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


Citizen scientists map the rapid spread of harlequin ladybirds

A study led by Anglia Ruskin University and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has revealed the extent of the spread of the harlequin ladybird in the UK.


Pioneering CEH scientist named as an ‘Outstanding Woman of Scotland’

Professor Sarah Wanless, a Fellow of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), has been named as one of the 2018 Outstanding Women of Scotland by the Saltire Society. The ecologist studies marine ecosystems, particularly seabirds.


Our contribution to global climate science

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is taking part in Green GB Week by highlighting its contribution to climate science. It is the tenth anniversary of the passing of the Climate Change Act.


£27.8m programme will tackle environmental challenges

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has secured £27.8 million National Capability funding over five years for the UK-SCAPE programme. The money comes from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Planting scheme supports wildlife on verges of A-roads

Data from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has been used to support a Highways England planting scheme by the A30 and A38 in Devon and Cornwall. Trees, shrubs, heathland and grassland have been planted to improve connnectivity between habitats.


Surviving plants and insects are tougher than we think

Insect pollinators that have survived the impacts of agricultural intensification may have a greater ability to resist future environmental changes...


New reports will enable UK to make the most of its natural assets

New reports will enable governments and businesses to take an evidence-based approach to valuing the UK’s natural assets and support a Natural Capital approach. Reports produced by Valuing Nature Programme, which is co-ordinated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Study showing multiple benefits of drainage water wins international award

Study on the suitability and benefits of using drainage water of fish farms instead of canal fresh water for wheat irrigation has won Best Paper Award from the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. Dr Ragab Ragab of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology was one of the authors.


Study shows how damaged chalk grasslands can be revived

Experiment on Sailsbury Plain involving the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has revealed how chalk grasslands that have been damaged by intensive farming could be regenerated.


July 2018 Hydrological Summary for the UK

July 2018 was notable for extended periods of hot, sunny and dry weather across the UK. It was the third hottest July in the Central England...