News and Opinion

Our commitment to address inequalities

Membership  | 

Our commitment to address inequalities

A statement from the Equality and Diversity Working Group of the British Ecological Society expressing support for the Black community.

READ MORE about Our commitment to address inequalities
Research shows recovering pine marten population benefits red squirrels, but the grey squirrel still poses a problem in urban areas

Publications  | 

Research shows recovering pine marten population benefits red squirrels, but the grey squirrel still poses a problem in urban areas

Research led by Queen’s University Belfast has found that whilst red squirrels are responding positively to the increased presence of the pine marten across Ireland and Britain, its ability to control the grey squirrel is limited by the lack of forest cover and the presence of urban refugia.

READ MORE about Research shows recovering pine marten population benefits red squirrels, but the grey squirrel still poses a problem in urban areas
Joining the pandemic response

Membership  | 

Joining the pandemic response

When coronavirus hit the UK, Arron Watson joined the incident response team at the Environment Agency.

READ MORE about Joining the pandemic response
Human presence weakens social relationships of giraffes

Publications  | 

Human presence weakens social relationships of giraffes

Living close to human settlements disturbs the social networks of giraffes. They have weaker bonds with other giraffes and fewer interactions with other members of the species, an international study led by the University of Zurich on the social structure of over 500 female giraffes in Tanzania has shown.

READ MORE about Human presence weakens social relationships of giraffes
Join the BES journals as an Associate Editor

Publications  | 

Join the BES journals as an Associate Editor

READ MORE about Join the BES journals as an Associate Editor
New evidence on bed bug burden in urban neighborhoods

Publications  | 

New evidence on bed bug burden in urban neighborhoods

Researchers at UMass Amherst find more risk of bed bugs in poorer, crowded urban areas.

READ MORE about New evidence on bed bug burden in urban neighborhoods
Be kind to yourself in all the upheaval

Membership  | 

Be kind to yourself in all the upheaval

PhD student Helen Whitehead has faced disruption to her studies, finances and wedding plans thanks to the coronavirus.

READ MORE about Be kind to yourself in all the upheaval
What I learnt from my BES POST Fellowship 2019

Policy  | 

What I learnt from my BES POST Fellowship 2019

READ MORE about What I learnt from my BES POST Fellowship 2019
Education under COVID-19

Education  | 

Education under COVID-19

Kate Howlett, PhD student from the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology, explores whether lockdown has provided an opportunity for increased outdoor learning

READ MORE about Education under COVID-19
Birds, bees and butter – new study underlines importance of biodiversity for crop production and West African livelihoods

Publications  | 

Birds, bees and butter – new study underlines importance of biodiversity for crop production and West African livelihoods

Shea trees are in important crop in Senegal and Uganda and they benefit from bees pollinating their flowers to produce fruit. New research finds that in sites with low tree and shrub diversity, fruit production is severely limited by a lack of pollination.

READ MORE about Birds, bees and butter – new study underlines importance of biodiversity for crop production and West African livelihoods
How lockdown is changing the ecology of our cities?

Membership  | 

How lockdown is changing the ecology of our cities?

With much of the world still under lockdown and people unable to venture far, many of us have been paying more attention to the seemingly more abundant and diverse wildlife on our doorsteps. Rana El-Sabaawi, associate professor of biology at Canada’s University of Victoria considers how our absence is changing the ecology and biodiversity of our cities.

READ MORE about How lockdown is changing the ecology of our cities?
Lack of insects in cities limits breeding success of urban birds

Publications  | 

Lack of insects in cities limits breeding success of urban birds

Urban insect populations would need to increase by a factor of at least 2.5 for urban great tits to have same breeding success as those living in forests.

READ MORE about Lack of insects in cities limits breeding success of urban birds
How does an increase in nitrogen application affect grasslands?

Publications  | 

How does an increase in nitrogen application affect grasslands?

Researchers at the University of Bern share the first results of the largest biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiment in Switzerland

READ MORE about How does an increase in nitrogen application affect grasslands?
Obituary: Lord May of Oxford

Membership  | 

Obituary: Lord May of Oxford

John Lawton and Michael Hassell recall a great scientist, wonderful collaborator and a true friend, following the death of Lord Robert May in April 2020.

READ MORE about Obituary: Lord May of Oxford