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Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ideas surrounding the origins of domestic animals have recently been clarified, but the largest domestic, the camel, was an elusive prey, hiding in a small corner of the UAE. The discovery that these few wild ancestors contributed all of the domestic stock is historically and economically fascinating. Consider how useful this one species has been to people (and even explorers) living is the semi-desert and scrub around every African, Asian and other deserts. When supplies and even water were lacking, the camel was there for us!

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Islands and their biodiversity

Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new theory on why we have such biodiverse islands, while some are literally desert has been long in coming, but it’s here.

Islands and their biodiversity

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

We don’t know whether captive breeding or supplementary feeding should be the answer for what has been a successful programme for the bearded vulture or lammergeier. The answer is in this paper which tries to establish exactly how the future should be for this unique species, in both Europe and Central Asia.

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

We have mentioned the state of the great river frequently, but the Mekong generally becomes more dammed and less likely to provide for its people and wildlife. However, good news cannot be ignored in this case and it is really cheering to hear of 3 calves born during this dry season in the freshwater stretches of the river. There is hope that the other populations, in Bangladesh and Myanmar, for example, are also being protected as well as this.

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Let me count the ways. How much do we really love the forest? Do we still have that need to go out there and do the wilderness like a latter-day John Muir. The topical attitude may have to change, whether you are young or old, if the only forest is too young. Without attendant animal and plants, the whole show looks very bare and won’t work anyway! Here in Poland, the last big woodland habitat in Europe may be about to be exploited in a 19th century fit of unilateral decision-making.

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Why should we put up with crime syndicates who blatantly remove even well-known wildlife from their habitat, with rarity almost the profit motive. With less-known animals and plants, one of our major weapons, tho’ I can think of others, is awareness that if these nations sell anything to us, we must all stop all possible trade. That is the only way forward. The alternative is to accept a return to the purest of ancient trade beliefs: profit before everything!

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

When can cod and tuna finally be left to produce a viable population? Without science, it is highly improbable we would have any left. In the Pacific, the situation is that less industrial fishing leaves locals to decide just how they like their fish and chips.

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Wildlife deserves better strategies for survival, habitat protection and breeding checks.

Wildlife deserves better strategies for survival, habitat protection and breeding checks.

Posted Sat, 05 Mar 2016 10:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

From cougars to tree frogs and tiger to elephant, we protect the wild from many threats. It is not only orangutans that are affected by lack of planning and knowledge in wildlife reintroductions. The situation on the ground and in the labs that unearth genetic mistakes is made clear with painstaking research. The future could leave us with little wildlife in Africa, SE Asia or in fact, anywhere, unless the planning is logical and forward-looking.

Wildlife deserves better strategies for survival, habitat protection and breeding checks.

New Species of Rafflesia for Philippines.

New Species of Rafflesia for Philippines.

Posted Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Plants such as Rafflesia spp. are closest to the Euphorbias, but literally stand out as amazing examples of evolution to attract insects for pollination and mammals for dispersal. We take off our hats, and place it round our noses to a plant that parasitizes and almost paralyses us, and perpetually pleases flies!!!

New Species of Rafflesia for Philippines.

Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Posted Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The joy of mutualism is in forever finding new connections although in this case, we should have listened to the seers at least as long ago as 1653. Many crows and their relatives hoard food n activity known as scatter-hoarding. Even the giant of the family, the raven, has been recorded as encouraging the limited tree growth in isolated patches of almost-Arctic Shetland. No wonder the Norse regarded the species as among the gods.

Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Posted Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whatever you think of deadbeat species or lost causes, the kakapo certainly isn’t one of them. This year may see an upturn in their fortunes finally after years of dedicated effort on New Zealand’s islands in the cold, unfruitful and uninspiring situations we have placed this bird in.

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Rare cats can be counted

Rare cats can be counted

Posted Sat, 02 Jan 2016 10:41:08 GMT by Dave Armstrong

If a beast can barely be found, is it extinct, rare or just shy!. This is increasingly a great challenge for biologists who have to conserve habitat, yet somehow discover what lives in it. The niches available in any given environment offer surprising opportunities on occasions, but there is an even larger problem of rapidly decreasing (other) species, and fragmentation of habitat.

Rare cats can be counted

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Posted Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cats, dogs, tigers and sharks, turtles, butterflies and beetles: take your pick. The danger is in every species we know becoming more and more uncommon. Habitat loss varies from wetland draining, damming and forest clearance to marine pollution, ice loss and mountain tourism. The IUCN at least keep us up-to-date on many animals and plants. Beware- you could be losing one of your local favourite species, and you never knew!

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Having a whale of a time

Having a whale of a time

Posted Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:41:33 GMT by Paul Robinson

Science has followed many large mammals recently, in efforts to conserve and understand their habitats and their lives. Now, new modes of migration in humpbacks open up a can of krill for yet more investigations.

Having a whale of a time

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Posted Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:39:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Great research requires a similar amount of attention, as we concentrate on climate change and global warming. One of our most significant assets is the Amazonian forests that absorb more of our carbon dioxide than any other sink. Here is a possible link to the answers we need to preserve this vitally-important function and our own world as we know it.

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Posted Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:14:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

While plastic and chemicals destroys turtles at sea, the nesting sites are receiving much more care now to ensure the rarest species can still slowly reproduce. There are officially none more cared-for than Jumby Bay on an island off Antigua. The private island situation helps, but any extra aid has to count with all critically endangered species that we so often have to save from extinction.

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

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Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Posted Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Posted Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Bat Weekend is Here!

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Lobsters lose out to global warming

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:49 GMT by JW Dowey

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Posted Tue, 24 May 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Conservation is too conservative in the UK

Posted Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:08:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Traditional cork best for biodiversity conservation

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:26:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Forest Elephants Disappear as We Watch

Posted Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:42:39 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How marine reserves impact coral and fish populations

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:12:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

US celebrates American Eagle Day

Posted Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:16:56 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Tuna Dilemma

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Poaching in Kenya to end?

Posted Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:26:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Diverse worlds of animals and plants disappearing

Posted Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rare brown spider monkeys discovered in Colombia

Posted Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:23:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

Posted Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong