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Orcas' Hebridean overture

Orcas' Hebridean overture

Posted Wed, 07 May 2014 07:43:00 GMT by Penny Bunting

In the summer to come, the Hebrides are host to their 9 newly-discovered killer whales. Accompanying them is the Silurian, a magnificent research vessel equipped with specialist equipment to follow the 24 species of whales found off the west coast of Scotland.

Orcas' Hebridean overture

Pacific conservation resurgence

Pacific conservation resurgence

Posted Tue, 06 May 2014 11:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

At last, the Pacific is being reconverted from a plastic waste dump into the original coral island ecosystem we all know it deserves to be. Wake up, the rest of Oceania, and take part in the big oceanscape they are planning in the western ocean.

Pacific conservation resurgence

Rainforest conservation success, so far

Rainforest conservation success, so far

Posted Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

What would you do with Indonesia? All the forest is threatened and multi-nationals insist on logging on. Except for one, that is, and now will they all perform an about-turn and conserve our rainforest species, habitats and futures?

Rainforest conservation success, so far

Poaching in Kenya to end?

Poaching in Kenya to end?

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

Want to protect rhino and elephant? Put your money into drone surveillance and we'll see how many poachers we can catch in Kenya. Trouble is, the Far East may get their supplies elsewhere.

Poaching in Kenya to end?

Sustainability of land use, or lack of it

Sustainability of land use, or lack of it

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

Luc Gnacadja has presented us with a striking and memorable picture of land as we know it, have known and will know it. Agencies and government can argue, but the future is more important than they are. Heeding good advice is the key to slowing this precipitous collapse of our forest areas, soils and agriculture.

Sustainability of land use, or lack of it

Anti-poaching drones: the answer!

Anti-poaching drones: the answer!

Posted Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:40:02 GMT by Julie Cook

How will we prevent the Chinese and other poaching gangs from continuing their greedy and bloodthirsty crimes? The use of military units has already proved useful and suitably adverse conditions for the cowardly crime. Now a semi-permanent eye in the sky will obviously enable more efficient use of rangers and prevent their deaths!

Anti-poaching drones: the answer!

Green turtles need help

Green turtles need help

Posted Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How to provide for indigenous and other peoples with a rare animal as a food source and sustain their diet? (As well as make sure we don’t have another extinction on our hands). A scientific approach is required in the Caribbean, where little seems to be going well for some countries, while others conserve their fauna and flora to make large profits from tourism.

Green turtles need help

Stork Renaissance

Stork Renaissance

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

Stalking the fabulous stork in Britain has been a forlorn experience for a long time. Vagrants and margarine have been the only possibilities, but with a little help from their friends, 2 individuals have literally set up home on a Norfolk chimney and seem primed to produce more 2-meter wing-spanned aliens. These effects of global warming are welcome, perhaps they will recognise the current Sahara sand covering the east of England.

Stork Renaissance

Good news for newts' DNA

Good news for newts' DNA

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

Even the tiniest larva of the threatened Triturus cristatus, (great crested newt) can be detected with eDNA techniques. With this eye-opening research, the smallest invertebrates can be quickly assessed too, giving us great insight into current situations of species.

Good news for newts' DNA

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

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

When is an alien species really alien? Maybe only when it is a critical danger to another species. A new book from a popular author puts forward persuasive and alarming arguments. Camels, eagles, snakes, spiders and influenza virus, wrapped up in invasive packaging.

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

Greening our oceans?

Greening our oceans?

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

After the World Ocean Summit, the long term future is not assured. We can hope that the more positive nations move on aggressively, to combat those people and industries who would violently continue their unthinking habits. Some fishing and eating habits became obsolete when so many species, great and small, started to disappear

Greening our oceans?

Simply red (squirrel) is better

Simply red (squirrel) is better

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

We struggle against invasive species, but sometimes research helps to finally understand what can be done to preserve the status quo. The red squirrel is healthy in Europe and in Scotland, but where pine forests are less common and the grey’s virus can strike, none remain.

Simply red (squirrel) is better

Condors are in California, but for how long?

Condors are in California, but for how long?

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

They used to rule the roost and the skies in North America, with even bigger species of Gymnogyps flying until recently. Now the Californian condors are finding it difficult to eke an existence while they are being poisoned by lead from bullets fired by ranchers, poachers and hunters.

Condors are in California, but for how long?

Save the Congo chimpanzee!

Save the Congo chimpanzee!

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

With discovery comes responsibility. At least we don’t face extinction yet for the chimpanzee. These last great discoveries of the “polluting era” are important in that we can still recover the situation for many species, some of them on their last legs. In the case of our closest relative, we need to motivate, to work hard and even fight to the death for the result that is imperative.

Save the Congo chimpanzee!

Chitwan shines, but the railway threatens

Chitwan shines, but the railway threatens

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

International pressure on African, South American and now Asian nations is growing so that we can retain the prime heritage of biodiverse reserves within each country. Without them, the future is bleak for both species and the industry that relies on natural resources being kept in place. It is simply foolish to destroy what you have for short-term gains. There is a future that has to be considered-something we have rarely done in the past.

Chitwan shines, but the railway threatens

Dodo relative lives, but only just!

Dodo relative lives, but only just!

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

The little dodo is a LARGE pigeon endemic to Samoa, where its toothed beak lets it rip into the fruits of a tree in the mahogany family. It hasn’t been studied scientifically and none are in captivity, so the outlook could be even bleaker than these population estimates suggest!

Dodo relative lives, but only just!

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Dingo rules - both kangaroos and nutrient supplies.

Posted Wed, 10 May 2017 09:39:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild.

Posted Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Primates matter, and this is why!

Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:00 GMT by JW Dowey

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

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

The Battle of the Biomes

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:14:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Botum Sakor National Park: A threatened haven of biodiversity

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

Wedgies rule Australia and, separately, Tasmania

Posted Wed, 30 Oct 2013 07:39:09 GMT by Paul Robinson

One of the world's biggest birds is in grave danger

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:05:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Camels lynx and eagles invade?

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

Tarkine Rainforest in Australia under threat from mining companies

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:13:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

Evidence suggests deforestation of Amazon is slowing down

Posted Thu, 09 Dec 2010 07:00:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Rare brown spider monkeys discovered in Colombia

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

Captive breeding project offers hope for survival of rare tree frogs

Posted Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:06:00 GMT by Emma McNeil

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms

Posted Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:19:01 GMT by Melanie J. Martin