15 Nov 2018

Air pollution harms insect life, finds report Locked

Ecology Briefing: High levels of nitrogen dioxide hamper the development of these creatures and could reduce pollination, warns the University of Sheffield.

28 Sep 2018

High-tech system promotes roadside wildlife for Highways England

Ecology Briefing: Satellite images combined with wildlife data is helping Highway England predict where to target its biodiversity efforts.

7 Sep 2018

Global vegetation loss points to grim future, finds study Locked

Ecology Briefing: Rising temperatures could lead to dramatic changes in our landscapes over the next 150 years, says the Australian National University.

20 Jul 2018

Ure river and floodplain restoration investigated Locked

Ecology Briefing: Techniques for tackling the restoration of the river Ure and its floodplain in Yorkshire have been investigated by consultancy JBA.

20 Jul 2018

Cranes will remain in UK, finds population model

Ecology Briefing: Cranes' numbers in the UK will continue to rise over the coming years, according to a population model.

20 Jul 2018

Twites tracked in RSPB project

Ecology Briefing: Innovative tracker technology will be used to better understand the movements of a declining bird species.

12 Jul 2018

Salmon populations to be mapped in electrofishing survey Locked

Ecology Briefing: Electrofishing survey aims to help map young salmon populations in Scotland.

5 Jul 2018

Woodland management needed to protect dormice, finds academic research Locked

Ecology Briefing: Woodland management and consistent climate could be key to helping conserve dormice, finds university research.

20 Jun 2018

Genetic assessment could aid Scottish adder conservation

Ecology Briefing: Scottish Zoo works to develop DNA sampling technique in a bid to protect adders.

20 Jun 2018

Alternative splicing affects plant behaviour, say researchers Locked

Ecology Briefing: The genetic process determines how plants behave in different conditions, say researchers

19 Jun 2018

Could machine tackle invasive species? Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Imperial College London has proposed a project to investigate if machine learning could help prevent the spread of invasive non-native species and pathogens.

7 Jun 2018

Do we give animals cancer?

Ecology Briefing: ASU researchers believe human activities are giving animals cancer.

7 Jun 2018

JBA develops innovative water habitat modelling routine Locked

Ecology Briefing: JBA habitat modelling routine accounts for water depth and velocity.

25 May 2018

Mobile tech expansion could harm wildlife, says BugLife Locked

Ecology Briefing: It believes electromagnetic radiation may have an adverse effect on birds, animals, and plants.

25 May 2018

RSPB tender: £187k habitat surveying for CABB project

Ecology Briefing: RSPB is tendering for habitat surveillance and Lidar mapping services as part of £187k contract.

17 May 2018

Could habitat enhancement reduce development impacts on birds?

Ecology Briefing: WYG investigates whether crop rotation and habitat enhancement could reduce development impacts on overwintering birds.

3 May 2018

Hurricane floodwaters spread non-native species, finds USGS Locked

Ecology Briefing: Non-native freshwater plants and animals have migrated into new water bodies and have sometimes disrupted existing ecosystems. 

19 Apr 2018

Urbanites see fewer songbirds, finds study Locked

Ecology Briefing: People in urban areas tend to see more “nuisance” birds and fewer songbirds overall.

9 Mar 2018

Pine martens could be key to red squirrel protection, finds latest research Locked

Ecology Briefing: The presence of pine martens has a positive effect on red squirrel populations, according to a recent collaborative study.

9 Mar 2018

River temperature model aims to protect wild salmon Locked

Ecology Briefing: Scientists hope a river temperature model will help target tree planting which aims to reduce river temperatures for wild salmon.

22 Feb 2018

Satellites used to monitor Scottish water quality 

Ecology Briefing: A consortium, including The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is piloting using earth observation technology to improve the quality and efficiency of its water sampling. 

2 Feb 2018

SureScreen Scientifics develop eDNA test for crayfish plague Locked

Ecology Briefing: SureScreen Scientifics has developed an eDNA test to monitor the absence or presence of crayfish plague in water.

26 Jan 2018

Geo-engineering threat to species and biodiversity identified Locked

Ecology Briefing: Many animals and plants would not be able to survive in a rapidly warming world, according to climate geo-engineering researchers.

11 Jan 2018

British rivers damaged by insecticide

Ecology Briefing: British freshwaters are heavily contaminated with neonicotinoids (a form of insecticide), according to research by the Environment Agency, NRW, SEPA and the NIEA.

18 Dec 2017

Surface water drain misconnections damaging Thames ecology Locked

Brownfield Briefing: Domestic waste water pipes misconnected to surface water drains are leading to sewage and chemical pollution on every kilometre of London’s rivers, a major study has found.

18 Dec 2017

Loweswater Lake water quality improving after farm improvements

Ecology Briefing: The chemical status of one of the Lake District’s smallest lakes shows signs of improvement, but still classifies as mesotrophic after farming practices were improved, a report has found.

5 Dec 2017

Invasive species are highly adaptable, finds research

Brownfield Briefing: Invasive plant species can effectively change to thrive in new environments and climates, according to researchers at Virginia Tech and North Carolina State University.

1 Nov 2017

Gene discovery may lead to new fungicidal spray

Ecology Briefing: Researchers have discovered a gene responsible for fungal disease that attacks cereal crops.

1 Nov 2017

eDNA used to detect parasitic worms in amphibians Locked

Ecology Briefing: Scientists have developed a way to detect the DNA of parasitic nematode worms released in the faeces of infected amphibians.

18 Oct 2017

Grazing negates ability of woodland to slow the flow Locked

Ecology Briefing: Pine forests may be better than broadleaf forests at slowing the flow of flood water, but infiltration rates in both types of forest are severely reduced if the land is grazed by livestock, a study has found.