NW England firefighters urge caution over moorland fires risk

Fire and rescue services from the north west of England are joining forces to issue warnings about wildfires in their areas. As schools break up...

‘Agricultural revolution’ in Anglo-Saxon England sheds new light on medieval land use

Researchers from the University of Leicester will be shedding new light on how an ‘agricultural revolution’ in Anglo-Saxon England fueled the growth of towns...

New green infrastructure framework “is an opportunity to brighten millions of lives”

With one in three people – around 9.4 million households - lacking easy access to nature (and the huge health and wellbeing benefits that...

Historic marshalling yard rejuvenated by biodiversity improvements

A former marshalling yard located in Feltham, London, owned by South Western Railway (SWR) has been rejuvenated as a result of the biodiversity improvement...

Public urged to keep watch for tree pest oak processionary moth

The Forestry Commission has (on 11 May) urged the public to report sightings of oak processionary moth caterpillars. We are now entering the greatest...

Europe a step closer to protecting deep sea from bottom trawling

The European Union (EU) Fisheries Council agreed in early November to support measures to limit destructive deep-sea fishing, in particular to prohibit bottom trawling...

Gardens are secret powerhouse for pollinators, says research

Home gardens are by far the biggest source of food for pollinating insects, including bees and wasps, in cities and towns, according to new...

Rudolf is coping with climate change better than feared – for now

The North Pole is not what it once was. The Arctic is the area on the globe where temperatures are rising the fastest. On...

Is it time to start engineering plants?

A special issue of the journal PLOS Biology explores synthetic biology and other approaches to improving the climate resilience and carbon capture potential of...

River diversions may cause microplastics to remain longer on land and in streams before...

Diverting streams and rivers to irrigate crops or provide drinking water may significantly extend the time microplastics spend in river catchments before they flow...

Plankton will store more carbon as Earth’s climate warms

The amount of carbon stored by microscopic plankton will increase in the coming century, predict researchers at the University of Bristol and the National...

A clean ocean by 2030: UN panel charts “the most direct course”

Experts’ “Clean Ocean Manifesto” includes an integrated ocean debris observing system Reducing marine debris by 50-90% and introducing a system of globally-distributed hi-tech monitors are...

Report profiles “the next alien invaders to threaten nature and economies in Scotland”

Raccoons, muntjac deer, plants that cause flooding, and mussels that clog up water pipes are among the new problem species that are likely to...
Beaver

A timely return

Beavers are set to recolonise the UK. Northumbria University Associate Professor in Ecology Mike Jeffries looks at the impact their reintroduction could have on wildlife and flood prevention

Dam good reading for beaver aficionados

Whilst a decision on the future of beavers in Scotland is still awaited, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is celebrating the release...

MPA fisheries decision signals new era for Scottish seas

On 21 December environmental organisations welcomed an announcement from the Scottish Government on managing fishing within Scotland’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs). The...

Photobioreactors assist with examining algal blooms

Scientists at the John Innes Centre are using automatic photobioreactors from algal specialists Algenuity to look more closely at algal blooms – a phenomenon...

“Radical” rhetoric of farming reform promising, but lack of details and urgency still puts...

On 6 January, the Government announced further details on two new schemes for rewarding farmers in England for producing food sustainably, while supporting nature’s...

Using mussels to clean up microplastics: UK laboratory trials nature-based solution

Scientists at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) have launched a series of in-situ trials of what they describe as a unique microplastic clean-up method using...

Appraising stressors on rivers’ ability to perform ecological functions

An essential ecosystem service of streams and rivers is their natural self-purification service. This can be assessed based on ecological functions such as nutrient...