Consequences of being rich: wealth and population are key drivers of invasive species in Europe - 7 June 2010

A new study of biological invasions in Europe found they were linked not so much to changes in climate or land cover, but to two dominant factors – more money and more people. An international group of 26 researchers including Dr David Roy from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology reported the new findings in early June in a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). The publication resulted from a three-year project DAISIE (Delivering Alien Invasive Inventory for Europe), funded by European Union within its 6th Framework Programme.

 

BBC Breathing Places encourages young ladybird surveyors - 10 June 2010

The UK Ladybird Survey, coordinated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, has joined forces with the BBC's Breathing Places to encourage schoolchildren to take part in ladybird recording this summer. From late May, schoolchildren have been submitting their sightings online and getingt feedback from scientists. The Breathing Spaces website features factsheets, games and other useful resources for the budding scientist. More details of the CEH involvement in the Breathing Places ladybird project here.

 

Alien species at Speakers' corner - 14 June 2010

In a bid to cut out the middle man and answer some of science’s burning questions, some of the UK’s leading scientific brains spoke on 14 June 2010 at Speakers’ Corner in London, one of the world’s most famous debating arena. Dr Helen Roy from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology was invited to speak on the theme “Alien spotting: recording non-native species in Britain and beyond” the subject of the recently launched Recording Invasive Species Counts project involving CEH. The event was organised by ZSL.

 

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