Ecology

  • Wolf Reintroduction in Scotland

    New research on wolf reintroduction in Scotland indicates that for them to be effective at directly reducing red deer numbers and allowing nature to recover in the Highlands, they may need to be reintroduced to very large fenced reserve.

    By Alex Taylor on 29th July 2018
  • Pine Martens Help Control Grey Squirrels

    Pine martens are making a comeback in Scotland, which is suppressing populations of the invasive grey squirrel – this in turn is helping the recovery of the native red squirrel.

    By Alex Taylor on 15th April 2018
  • Forest Reserves Slow Down Global Warming

    Protected areas are reducing carbon emissions from tropical deforestation by a third, and are therefore slowing the rate of global warming, according to a new study.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th December 2017
  • Recovery of Yosemite’s Yellow-legged Frog

    A study shows that after decades of decline (and despite continual exposures to stresses such as non-native fish, disease and pesticides) the frog’s abundance across Yosemite has increased seven-fold.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th November 2016
  • Autumnal Wonders And Where To See Them

    Autumn is a season like no other; one of colour, action and perpetual movement. A season which I cherish above all others, which marks the start of a number of subliminal wild spectacles, as many species begin preparations for the winter

    By James Common on 10th October 2016
  • If young people hope for a greener future, they must act now.

    For every one person that takes a stand for a brighter future, however, it is safe to assume that there are ten that do not. People who do not, necessarily, care any less about the environment than their more vocal counterparts. But fail to act nevertheless. It is these people, in our day of ceaseless ecological ignorance, that we need more than ever.

    By James Common on 21st August 2016
  • A Focus on Black Grouse Declines

    The historic decline of the Black Grouse is well documented. An all too familiar tale of human ignorance, inactivity and the resulting decline of an iconic species.

    By James Common on 9th August 2016
  • The Diet of Otters on the River Petteril

    I posted last week about the dietary habits of the Otter (Lutra lutra). Well, carrying on from this, I thought that I would follow-up with the initial results from a personal study. The extract below is heavily condensed but gives an insight into the diet of otters on the River Petteril, Cumbria.

    By James Common on 24th July 2016