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  • Intensive Agriculture Causes Pollinator Declines

    Research has found that intensive croplands in tropical regions are driving declines of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Sustainable practices in both urban and agricultural areas are essential if we are to prevent these losses and protect our food crops.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th June 2021
  • Turtle Migration Mystery Solved

    North Pacific loggerhead turtles’ years-long oceanic journeys remain poorly understood. Using data from satellite tracking and other techniques, scientists reveal a unique phenomenon that may explain the endangered migrants’ pathway.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th June 2021
  • Black Bears Protect Grey Foxes

    New research shows that the presence of black bears may protect grey foxes from predation by coyotes. Grey foxes were more likely to be in areas populated by black bears, however when the bears hibernate, the coyotes move in and the grey foxes move out.

    By Alex Taylor on 16th June 2021
  • Species Can Be Saved in Fraser River

    The Fraser River Estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction – species who are relied upon by many people who live in or near the ecosystem for their livelihoods. A new study brings hope that it’s not to late to save them all.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th January 2021
  • Ghost Fishing Threatens Species

    Surveys along the length of the River Ganges, alongside interviews with local fishermen, have revealed that waste fishing gear is posing a serious threat to many species. A system that would provide fishermen to recycle their nets could be effective at preventing entanglement.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th January 2021
  • Understanding Long-term Stressors on Koalas

    The Australian icon, the koala, is facing extinction due to bushfires and habitat loss. However, impacts of these stressors over the long-term has not been known. A recent study has shown that this species is facing a significant impact of human population growth and that conservation action must be taken.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th January 2021
  • Surprising Rise of China’s Leopard Population

    Populations numbers of the North Chinese leopard are on the rise. Clearing of habitat and poaching has reduced numbers in the past, but forest on the Loess Plateau has been restored which has caused prey to return, and likewise the big cats.

    By Alex Taylor on 8th January 2021
  • Wildcats Recover But Remain Threatened by Domestic Cousins

    European wildcats have recolonised part of their former territory in the Jura mountains of Switzerland. However, models of interactions between them and domestic cats show that hybridisation will result in the true wildcat species being lost in just a few hundred years.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th January 2021
  • Extinctions in the Black Forest

    Rising temperatures and longer dry spells caused by climate change have already caused two species of plant to go extinct in the bogs of the Black Forest in Germany. Should conditions remain unchanged, scientists believe that ten more species will disappear by 2045.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th January 2021
  • Murrelets Require Marine and Terrestrial Conservation

    Two decades of surveys of marbled murrelets on the west coast of the United States shows that these elusive seabirds are impacted by changing ocean conditions and the loss of old forest. Conservation actions must, therefore, take into account factors that influence both marine food resources and terrestrial nesting habitat.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th January 2021