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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!

Riverside vegetation and favoured birds

Riverside vegetation and favoured birds

Posted Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:38:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Ways to improve our environment vary from cutting everything down to leaving corridors for animals and plants to penetrate. This study recommends really trying to encourage riverside vegetation. It achieves the complexity that we miss so often in anthropogenic landscapes.

Riverside vegetation and favoured birds

Lions in deep trouble

Lions in deep trouble

Posted Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How long before we join up the dots and realise that invertebrates, well-known species and the forests and savannah themselves are all going away from us? It's not only the rhino and the elephant that are suffering badly. The same poachers are also causing African catastrophes in many other locations. Help is needed from all of us.

Lions in deep trouble

The Wolf Renaissance

The Wolf Renaissance

Posted Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Many carnivores are in trouble, especially in the oceans and the urban areas of Europe and Asia. The ancestor of our domestic dog is one species that does seem able to bounce back, given some reasonable conditions of a little wilderness and a plentiful supply of deer herds. Good luck, Bouncer!

The Wolf Renaissance

Turtle conservators needed (we mean you)

Turtle conservators needed (we mean you)

Posted Sun, 15 Dec 2013 16:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Protected as they are by soft, hard or leathery shells, you would expect one of our most ancient vertebrates to be safer. But no. The turtles (and the tortoises) are among the most likely to disappear for ever, after 65 million years, at least, on earth. They need help, but quickly, just like many more iconic and obvious species.

Turtle conservators needed (we mean you)

Records of recent conservation in America

Records of recent conservation in America

Posted Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:49:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The empty wildernesses are filling up with corn monoculture once again. The US record for conservation has been good recently, with iconic species saved, but with low human populations, the wolf, the bear and the tiny members of food webs should be able to rest easy in large stretches of their habitat with great National Parks set aside exclusively for them.

Records of recent conservation in America

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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

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

Hope for the Javan Rhino

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:20:01 GMT by Sharon Gill

Britain's great bustards population set to take off thanks to EU funding boost

Posted Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:33:01 GMT by David Hewitt

Global conservation issues for 2011

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:12:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Asian Species in Crisis

Posted Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:31:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Posted Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

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

Sea change in Europe is slow

Posted Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Shark Survival and Human Greed

Posted Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:38:19 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Having a whale of a time

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

Protecting the innocent: Marshall Islands shark sanctuary

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong