate as 10 years of scientific transect monitoring of animal abundance in the Amazon

New research from a cross-organisational consortium in the Amazon has found indigenous knowledge to be as accurate as scientific transect monitoring.

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Study finds that multi-species grassland mixtures increase yield stability, even under drought conditions

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Study finds that multi-species grassland mixtures increase yield stability, even under drought conditions

In a two-year experiment in Ireland and Switzerland, researchers found a positive relationship between plant diversity and yield stability in intensely managed grassland, even under experimental drought conditions. The results are presented today at the British Ecological Society’s annual meeting in Belfast.

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Participation in citizen science camera trap project dramatically increased school children’s knowledge of UK mammals

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Participation in citizen science camera trap project dramatically increased school children’s knowledge of UK mammals

Children who participated in a citizen science project called MammalWeb, used camera traps to detect wildlife visiting their schools..

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Invest in pollinator monitoring for long-term gain

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Invest in pollinator monitoring for long-term gain

A research team from the University of Reading and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is studying how to improve pollinator monitoring in the UK in a cost-effective manner.

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2019 Annual Meeting Webinars

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2019 Annual Meeting Webinars

The Annual Meeting is just around the corner and in preparation we want to help delegates prioritise, have amazing networking opportunities and avoid burnout.

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Field to Fork Festival: insects and the future of food

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Field to Fork Festival: insects and the future of food

The BES explored the importance of insects for our food at Field to Fork Festival

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Astro-ecology: Counting orangutans using star-spotting technology

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Astro-ecology: Counting orangutans using star-spotting technology

Drones fitted with thermal cameras can detect orangutans and other endangered species.

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When ‘aliens’ attack Antarctica: Terrestrial ecosystems are vulnerable to single introduced insect species

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When ‘aliens’ attack Antarctica: Terrestrial ecosystems are vulnerable to single introduced insect species

An invasive midge species could alter terrestrial ecosystems in Antarctica.

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Using endangered barbary macaques as photo props could have negative impacts on tourism in Morocco

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Using endangered barbary macaques as photo props could have negative impacts on tourism in Morocco

Tourists in Morocco object to the use of barbary macaques as photo props, according to a new study presented at BES2018 today.

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Hurricane Maria gave ecologists rare chance to study how tropical dry forests recover from extreme weather events

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Hurricane Maria gave ecologists rare chance to study how tropical dry forests recover from extreme weather events

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican trees adjusted key characteristics of newly grown leaves.

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Warmer winters threaten UK blackcurrant farming

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Warmer winters threaten UK blackcurrant farming

New research presented at the BES annual meeting suggests milder winters may cause UK blackcurrant crops to flower later in the year and produce less fruit.

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Drones can detect protected nightjar nests

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Drones can detect protected nightjar nests

Ecologists from Cardiff University recently conducted a pilot study at a conifer plantation in South Wales to test the suitability of drones to detect nightjar nest sites.

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"Does a natural capital approach deliver for biodiversity conservation?"

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"Does a natural capital approach deliver for biodiversity conservation?"

Discussing the pros and cons of a natural capital approach at the BES-SPG Pie and a Pint event

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Exhibition: Regarding Nature

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Exhibition: Regarding Nature

In the wake of BES founder Sir Edward James Salisbury, who documented the topography and coastal plants in Norfolk in the early 20th Century.

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Exhibition: Changing Climates - a photographic journey of women in science

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Exhibition: Changing Climates - a photographic journey of women in science

Exploring the personal stories of inspiring women who have travelled to remote places all over the world.

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