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Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:07 [ Invasives and non-natives ]

Ok so it's a rhetorical question, but it raises an important point: there are undoubtedly some alien invasives here that we don't know about yet. Non-native invasive species are here, and here to stay; so we need to be pragmatic about how to deal with them.

Not all non-natives are...

Saturday, 22 December 2012 23:03 [ Birds ]

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has published a series of 'average population density' maps on its website, showing the number of individuals per square kilometre for 49 common species of bird.

The density distribution follows an intuitive pattern for most species, but there... Read more...

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 16:32 [ Meetings and events ]

Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group (CRAG) has announced that it will host the next Southwest regional ARG-UK meeting, on Sunday 3 March 2013.

The venue will be Cornwall College Newquay, and CRAG will be assisted by the Students' Invasive Non-Native Group (SINNG) to organise the... Read more...

Friday, 07 December 2012 11:15 [ Legislation and planning ]

According to web sources, Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs has communicated the Government's intention to legislate against the sale of 'blacklisted' non-native invasive species. This follows a lengthy consultation... Read more...

Wednesday, 05 December 2012 18:12 [ Invasives and non-natives ]

This is the Australian landhopper or woodhopper Arcitalitrus dorrieni (an amphipod crustacean). It is not native to the UK, but has become increasingly established over the last century or so. It lives in deciduous or mixed leaf litter, and can be confused with native springtails. There ... Read more...

Monday, 26 November 2012 13:07 [ Molluscs ]

We're engaged in lots of non-marine mollusc work at the moment; some of it relating to professional projects; some of it simply in the name of voluntary biological recording. Winter is a time for compiling all those species records collected throughout the year, and sending them off to the... Read more...

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 19:31 [ Molluscs ]

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced its intention to a carry out a survey of freshwater pearl mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera) across Scotland. It is currently seeking tenders from suitably-qualified contractors, to perform the survey in 2013 and 2014.

Freshwater...

Monday, 19 November 2012 13:36 [ Meetings and events ]

The Southeast England regional meeting of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the United Kingdom (ARGUK) held at Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire, on Saturday 17 November 2012 was a great success.

The meeting attracted 90 participants, and comprised a series of speakers and discussions.... Read more...

Saturday, 10 November 2012 15:52 [ Amphibians ]

Australian researchers have shown for the first time that the advanced stages of chytridiomicosis in amphibians can be completely cured using fungicide and electrolyte therapy.

The research team, led by Sam Young at the Amphibian Disease Ecology Group, James Cook University in... Read more...

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...

Friday, 09 November 2012 22:09 [ Training and accreditation ]

IEEM - the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management - has announced that it is on track to gain the royal seal of approval. The Institute has applied for Royal Charter status which would improve its professional standing, and add weight to the credentials of its members.

The...

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:55 [ Research and discussion ]

The Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG-UK) and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) have each announced research grant schemes coordinated by the respective organisations.

The ARG-UK Research Fund will award small grants up to £300 for projects studying native herpetofauna ... Read more...

Friday, 02 November 2012 23:57 [ Legislation and planning ]

The following news is taken from the Fera website.

The European Food Safety Authority has recently published an opinion Read more...

Friday, 02 November 2012 20:47 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has announced a six-year contract to enhance biological recording in the UK. 

The contract awarded to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) will support biological recording, analysis and interpretation, with the aim ... Read more...

Friday, 02 November 2012 11:12 [ Meetings and events ]

From the Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland website,

Saturday 17 November 2012 - Regional all day meeting at Bournemouth, Dorset, joint with the Bournemouth
Natural Science Society at its...

Thursday, 18 October 2012 14:07 [ Molluscs ]

CGO Ecology has won a contract with Caledonian Conservation Ltd to provide mollusc surveys of four Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in Scotland.

The sites - Alvie, Cairngorms, Crathie Wood, and Eastern Cairngorms - will be surveyed during 2013, by sampling a range of... Read more...

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...

Monday, 17 September 2012 13:27 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology has been instructed by Scottish environmental consultancy IKM Consulting Ltd (Grangemouth, Stirlingshire) to perform a reptile survey of the Waverley Line (Borders Rail) project in September 2012.

The Waverley Line originally opened in 1849, and ran from... Read more...

Friday, 07 September 2012 16:57 [ Meetings and events ]

The annual Scientific Meeting of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the British Herpetological Society has been scheduled for Sunday
9th December 2012, 0930-1700, Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39
Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3NS.

The current speaker...

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 08:53 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology has just been instructed by IKM Consulting Ltd to perform a reptile survey on the 50km route of the former Waverley Line railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank. This major project, led by BAM Nuttall Ltd working for Railtrack, will see the long-awaited re-opening of this iconic... Read more...

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