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Preloved Bans The Sale of Ivory

Preloved.co.uk, the second largest free classified ad site in the UK, has banned the sale of all ivory on site. Preloved.co.uk is the UK’s leading online marketplace for consumers to sell, swap and buy second hand belongings. With a thriving community of 2 million active users, members can place adverts free of charge to advertise […]

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Rejecting extinction: beaver reintroduction offers major benefits to Scotland

The potential reintroduction of beavers to Scotland after almost 500 years is a historic opportunity that could bring major environmental and economic benefits to Scotland – including by generating millions of pounds through eco-tourism, said award-winning conservation charity Trees for Life today. This week or next, Scottish Natural Heritage is due to report to the […]

Badger baiting rises in England and Wales but convictions drop.

Badger campaigners intellectually dishonest

Finally a number of the memos and letters written by Prince Charles to the government have finally been published . The memos cover a wide range of topics including farming and the environment. One exchange of letters covered subjects as diverse as hill farms, lynx helicopters in Iraq and the badger cull. The exchange was […]

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More seals saved from the threat of ghost fishing nets

Many marine wildlife groups working in Cornwall often get calls about sighting of seals who are injured, or entangled in fishing gear, or marine litter.  Over the last month, British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the National Trust received several calls about a seal entangled in lost fishing gear but despite repeated search attempts […]

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Wildlife Presenters urge public to take part in Great Bee Count

Wildlife presenters Steve Backshall, Michaela Strachan and Miranda Krestovnikoff are urging people to get outside and take part in the Great British Bee Count 2015, which is taking place throughout the month of May (1-31 May 2015). Organised by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and Waitrose, the Great British Bee Count aims to build on […]

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Saving the sound of summer – Pollinating the Peak campaign launches

A major Peak District-based campaign to help bumblebees launches today (Thursday 30 April 2015) with a unique Pollination Conference in Chesterfield and the arrival of a stunning bumblebee wood sculpture at the town’s world-famous Crooked Spire. The three-year Pollinating the Peak initiative – run by Bumblebee Conservation Trust with Chatsworth, Chesterfield Borough Council, HSG UK, […]

Badger baiting rises in England and Wales but convictions drop.

Manifesto round up – policies for wildlife

With the general election looming and pretty much all the parties now having released their manifestos it’s a good time to take a look at what each party stands for from a wildlife and environment point of view. Obviously I can not take a look at every single party that is standing so I’ll take […]

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Conservatives pledge total ban on ivory sales

The Conservatives have pledged to work towards a total ban on ivory sales in their latest manifesto. In their manifesto launched today on page 55 they stated: We will promote effective worldwide measures for tuna conservation, press for a total ban on ivory sales, and support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the […]

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Supersized bird feeders of Reading

Feeding gardens birds is a popular past-time for many wildlife lovers in the UK. Enjoying the colour and songs of birds such as chaffinch, blue tit and chiffchaffs can be a pleasant morning entertainment. But for some extreme bird feeders in the town of Reading the seeds and suet balls are out and chicken carcasses […]

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Auction house hands over ivory collection

A Cornish auction house has handed over a private collection of ivory pieces following a visit by the Devon and Cornwall Police and National Wildlife Crime Unit. The company was unsure of the history of all the pieces of ivory so decided to play it safe and handed over the collection to the police. The […]

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UK Border Force wildlife seizures 2014

The UK Border Force has released the details of wildlife seizures under the CITES treaty for 2014. Attempted imports of traditional oriental medicines made up the bulk of the seizures with over 424,000 items of medicine containing derivatives of endangered species being seized. Over 1200 live animals or birds were also seized during 2014. Initially […]

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UK makes another mockery of CITES trade agreement

The day after a court laughed at the seriousness of trading in endangered tiger parts by issuing a community service order to a tiger parts trader the police in the UK have joined in the mockery by giving a caution to an elephant feet trader. A 47-year-old man from the Waltham Forest area has been given […]

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British tiger parts trader gets 120 hours community service

The British courts have again shown contempt for endangered species as a tiger parts trader – Catherine Emberton 29yrs, of Gleadless Road, Sheffield – was given a 120 hour community service order and forced to pay a £60 victim surcharge. Emberton had an international market via ebay in selling her jewellery that contained tiger claws and […]

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165 critically endangered geckos seized at Heathrow

Border Force officers have intercepted an attempt to import 165 critically endangered turquoise dwarf geckos from Tanzania. The geckos was found last month within a larger consignment containing other species such as  chameleons, scorpions and frogs. Turquoise dwarf geckos are critically endangered and are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). They […]

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UK to provide extra £3 million to tackle wildlife trade

 Justine Greening MP, International Development Secretary, has announced a new £3 million boost to funds to tackle wildlife poaching and trading. The announcement was made during the wildlife trade conference in Botswana. The funding will be used to help communities affected by illegal poaching to find new ways of producing income from wildlife conservation. Justine […]