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GCN Task Force update

Friday, 20 February 2015 17:39 [ Conservation and policy ]

The Great Crested Newt (GCN) Task Force is an initiative instigated by Defra a couple of years ago, with the aim of improving intelligence on GCN status in the UK, whilst supporting the sustainable development agenda. There are several parallel workstreams, each involving a committee to... Read more...

 

Communicating biodiversity to farmers

Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:07 [ Conservation and policy ]

We came across this interesting European agricultural nugget on CIEEM's ePolicy update this week: "Communicating biodiversity to farmers:... Read more...

 

Tackling wildlife crime in the UK

Sunday, 17 August 2014 11:15 [ Conservation and policy ]
World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for the Protection of Animals) has been in the press in the past week. They published a Read more...
 

HLF boost to treasured landscapes

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 19:28 [ Conservation and policy ]

The NewForest was among nine precious landscapes in Britain to receive £21 million in Heritage Lottery Fund money. The Hampshire bational park will receive an HLF grant of £2.9m, including £161,000 of development funding. Read more about it here in the Read more...

 

Back from Caribbean turtle-watching!

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 09:06 [ Conservation and policy ]

CGO Ecology has been busy lately. A recent highlight was visiting the Caribbean islands of Trinidad & Tobago, where we were honoured to be guests of sea turtle conservation charity SOS Tobago - Save Our Sea Turtles Tobago. Program Manager Giancarlo Lalsingh took us to see their excellent... Read more...

 

EU announcement on pesticide threat to honey bees

Sunday, 20 January 2013 11:32 [ Conservation and policy ]

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that neonicotinoid pesticides are dangerous to honey bees, and should not be used on crops that are attractive to them. The Parliament UK website quoted the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley MP, as... Read more...

 

Mayflies under threat of extinction in Ireland

Saturday, 19 January 2013 13:37 [ Conservation and policy ]

Ireland's National Biodiversity Data Centre has announced a new red list of Irish maflies, produced in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Northern Ireland Environment Agency. It assessed threats to all 33 species of Irish mayflies. Six are categorised as under threat of... Read more...

 

Scottish beavers well established in Tayside

Saturday, 19 January 2013 13:33 [ Conservation and policy ]

According to a press release by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), around 146 beavers are now established in about 40 family groups in the Tayside region of Scotland. They originated from accidental escapes or deliberate releases around 2006.

The Tayside results come from surveys in 2012... Read more...

 

Rotan threat to GCNs proven in Russia

Saturday, 10 November 2012 12:09 [ Conservation and policy ]

Work by Russia researcher Andrey Reshetnikov has shown that an invasive fish - the rotan, Perccottus glenii - can severely affect European amphibian populations. Rotan effectively deplete amphibian larvae in their breeding ponds, except for the noxious common toad (Bufo... Read more...

 

Boar cull begins amid badger furore

Sunday, 30 September 2012 10:02 [ Conservation and policy ]

The national furore over the planned badger cull is gaining momentum, and there are serious concerns on all sides that peaceful protest and objection might spill over into violent confrontation. While all this is happening, another cull is quietly going ahead: that of 100 wild boar in the Forest ... Read more...

 

Adders cause a parliamentary question!

Monday, 05 March 2012 18:30 [ Conservation and policy ]

Britain's only venomous snake, the adder (Vipera berus), has often been in the news over the last year or so. Fears over its apparent decline have raised media attention across the UK, but rarely does a lowly reptile precipitate such fuss as a parliamentary question and a note in... Read more...

 

Upton Heath fire - reptile rescue update

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 21:10 [ Conservation and policy ]

The following is from Steve Davis of Dorset Wldlife Trust:

"The volunteering support for the reptile rescue has been simply astounding. I put out a call for volunteers over the weekend to join us at the Wildlife Centre to assist in walking the site. This was picked up by various... Read more...

 

Devastating fire destroys Upton Heath

Friday, 10 June 2011 07:53 [ Conservation and policy ]

One of Dorset's largest heaths was almost completely destroyed by fire yesterday. According to the internet and TV reports, it seems like one of the biggest heath fires ever. Estimates in the afternoon said it was 100 hectares and spreading fast, with 20 appliances and 200 firefighters. But by... Read more...

 


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Susan Ross, Frankham Farm, Ryme Intrinseca

 



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