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Britain’s larger moths decline by a third over 50 years

Populations of Britain’s larger moths have declined by a third over the past 50 years, according to a report by Butterfly Conservation, Rothamsted Research and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).


Threatened seabirds have better survival chance if they migrate for winter

Extreme storms on the east coast of Scotland are hitting the survival chances of threatened seabirds who do not migrate for the winter, according to research by the University of Aberdeen and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).


New appointments of directors at UKCEH

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has announced four new appointments. Sam Bullen will become Director of Finance, Gill Lay will be the new Director for People and Operations, Lynette Eastman has been appointed a Trustee Director, and Ian Reid has taken the position of Non-Executive Director of UKCEH Enterprise.


Three-quarters of UKCEH outputs ranked as world leading or internationally excellent

An Evaluation of NERC centres demonstrates that the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is undertaking excellent research with impact.


New members appointed to NERC’s Science Committee

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has appointed four new members to its Science Committee. They are: Professors Stefan Reis of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology; Professor Nicola Beaumont of Plymouth Marine Laboratory; Professor Jane Hill of the University of York; and Professor Daniel Parsons of the University of Hull.


Upgrading world-class research infrastructure to address environmental challenges

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology wil receive £3 million for new field monitoring equipment and laboratory facilities from the UK Research and Innovation, which comes from the UK Government’s World Class Labs funding scheme.


UN mobilises action to tackle $200bn per year waste and pollution caused by global nitrogen losses

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has issued new guidance that will give governments and farmers the evidence they need to reduce nitrogen losses. Work on the new document has been led by Professor Mark Sutton at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.


Investigating the links between human activities and global insect declines

A new £2.2 million project led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology could enable more reliable assessments of how human activities cause global insect declines.


New online community hub to inspire action to protect our soils

A new online community hub - – has been set up to inspire people to take action to protect our soils. It has been founded by a partnership including the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.


New citizen science app will support regeneration of UK’s sand dunes

The Dynamic Dunescapes app developed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will enable citizen scientists to monitor the impacts of climate change and invasive species on sand dunes, as well as the success of restoration measures