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Fish in warming Scottish seas grow faster but reach a smaller size

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Fish in warming Scottish seas grow faster but reach a smaller size

Researchers have found new evidence that global warming is affecting the size of commercial fish species, documenting for the first time that juvenile fish are getting bigger, as well as confirming that adult fish are getting smaller as sea temperatures rise.

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Research shows IdentiFlight camera technology greatly reduces wind turbine eagle fatalities

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Research shows IdentiFlight camera technology greatly reduces wind turbine eagle fatalities

New research finds that using IdentiFlight, an automated computer vision system that shuts off wind turbines when it detects eagles, can reduce eagle fatalities by 82%.

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Happy 10th Birthday SPG!

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Happy 10th Birthday SPG!

The Scottish Policy Group (SPG) are Celebrating 10 Years! As part of our virtual celebrations were doing a series of blogs style interviews.

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Installing bird nest boxes improves pest control in cider apple crops

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Installing bird nest boxes improves pest control in cider apple crops

Researchers encourage farmers to abandon chemical pesticides and adopt this effective, cheap and environmentally friendly measure.

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Eyes reveal life history of fish

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Eyes reveal life history of fish

Eye-popping research helps inform salmon and floodplain management. 

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Coronavirus: information on BES activities in 2021

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Coronavirus: information on BES activities in 2021

The latest information on our events and activities during the coronavirus pandemic and links to helpful resources

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Large mammals make soil more fertile in tropical forests

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Large mammals make soil more fertile in tropical forests

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Changes in ecosystem properties after postfire management strategies in wildfire affected Mediterranean forests

Changes in ecosystem properties after postfire management strategies in wildfire affected Mediterranean forests

New research into Mediterranean forest fires finds that postfire management treatments can be effective in promoting multifunctionality and plant diversity.

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New research reveals the resilience of Scots pine trees to drought

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New research reveals the resilience of Scots pine trees to drought

The effect of extreme drought on Scots pine trees has been examined, which could have implications for climate change efforts across the world.

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Micro-climate moulds northern insect communities, herbivory and predation

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Micro-climate moulds northern insect communities, herbivory and predation

New research explores how micro-climate shapes each level of the ecosystem to reveal how climate change may drastically reshape northern ecosystems.

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Lactating grizzly bears use cooling baths to avoid heat stress

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Lactating grizzly bears use cooling baths to avoid heat stress

Grizzly bear mothers in Yellowstone National Park take cool "baths" to avoid overheating.

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Win-win for wind energy and eagles

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Win-win for wind energy and eagles

Researchers develop new tool that allows wind turbine developers to minimise risk of collisions with eagles.

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Survival of the thickest: Big brains make mammals populations less dense

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Survival of the thickest: Big brains make mammals populations less dense

Mammals with big brains tend to be less abundant in local areas than those with smaller brains, new research has shown.

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SPG Workshop at the Festival of Ecology 2020

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SPG Workshop at the Festival of Ecology 2020

The Scottish Policy Group (SPG) held a workshop on Understanding and Engaging with Policy at the Festival of Ecology last week.

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Climate warming linked to tree leaf unfolding and flowering growing apart

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Climate warming linked to tree leaf unfolding and flowering growing apart

Climate warming is linked to a widening interval between leaf unfolding and flowering in European trees.

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