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


Human activity means UK peatlands contribute to climate change

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and James Hutton Institute have led a study that estimates greenhouse gas emissions from peatland areas in the UK


High-tech study shines light on varied diet of honeybees

Results from the first year of the National Honey Monitoring Scheme has revealed the DNA of pollen of more than 1,000 different plant species. Beekeepers supply honey samples for DNA testing by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.


Multinational project supports pollinators in Latin America

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is working with researchers in Latin America on project to support insect pollinators in the region. The project is receiving funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Invasive alien species threaten biodiversity and health in Mediterranean

Priority lists for invasive alien species of potential concern to biodiversity, ecosystems and human health in Cyprus have been drawn up in a study led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The study, funded by the UK government's Darwin Plus initiative, has appeared in Biological Invasions.


‘Rewilding must enable ecosystems to become self-sustaining’

Better planning and implementation of ‘rewilding’ projects would benefit ecosystems and humans, according to researchers from European institutions, including the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. Their paper has appeared in the journal Science.


New UK isotope research service is created

A new isotope research network involving the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will provide a world-leading ‘one stop shop’ service for UK...


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.