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


Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

More than two thirds of UK butterfly species (39 of 57) were seen in higher numbers than in 2017, according to the annual study by the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS). Partners in the scheme include the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.


Climate change is pushing wildlife ‘out of sync’

Study involving the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has showed climate change has advanced the natural cycles of many species in the UK over the past 50 years.


Widespread losses among pollinating insects in Britain

Research led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology measured the presence of 353 wild bee and hoverfly species across the country from 1980 to 2013. It showed one third of species experienced declines in terms of areas in which they were found, while one tenth increased.


Survey enables better understanding of pressures on UK’s plant species

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme, run by a partnership including the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, has launched its annual survey of wildflowers. This is carried out by hundreds of volunteers across the country.


Conference showcases latest international drought research

A conference will highlight the latest international research to support improved drought preparation and management. People working in the water...


UK’s first Earth System Model launched

UK’s first Earth System Model, UKESM1, which will help predict future climate change.


Research shines light on the hidden world beneath our feet

Farm soils in Wales have a richer variety and number of microbial species than other land types, according to a study led by Centre for Ecology & Hydrology PhD student Paul George.


It's time to fix the broken nitrogen cycle, says UN Environment

Nitrogen pollution is identified as one of the five most significant emerging issues on the environment in the latest Frontiers report from UN...


Multinational nitrogen research hub holds first meeting The first meeting of the South Asian Nitrogen Hub, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, has been held in Nepal. It involves around 50 research institutes, universities and government agencies from the UK, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives.


First national maps of pesticide and fertiliser use

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has produced new products estimating the amount of pesticides and fertilisers used in each 1km square in England annually - CEH Land Cover® plus Pesticides and CEH Land Cover® plus Fertilisers.