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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

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:37:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Tuna and billfish are among the most economically important species in our seas, however, they are also suffering at the hands of overfishing and according to the first study of its kind on global populations, seven species are now 'threatened' by fishing.

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:27:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

A camera trap study spanning three continents and seven countries has taken some 52,000 images, allowing a rare glimpse into the lives of some of the world's most endangered mammals. The study has made it clear that habitat loss and fragmented forests are detrimental to the survival of many species.

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

Posted Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:22:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A British environmental charity says that China's regulated trade in legal big cat skins provides the perfect cover for those engaged in dirtier practices. The EIA has written to the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao to urge action to match pledges made on tiger conservation.

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Keep your eyes peeled for the leatherback turtle this month in the UK, says the Marine Conservation Council - and let them know about your sightings. These monstrous paddlers are most common in the UK's waters at this time of year, as they follow the jellyfish swarms northwards.

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Chile has banned the practice of shark-finning which costs up to 73 million sharks their lives each year. Shark fins are usually sold to the Far East, where they are made into shark fin soup. The toll on some of the ocean's biggest and baddest predators can be terrible - they are often de-finned before being dumped, still alive, back into the sea.

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Go down to the woods

Go down to the woods

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is encouraging the British public to celebrate the cultural and natural heritage of forests and woods, Jessica Allan highlights the importance of their campaign. In global climate change; trees act as carbon sinks, so their loss increases the amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere.

Go down to the woods

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:47:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Scientists from the University of California have thrown new light on how invasive species can affect local ecosystems, even after their removal from the environment. The Kudzu Vine, Brown Tree Snake, the Common Carp, Garlic Mustard and the Blue Mussel - just a few of hundreds of invasive species threatening ecosystems across the planet.

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Dams damned by court ruling on saving Snake River salmon

Dams damned by court ruling on saving Snake River salmon

Posted Wed, 03 Aug 2011 17:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

An endangered species of salmon are not being given adequate protection by the American government a court has ruled. Delighted conservation, fishing and tribal groups now want action they say will save the salmon species and provide thousands of jobs.

Dams damned by court ruling on saving Snake River salmon

Eradicating domestic cat populations for wildlife protection on Christmas Island

Eradicating domestic cat populations for wildlife protection on Christmas Island

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:43:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

Cats in the Australia shire of Christmas Island are now legally required to be de-sexed, tattooed, and micro-chipped for registration and further importation is no longer permitted. This is considered to be the first step in controlling the long-term impact of stray and feral cats for the protection of local wildlife.

Eradicating domestic cat populations for wildlife protection on Christmas Island

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Watch the whale population in Norway!

Posted Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Blue Shark life and death in the Azores

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Another extinct cetacean?

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Ant eater lovers wanted

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Diverse worlds of animals and plants disappearing

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Gorillas see tourists by appointment

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Sea change in Europe is slow

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The magnificent meanderings of Lightning McQueen

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Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:50:00 GMT by John Dean

Alien invasion of the Antarctic

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:04:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

Human activity threatening unique Antarctic marine ecosystem

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Fish Competition within Degraded Coral Reef Ecosystems

Posted Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:40:42 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Bluefin tuna at 'risk of collapse' without drastic action

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

We may witness the end of the Canadian seal trade

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:21:58 GMT by Dave Collier

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

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