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The latest science and stories from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Concern for many butterfly species despite ‘good year’ for populations

The UK’s butterflies had a ‘good’ year in 2020 but populations of many species remain in long-term decline, according to the annual results published by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).


UKRI Official Development Assistance funding reduction

UKCEH statement on reduction in UKRI Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding


UKCEH Annual Review 2020

Our Annual Review gives a snapshot of some of the inspiring work we carried out in 2020.


Increase in Amazon wildfires linked to human activity, not weather

A new study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the Met Office shows there was less than a 10 per cent chance that large-scale fires in the Amazon in 2019 were caused by weather conditions.


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.