New book examines state of UK wildlife 

CEH scientists past and present are among the expert contributors to a new book, Silent Summer: The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland, published by Cambridge University Press. The book appraises the changes that have occurred in a wide range of wildlife species and their habitats and outlines urgent priorities for conservation.

New critical limits for mercury pollution in soils - 21 May 2010

Mercury is a highly toxic metal that damages the environment and causes chronic diseases in animals, plants and micro-organisms. A new study, led by CEH scientist Professor Ed Tipping, has found that the acceptable critical upper limit for mercury in soils is just 0.13 parts per million. The analysis was published in the Journal Environmental Pollution. More details can be found on the NERC Planet Earth Online website.

BBC Breathing Places encourages young ladybird surveyors - 10 May 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 24 May, schoolchildren can submit their sightings online and get 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.

Countryside Survey team examines topsoil carbon levels - 7 May 2010

CEH’s Countryside Survey team has written a new paper about the survey's soil carbon results which is currently online in Biogeosciences Discussions. Comments are invited on this discussion paper until 24 May.






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