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Fears for wildlife recovery after bushfires as coronavirus crisis stymies scientists’ fieldwork
Monitoring work suspended due to restrictions on travel and physical contact, in a blow for research into threatened species Scientists are being forced to shut down or scale back fieldwork to assess the impact of last summer’s devastating bushfires on threatened species amid the coronavirus crisis, prompting concerns it could affect wildlife recovery.Several […]
Rescuing the Great Barrier Reef: how much can be saved, and how can we do it?
As global heating makes coral bleaching a regular event, scientists are urgently seeking ways to help the world’s biggest reef surviveWhen coral scientist Dr Zoe Richards left the Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island in late January, she was feeling optimistic.Richards is a taxonomist. Since 2011 she has recorded and monitored 245 coral species at 14 locations around […]
Grouse shoots scrapped as heather burning is banned on moors
Torching heather, popular with gamekeepers but bad for the environment, is now outlawed in several upland areas of northern EnglandThe controversial practice of setting heather-covered moorland on fire – often carried out by gamekeepers to create more attractive habitats for grouse – is now banned on more than 30 major tracts of land in northern England. Three […]
Campaigner Craig Bennett joins The Wildlife Trusts at a critical time
New leader joins UK’s much-loved force for nature as charities wrestle with pandemic fallout
Crossbreeding corals: the hunt for ways to heal the Great Barrier Reef
Scientists, farmers and volunteers are looking for ways to lessen the impact of climate change as experts warn a third mass bleaching has taken placePhotographs by Jonas GratzerOne of the dive instructors points out two blacktip reef sharks circling a docile green turtle busy grazing on algae. Stingrays of various sizes, colours and shapes pass beneath us. Suddenly, a pod of […]
Stinkbug invasion in Turkey threatens world hazelnut supplies
Scientists race to halt spread of pungent insect species after it sweeps eight citiesThe world’s hazelnut supplies could be threatened by a stinkbug that has recently invaded Turkey, scientists have warned.The brown marmorated stinkbug, which is native to north-east Asia, has been spreading across the world in shipping containers, breeding freely thanks to warmer […]
Naturalists flock to Chris Packham's DIY 'Springwatch' on Facebook
The presenter’s daily Self-Isolating Bird Club draws on wildlife footage caught by enthusiasts on mobile phones in their gardens. Packham calls it ‘Dad’s Army makes TV’Lockdown day 10 in south-east London. A loud rhythmic tweeting is emanating from the cherry plum tree in my back garden. A great tit? Blue tit? I catch a glimpse; too small for a great […]
The week in wildlife – in pictures
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a veiled chameleon and other animals enjoying the quieter streets Continue reading...
HS2 wood clearance to go ahead as Chris Packham legal bid fails
High court has decided there was ‘no real prospect of success’ for judicial reviewThe clearing of ancient woods for HS2 is to proceed this month after the high court refused an emergency injunction and judicial review of the government’s decision to proceed with the high-speed railway.HS2’s felling of woodlands in spring when birds are nesting has been […]
High Court decision on HS2 does not deliver for wildlife
The Wildlife Trusts are saddened to hear today’s High Court decision to allow HS2’s enabling and clearing work to continue. The risk these construction works place on irreplaceable habitat is wholly unacceptable, particularly within the context of the nature and climate emergency we face.
Edible insects set to be approved by EU in 'breakthrough moment'
Food safety agency’s decision could put mealworms, locusts and baby crickets on menus It is being billed as the long-awaited breakthrough moment in European gastronomy for mealworm burgers, locust aperitifs and cricket granola.Within weeks the EU’s European Food Safety Authority is expected by the insect industry to endorse whole or ground mealworms, lesser […]
Country diary: carrion crows construct their high-rise abode
Langstone, Hampshire: The pair get to work high in the canopy, preparing their nest and seeing off predatorsSpurred into action by the spring sunshine, our resident carrion crows have one thing on their minds. Just as they’ve done for the past five years, this pair have begun to build on the foundations of last year’s nest, high in the crown of a statuesque oak […]