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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

WWF hits out at CITES closed door ivory talks

WWF hits out at CITES closed door ivory talks

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:29:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

WWF, the wildlife charity, says the decision by the body which monitors illegal trade in endangered species to close the doors on its discussions over the ivory trade risk harming the body's credibility.

WWF hits out at CITES closed door ivory talks

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:09:23 GMT by Kieran Ball

The WWF is reporting that the Irrawaddy dolphin population in the Mekong river is on the verge of extinction. Irrawaddy dolphins could disappear from the Mekong river if action is not taken soon. That's the message from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), having conducted 11 studies of dolphin populations in the area between 2007 and 2010.

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

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Conservation and Reintroductions

Posted Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster

Posted Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:41:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Biodiversity Progress Today

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:36:00 GMT by JW Dowey

No Bryde's for the future?

Posted Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:18:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:16:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Posted Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:53:11 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

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

Whales are wailing (in Faroes and Puget Sound)

Posted Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tiger, tiger, burning less bright

Posted Wed, 15 May 2013 12:40:29 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sustainability of land use, or lack of it

Posted Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:06:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Save the old men of the forest to house the forest's young

Posted Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:24:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Bluefin Tuna dispersal tracked for the first time

Posted Thu, 24 May 2012 18:24:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Satellites help save warblers' forest homes

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

New hammerhead shark species in danger

Posted Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:46:09 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sharks and marine turtles in trouble around the world

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:14:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

The Ochre Dingo

Posted Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:14:52 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Coral reef fish saviours?

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:34:03 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling; Sea Shepherd to resume whale defence

Posted Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:14:00 GMT by Lucy Brake