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Volunteer recorders play vital role in monitoring the state of nature

A partnership of 70 wildlife organisations, research institutes and government agencies has produced the third State of Nature report, the clearest picture to date of the status of UK plant and animal species. The 2019 report, which follows similar assessments in 2013 and 2016, has revealed average declines in distribution and abundance of five per cent and 13 per cent, respectively, since 1970.

New research into the impacts of climate change on harmful algal blooms in lakes

Harmful algal blooms in lakes are becoming an increasing problem globally. Here, Jessica Richardson, a PhD student with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the University of Stirling, discusses a study she led into the role of climate change in creating these blooms...

Progress in UK Environmental Prediction research

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a major partner in the UK Environmental Prediction (UKEP) initiative, a national collaboration delivering new research on high resolution interactions between our atmosphere, land and oceans. More than 50 scientists discussed the latest UKEP research at a recent workshop, among them CEH's Toby Marthews, who tells us more about the project…

Meeting the kestrel family

Each spring and summer we stream a live camera feed from a nestbox used by kestrels at our Wallingford, Oxfordshire site. It’s hugely popular with viewers on YouTube but also offers a valuable insight into the seasonal activity and feeding habits of these birds of prey. If you've wondered what happens to the footage, every year some of our work experience students have the enviable job of watching hundreds of hours of it!

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