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'Paper reserves' need fleshing out for China's flora to blossom

'Paper reserves' need fleshing out for China's flora to blossom

Posted Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A plan to put right the house of cards that is China's current approach to plant conservation, is outlined in September's issue of BioScience. The authors, 2 of whom are from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, say without the implementation of their 7-point plan, much of China's plant-species wealth could be put under threat.

'Paper reserves' need fleshing out for China's flora to blossom

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

Posted Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:22:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Forest elephants survey in the Cote d'Ivoire. Forest elephants in Cote d'Ivoire are still under threat from poaching despite a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory, a new WWF study has revealed. Researchers initially set out to determine the numbers of forest elephants in Cote d’Ivoire's Tai National Park.

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Posted Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:23:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Britain's loudest bird is making a comeback. A relative of the more commonly seen grey heron, the highly secretive bitterns spend most of their time hidden in reed beds, making them incredibly difficult to survey by sight alone. Luckily for scientists, male bitterns have a unique booming call which they create by filling their gullets with air and then releasing it.

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Wildlife and farmers - should we share or spare?

Wildlife and farmers - should we share or spare?

Posted Thu, 01 Sep 2011 18:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A paper out in Science suggests that both conservation and farming could benefit by living separately - while still being good neighbors. Sharing the same land in a more mixed landscape, by contrast, appears to leave wildlife and food harvests worse off in the long run, the team from the University of Cambridge and the RSPB conclude.

Wildlife and farmers - should we share or spare?

Finned sharks found washed up on New Zealand's coast

Finned sharks found washed up on New Zealand's coast

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:05:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

An anti-shark finning group is appalled at the mutilation of baby sharks discovered on New Zealand's beaches this week. Two people came across around 200 finless baby sharks washed up at Owhanake Bay, Waiheke Island, which is one of the many islands in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Finned sharks found washed up on New Zealand's coast

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:18:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have good news about one of the world's rarest crocodiles. Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles have hatched in a zoo in Lao PDR, representing a significant step in the successful conservation of this species.

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

International deal on whale sanctuaries

International deal on whale sanctuaries

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:20:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Whales range across the oceans paying no heed to international boundaries, so a new deal between American and French Caribbean sancturies is good news for migrating humpback whales. Humpbacks travel more than 3,000 miles between the two safe havens, which will now better coordinate their conservation work and study the threats the majestic mammals face.

International deal on whale sanctuaries

How wolves could save threatened lynx species

How wolves could save threatened lynx species

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:43:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The loss of top predators has had unintended consequences for other species argues new reseach which says that wolves can help balance coyote and lynx populations. The Canada lynx was listed as a threatened species in 2000 after decades of decline cause by loss of food and changes to its habitat.

How wolves could save threatened lynx species

US landowners key to wildlife projects

US landowners key to wildlife projects

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:28:00 GMT by John Dean

United States landowners have a key role to play in the protection of endangered American wildlife. That's one of the key messages to come out of the recent award by the US Government of $53m in grants to wildlife projects.

US landowners key to wildlife projects

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:13:40 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Common Agricultural Policy needs reform if declines in farmland bird species are to be halted says the RSPB. The Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme surveyed 145 common European bird species in 25 countries between 1980 and 2009 and farmland birds were the most at risk species with their numbers at an all time low.

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:43:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Farming and protecting ecosystems go hand-in-hand, say researchers. Agroecosystems combine the two goals for a sustainable future. Can farmers double their production while protecting ecosystems? Absolutely, say researchers from the International Water Management Institute and the United Nations Environmental Programme.

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

England's national biodiversity plan

England's national biodiversity plan

Posted Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:44:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

The UK government have published a strategy to halt biodiversity decline by 2020, in order to fulfil their commitment under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The strategy includes some ambitious and wide-ranging goals, but are these appropriate?

England's national biodiversity plan

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:49:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

New arrivals are crowding out native British species around the UK's coast says a marine charity which is enlisting the public to help map the extent of the invasion. The Marine Conservation Society has launched a Marine Non-native Species ID Guide to help spot these invaders so it can build up a picture of the extent of the influx.

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Botum Sakor National Park: A threatened haven of biodiversity

Botum Sakor National Park: A threatened haven of biodiversity

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:08:00 GMT by Elise M. S. Belle

Situated near the south-western border of Cambodia, at the foot of the Cardamom Mountain range, Botum Sakor National Park provides an astonishing diversity of plant and animal species. However, this extraordinary biodiversity is now severely threatened by a range of anthropogenic disturbances, especially illegal logging.

Botum Sakor National Park: A threatened haven of biodiversity

Otters are the comeback kings

Otters are the comeback kings

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 08:57:00 GMT by Laura Brown

The return of otters to every county in England is a mark of healthy waterways, say conservationists. Thirty years ago their numbers had declined by a staggering 95%. Now, thanks to a generation of conservation work tending to rivers and waterways, the otter population has seen a dramatic boom returning to every county in England.

Otters are the comeback kings

'Happy Feet' goes online for Antarctic return

'Happy Feet' goes online for Antarctic return

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A penguin found thousands of miles off course in New Zealand will be tracked online as he returns to the deep south. 'Happy Feet', a juvenile Emperor Penguin, was washed up on Peka Peka beach close to Wellington in June, around 3,000 miles from where he should have been.

'Happy Feet' goes online for Antarctic return

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Green turtles need help

Posted Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Stork Renaissance

Posted Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Good news for newts' DNA

Posted Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:00:00 GMT by Penny Bunting

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

Posted Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:55:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Greening our oceans?

Posted Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Simply red (squirrel) is better

Posted Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:38:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Condors are in California, but for how long?

Posted Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:29:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Save the Congo chimpanzee!

Posted Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:49:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chitwan shines, but the railway threatens

Posted Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:31:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Dodo relative lives, but only just!

Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Broad Coalition Supports Recovery of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Posted Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:20:33 GMT by Natalie Hummel

Rarest of gorillas, the Cross River gorilla, is fighting back

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Experts argue over future of 'Happy Feet' penguin

Posted Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Conservation mission to save petrels on Henderson Island underway

Posted Tue, 05 Jul 2011 18:38:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Does de-extinction stink?

Posted Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:26:30 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Gray wolves lose protection in US states

Posted Fri, 06 May 2011 09:26:00 GMT by John Dean

The resilience of Hawaiian reefs suggests a real opportunity for conservation

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:36:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Concern for shark populations in conservation report

Posted Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:46:01 GMT by John Dean

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Posted Tue, 21 Jun 2011 07:56:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Danger signals for the future of turtles

Posted Tue, 22 Feb 2011 13:36:00 GMT by Michael Evans