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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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Will your Easter eggs wipe out African primates?

A new study has shown that illegal cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast are wiping out primates. The study looked at 23 protected areas in the country and in 13 of them no primates were left. The researchers surveyed 23 protected areas in Ivory Coast national parks and forest reserves between 2010 and 2013 and found […]

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Deforestation rate soars 62% since 1990’s

A new satellite based study has shown that deforestation rates have soared by 62% since the 1990’s. During the 2000-2010 period 6.5 million hectares of primary forest was lost each year. An area equivalent to Norway being cleared every 5 years. The new study overturns claims by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) who said […]

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Name a camera trap programme launched

We, the INGWE Leopard Research team, have recently launched our campaign, named “Your Own Camera In Africa” on the popular crowd funding site Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1104331201/your-own-camera-in-africa With the aim of expanding our network of camera traps out in South Africa, our intention is to increase data collection that will help protect African wildlife, with a particular […]

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Flawed model questions reliability of wildlife surveys

A flaw in a commonly used wildlife survey and census method could undermine the accuracy of those surveys. The accuracy of estimated populations of endangered species such as tigers is now under question. A team of statistical mathematicians discovered the flaw and explained how results using ‘index-calibration’ are unreliable. The flaw impacts on major species […]

First ever illustrated world bird classification published

Lynx Edicíons and BirdLife International have published the first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. The checklist classification uses new criteria and recognises 462 new species which were previously treated as ‘races’ of other forms. The new total of 4,549 non-passerines implies that previous classifications have undersold avian diversity at the species […]

British turtles are booming

It may take more than a day trip to the coast to see the booming turtle population but the numbers of green turtles on British dependency Ascension Island are booming. The latest survey shows that turtle numbers on the main beaches now total 24,000 nests – an increase of 500% since records began in the […]

Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem loses 1500 elephants in 3 years

The provisional results of the aerial survey of elephants in the Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem released today show that there is an elephant population of about 11,000.  That is a reduction of about 1,500 on the population from the last survey about 3 years ago. Considering the surge in global elephant poaching the ecosystem is currently holding […]

European bat populations surge

Bat populations in Europe have surged according to a new study recently released. Between 1993 and 2011 bat numbers increased by 42% according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) survey. New conservation treaties and actions have started to have the desired effect as bat populations start to rebound. “It is extremely encouraging to see bat populations […]

A quarter of all ray and shark species heading for extinction

A new survey has revealed the impact of over-fishing on sharks and rays. While local surveys have regularly been undertaken the latest one was the first to look at it from a global perspective. The results indicate a quarter of all shark and ray species are heading to extinction in the next few decades and […]

UK Garden wildlife health watch launches

  Britain’s largest survey of the health of garden wildlife has begun today and lead partners are calling for people to report on the condition of their garden wildlife at the web site of the Garden Wildlife Health project. The aim of the project is to  gain a better understanding of the diseases that threaten native wildlife. […]

Microsoft billionaire to fund Pan African elephant survey

One of the founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has expressed his grave concern for the fate of Africa’s elephants by adding his financial weight to their protection. He announced today [Dec 4] that his family trust will fund an Africa-wide survey to establish how many elephants remain. This follows on an agreement by the Clinton […]

Ugandan national park loses nearly 60% of lions in 10 years

A recent wildlife survey has highlighted that lions in some of Uganda’s conservation areas are dropping in number. In some areas the losses could be as great as 60% over the last 10 years. It is estimated that just 408 lions remain in the 3 top strongholds for lions in the country. “African lions are a vital component […]

Tigers of Panna survived the poachers

It was devastating news in 2009 after a tiger census of Panna Tiger Reserve. It was declared that there were no tigers and it was suspected that they had all been killed by poachers. New evidence suggests that at least 1 tiger survived the poachers. After the census plans were put in place to repopulate the reserve […]

Take part in a deep ocean survey

The latest citizen science crowd-sourcing project has been launched. The Plankton Portal aims to let interested volunteers take part in a deep ocean survey of the base of the food chain in the marine environment. While not the easiest of crowd-sourcing surveys it is certainly one of the most fun to do. Participants need to […]

Humpback whale population doubles in 8 years

A recent survey of humpback whales off the coast of British Columbia has revealed some good news. Between 2004 and 2011 the population has doubled with an estimated 2011 population of 137 whales. The survey was undertaken by researchers from the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St. Andrews and colleagues from other […]

Protecting 17% of land surface could conserve 67% of plant species

One of the goals of the  Convention on Biological Diversity 2010 is to ensure that at least 60% of plant species are conserved for future generations and that 17% of the planet’s land surface is protected. Careful consideration of where that 17% is placed could mean that 67% of plant species are conserved. Researchers from Duke, North Carolina […]