Exciting species discoveries made as locked-down UK public takes up mothing

A surge in enthusiasm for observing moths during the lockdowns has resulted in some UK counties recording their first sightings of rare species. Scientists are now hoping there will be similar...


Passive rewilding can rapidly expand UK woodland at no cost

A study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has shown passive rewilding could make a significant contribution to meeting the UK’s ambitious woodland expansion targets – potentially at...


Climate change makes West Nile virus outbreaks 'plausible' in UK

Climate change will make outbreaks of West Nile virus more likely in the UK within the next 20-30 years, says a study involving the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)


Impacts of landfill chemical waste on UK seabirds investigated

A £2.3million study is investigating the effects that chemical pollutants from coastal landfill waste may be having on UK seabirds’ health, reproduction and survival.


Nitrogen pollution is no laughing matter

Nitrous oxide (N2O) - commonly known as laughing gas - has 300 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide (CO2) and is responsible for seven per cent of harmful greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).


Improved management of farmed peatlands could cut 500 million tonnes of CO2

Substantial cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved by raising water levels in agricultural peatlands, according to a new study in the journal Nature.


New ‘toolkit’ for housing providers to support wildlife and boost residents’ wellbeing

Ecologists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) have launched a ‘Biodiversity Toolkit’ to enable housing providers and residents support wildlife on their estates.Connecting and...


Willow tits find refuge in former mining areas

An endangered British songbird has found refuge in the former mining areas in northern England and could be thriving there due to the expanse of land available.


Latest technology used to improve thousands of miles of lineside biodiversity

Scientists are using cutting-edge technology along Britain’s 20,000-mile rail network, as part of Network Rail’s new action plan for sustainable vegetation management.


CO2 emissions in London unaffected by second lockdown

A detailed analysis has shown that the second national lockdown had no further impact on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in central London when compared to pre lockdown 2.0 levels, with both...