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Tracking re-invasion of mice on offshore havens

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Tracking re-invasion of mice on offshore havens

Scientists highlight the importance of biosecurity as a study in Journal of Applied Ecology shows how easily pests can reinvade islands.

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Bee neighbourly: sharing bees helps more farmers

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Bee neighbourly: sharing bees helps more farmers

The benefits of cost-sharing the conservation of wild bee habitats on agricultural lands, especially in nearby farming communities, can help overcome the tragedy of the commons.

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The forgotten fauna: introduced seed predators are no surrogate for extinct seed-eating animals on islands

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The forgotten fauna: introduced seed predators are no surrogate for extinct seed-eating animals on islands

A new study led by Dr Jo Carpenter has shown that it’s not just the loss of mutually beneficial species like pollinators or seed disperses that have a severe impact on island ecology, the loss of “negative” interactions such as destroying seeds or parasitism is also important.

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Lianas strongly impact forests in southern Amazonia

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Lianas strongly impact forests in southern Amazonia

A team of Brazilian and British scientists has uncovered the extent to which trees across the southern edge of the Amazon are infested by woody climbing plants and the impact they have on the forests.

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Insect diversity boosted by combination of crop diversity and semi-natural habitats

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Insect diversity boosted by combination of crop diversity and semi-natural habitats

To enhance the number of beneficial insect species in agricultural land, preserving semi-natural habitats and promoting crop diversity are both needed, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society’s Journal of Applied of Ecology.

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How fish stocks will change in warming seas

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How fish stocks will change in warming seas

New research out today highlights the future effects of climate change on important fish stocks for south-west UK fisheries.

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Childhood connection to nature has many benefits but is not universally positive, finds review

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Childhood connection to nature has many benefits but is not universally positive, finds review

Children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it, but this connection is complex and can also generate negative emotions linked to issues like climate change.

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Indigenous leadership gets best results for wildlife translocations

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Indigenous leadership gets best results for wildlife translocations

Wildlife translocations will have better results if they are led, or genuinely co-led, by Indigenous peoples. That’s the premise of a recently published paper in People and Nature by researchers at the University of Canterbury and South Island environmental practitioners.

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Shark “sea lanes” need protecting

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Shark “sea lanes” need protecting

Scientists have found sharks face increased danger when moving between protected reefs, and they’ve recommended shark “sea lanes” be protected as well.

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Lemon sharks – live fast, die young

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Lemon sharks – live fast, die young

New research published in Journal of Animal Ecology demonstrates that lemon sharks exhibit different personalities and these can determine the course of life.

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Indigenous people vital for understanding environmental change

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Indigenous people vital for understanding environmental change

Rutgers-led research shows how local knowledge can help manage ecosystems and wildlife.

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Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

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Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds

New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do.

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When landscapes change, conservation strategies must change as well

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When landscapes change, conservation strategies must change as well

New research published in Journal of Applied Ecology explores the complex ways agriculture impacts biodiversity. Looking at Gran Chaco, a global deforestation hotspot, researchers find that trade-offs between agriculture and biodiversity change when the landscape changes, with species responding differently to the same level of agricultural intensity, depending on how much forest is left.

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Debate needed on the potential culling of generalist predators such as crows and foxes to protect Europe's declining ground-nesting birds

Debate needed on the potential culling of generalist predators such as crows and foxes to protect Europe's declining ground-nesting birds

Further studies and debate are needed on the potential culling of generalist predators such as crows and foxes as a means of protecting Europe's ever declining number of ground-nesting birds.

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Snowshoe hare carcasses feed more then the usual suspects, study shows

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Snowshoe hare carcasses feed more then the usual suspects, study shows

Scientists document 24 different species scavenging snowshoe hare carcasses in the Yukon.

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