'Britain's biggest fox' killed
The huge specimen was bagged by Alan Hepworth near
his home in Aberdeenshire and weighed 38lb 1oz.
Ant identification boosts blue butterflies
Scientists have developed a fast, cheap and reliable
technique that vastly improves the chances of successfully reintroducing
the endangered large blue butterfly to the UK.
Standing still in running water: lotic dragon and damselfly
species less able to adapt to climate change
A study published online in
throws light on the capability of individual dragonfly species to
track climate change.
Cliff-face cameras to view Bempton Cliffs seabirds
Two CCTV cameras have been installed on the cliff-face
at a seabird centre on Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington.
Bird feeding proves recession-proof
While people are tightening their belts, it seems that
garden birds are not having to do the same, with sales of bird food
expanding amidst the cold conditions.
Trust for Ornithology
Illegal eel trap drowns protected otter
The Environment Agency is urging anglers to report
illegal fishing activity after an otter died in an illegally set trap
to capture eels.
Sperm whale washes ashore at Skegness Beach
A dead sperm whale, 35 feet in length, weighing an
estimated 30 tonnes, washed ashore at Skegness Beach.
Dartmoor ponies to go on the pill
A pioneering project to put Dartmoor's wild ponies
on the pill is to begin in Devon later this year.
Deer culls aggressive Scottish Gamekeepers Association
Deer culls in the name of conservation are "aggressive"
and harm populations that support sporting estates, a gamekeepers
body has said.
Chepstow badger deaths inquiry launched by Gwent Police
Gwent Police have launched an investigation after two
dead badgers were found in Chepstow.
Two hundred ancient woodlands at threat from development
More than 200 ancient woodlands are currently under
threat from development, and many more could be at risk without
changes to the proposed planning reforms, campaigners are warning.
Talla and Gameshope estate purchase bid
Two conservation charities hope to raise more than
£1m to buy "wild land" in southern Scotland once
roamed by William Wallace and the Border Reivers.
Turbine group mourns wild land
Windfarm protesters held a symbolic “wake”
outside Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on Saturday to highlight
their concerns about developments on wild land.
Power plant threat to birds’ beach home
A battle is looming over plans to turn protected
sandflats into an industrial zone.
Northern Isles - New woodland creation options
Land owners and managers across the Northern Isles
are urged to take advantage of a new Scottish Government grant that
aims to boost efforts to expand native woodland cover.
Government boost for Thames Estuary
An area of Essex, Kent and east London, bigger than
the Caribbean Island of Barbados, is set to benefit from a half-
a-million pound cash injection.
WWF & AEF: Heathrow doesn’t need more capacity
WWF and the Aviation Environment Federation (AEF)
today questioned the calls by BAA and others for increased capacity
at London Heathrow.
Bay granted special status
Projects supporting wildlife and agriculture around
Morecambe Bay have been given a £600,000 investment.
Where the rain went and what it could mean
recent scientific paper (reported here on
publishes research suggesting a link between decreasing Arctic sea
ice and increased snow in the northern hemisphere.
We must plant a rural community revival
Last weekend, as I was heading into the hills, I
walked through what can only be described as a devastated landscape
more reminiscent of a scene from the trenches of Flanders or Cormac
The Road than the Scottish countryside
in the 21st century.
Up to 900 tropical bird species could 'go extinct'
Up to 900 species of tropical land birds around the
world could become extinct by 2100, researchers say.
UN team examines mining threat to Great Barrier Reef
A UN team has arrived in Australia to investigate possible
damage to the Great Barrier Reef by the mining industry.
Sawfish snout senses, swipes and stabs
The spectacular snouts of sawfish are revealed as complete
hunting weapons, sensing prey and killing them.
Sea Shepherd finds key whaling ship
After a marathon pursuit, Sea Shepherd says it has
found and shut down Japan's key whaling factory ship, Nisshin Maru,
deep inside Australian Antarctic waters.
Staniford turns attention to Norway
Maverick anti-salmon farm campaigner Don Staniford
has apparently moved to Norway “to slay the dragon in its own
Is seaweed the future of biofuel?
As scientists continue the hunt for energy sources
that are safer, cleaner alternatives to fossil fuel, an ever-increasing
amount of valuable farmland is being used to produce bioethanol, a
source of transportation fuel.
SA cycads 'are facing extinction'
While rhino poaching is increasing at an alarming rate,
four species of cycads found only in South Africa are on the brink
of extinction due to poaching.
Alarm in Paraguay at settlement plans for Ñacunday
Paraguayan environmental organizations including Guyra
Paraguay (BirdLife in Paraguay) are alarmed at the recent decision
of the national government to actively promote the settlement of small-scale
farmers (‘campesinos’) within the Ñacunday National
India, other developing nations block exclusion of
Rio Principles' references from UNEP decisions
India and other developing countries successfully resisted
a move by the United States to exclude references of the Rio Principles
from the decisions of the United Nations Environment Programme taken
at the Nairobi meet.
Chitral sees drastic drop in migratory birds
The current hunting season of Siberian ducks proved
to be a wild-goose chase for the hunters, as negligible number of
migratory birds came to Chitral this season compared to past.
Controversial green energy report 'very, very poor', says government
The government and renewable energy businesses have
slammed the findings of a controversial report that claimed 2020
carbon reduction targets could be achieved more cost effectively
by building nuclear and gas-fired power stations instead of wind
First chuffs from the Durban climate train
Last week, we heard the first tiny sounds of a train
leaving the Durban Platform.
Scotland to fit carbon capture at existing coal plants
The Scottish government plans to fitcarbon capture
and storage at all coal plants by 2025 and said demonstrating the
technology could generate 3.5 billion pounds ($5.6 billion) in the
IMO set to collide with EU over vessel CO2 emissions
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is
making little headway on market-based measures to curb carbon dioxide
emissions from international shipping, putting it on a policy collision
course with the European Union, observers said.
Economic slowdown means UK can phase out more fossil
The economic slowdown means the UK could retire old
coal, oil and nuclear power plants without risking black-outs between
2015 and 2020, according to
Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Death threats, intimidation and abuse
The scientist who has borne the full brunt of attacks
by climate change deniers, including death threats and accusations
of misappropriating funds, is set to hit back.
Obama warns on "false choice" between growth,
President Barack Obama, defending himself against
election-year attacks over his energy policies, said on Friday that
his critics were trying to set up a "false choice" between
protecting the environment and boosting the economy.
Helping protect vulnerable birds from impacts of
Scientists from PRBO Conservation Science and the
Department of Fish and Game have completed an innovative study on
the effects of climate change on bird species of greatest concern.