Happy Hedgehog Awareness Week

This year, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is once again running Hedgehog Awareness Week (HAW) between the 6th-12th May. Designed to raise awareness of the plight of Britain’s hedgehogs, the week aims to educate people with regards to how they themselves can help out our spiny friends. Hedgehogs have declined by up to 50% since the beginning of…

Rare reptiles given a second chance at RSPB reserve

One of the UK’s  most threatened reptiles has been given a boost with the introduction of 21 young sand lizards to the RSPB’s Farnham Heath reserve. With summer just around the corner, sand lizards are looking forward to a brighter future after a project between the RSPB and ARC saw 21 sand lizards given new homes at…

Hookpod: the best conservation initiative you may not have heard of

Invented by conservationists in collaboration with commercial fishermen, a new device is helping longline fishing vessels to be safer for seabirds. What is longline fishing and how does it endanger seabirds? Longline fishing is a commercial activity that involves catching fish such as tuna and swordfish using very long lines of baited hooks. A single…

The North-West Rare Plant Initiative, a guest blog by Joshua Styles

The concept of island biogeography was first laid out by MacArther & Wilson (1967) in a book entitled ‘The Theory of Island Biogeography’. The concept was relatively simple in its key principles; that ‘islands’ that are small are capable of supporting fewer species than larger ‘islands’, and that the further away these ‘islands’ are from…

Freethinkers, echo chambers and the cult of personality in conservation

Just as it is in politics, the cult of personality is alive and well in the environmental field. Just as the charisma, views, values and outlooks of notable politicians – Trump, Corbyn, Merkel – shapes our political ideologies, so do the same features mould and sculpt our views on environmental issues. Influencing everything from our…

UK’s most endangered butterfly thrown a lifeline by the National Trust

The enigmatic High Brown Fritillary, the UK’s most endangered butterfly, has been thrown a vital lifeline in 2018 through the creation of a new conservation project led by the National Trust and partners. With the charity now embarking on an ambitious plan to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture – the butterfly’s…

Kittiwakes join the UK Red List

Recently, news broke that the Kittiwake – a small species of native gull – has been added to the list of birds considered to be facing the risk of global extinction. The latest revision of the IUCN Red List, announced by BirdLife International on behalf of the IUCN, brings the total number of UK bird species…

Scientists left stunned as new finch species develops on the Galapagos

Okay, so I don’t usually dedicate much time on this blog to international stories but on this occasion, the tale is far too interesting to ignore. New research released this week in Science details how, over a 36 year period, scientists studying Darwin’s Finches on Daphne Major, part of the Galapagos Archipelago, have witnessed the development of…

Pioneering new project launches to restore industrial landscapes

A multi-million pound project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been launched to restore areas in the North West transformed by heavy industries like coal-mining, peat extraction and iron and steel production. Led by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Carbon Landscape aims to restore more than 130 hectares to nature, train more than 1000 volunteers and…

It’s time to ban balloon releases

A new petition has been launched calling on the government to outlaw the release of ecologically damaging balloons and sky lanterns. The unnecessary practice of releasing both items is widespread in Britain, despite the fact that both cause harm to the environment. Causing death when ingested by both terrestrial and marine species, littering the countryside…