Agri-environment measures boost wildlife populations in long-term farm study

Agri-environment schemes can significantly increase local bird and butterfly populations without damaging food production, a long-term research project by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has...


Major tech investment will transform UK’s resilience to floods and droughts

A UK-wide network of state-of-the-art hydrological measuring equipment and digital technology is set to transform this country’s research into floods and droughts


​​​​​​​Scientists offer solutions to global phosphorus crisis that threatens food and water security

A major new report warns that global mismanagement of this finite nutrient is causing twin crises, brought into sharp focus with fertiliser prices skyrocketing in recent months. Our Phosphorus Future...


Free plant identification app enables farmers to monitor their wildlife habitats

E-Surveyor, a new mobile phone developed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, enables farmers to monitor the success of wildlife habitats they have created on their land. It uses artificial...


Vocal non-native songbird could change Britain’s dawn chorus as we know it

A study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology warns that a loud songbird from subtropical Asia, the red-billed leiothrix, could be emerging as a new invasive species in Britain, threatening to...


AI holds key to improving biodiversity by Britain’s railway tracks 

Trials in using artificial intelligence (AI) to identify species of trees and other plants, from photographs taken by on-train cameras, have proven that lineside vegetation can be monitored safely...


New portal improves forecasts of devastating storms in West Africa

An online 'nowcasting' portal developed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) will enable forecasters in West Africa to provide communities with earlier and more reliable warnings about...


Global early warning system will enable communities to adapt to changing water availability 

The Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) will provide regular data on the status of water resources in local catchments across the world. It is being led by the World Meteorological...


Deforestation increases risk of flash flooding in fast-growing West African coastal cities

The frequency of thunderstorms in some fast-growing African coastal cities has doubled over the past 30 years, with much of this increase linked to the impact of deforestation on the local climate, a...


Dead puffins wash up on Scottish shores

More than 100 dead puffins have washed up across the northeast coast of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland over the past three weeks, making it one of the most significant reports of its kind in the UK for...