80 per cent cut in antibiotics entering Thames is needed to avoid surge in superbugs

The amount of antibiotics entering the River Thames would need to be cut by as much as 80 per cent to avoid the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’, a new study has shown.


Changing climate linked to major changes in flooding

The impact of a changing climate on the severity of flooding has been demonstrated in the largest-scale study of its kind – with parts of northern Britain seeing the largest increase in Europe.


Improved sewage treatment has increased biodiversity over past 30 years

A higher standard of wastewater treatment in the UK has been linked to substantial improvements in a river’s biodiversity over the past 30 years, ensuring a welcome success story for wildlife, say...


Online calculator shows how trees can improve air quality and cut health costs

A new interactive online tool is set to encourage tree planting initiatives across the UK. It calculates how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas, as well as the...


Significant UK air quality improvements over past 40 years cut death rates

Policies to improve air quality in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in pollution and associated mortality rates, a new study has found.


High-tech study shines light on varied diet of honeybees

UK honeybees have an extremely varied diet, foraging on a selection of more than 1,000 different plant species, a pioneering analysis of honey samples has found.Around 200 beekeepers from across the...


Widespread losses of pollinating insects in Britain

Many insect pollinator species are disappearing from areas of Great Britain, a new study has found.The research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, measured the presence of 353 wild bee and...


First national maps of pesticide and fertiliser use

Innovative new datasets, estimating the amount of pesticides and fertilisers used in each 1km square in England annually, have been produced by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.The data will provide...


Butterfly monitoring project will enable improvements to Europe’s environment

A major new EU Pilot Project will monitor population trends of butterflies to assess the health of the environment and to inform EU biodiversity and agricultural policies.Butterfly populations are...


Press releases 2019

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology press releases - 2019Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to become independent on 1 December - November 2019Greater R&I would protect businesses and our natural world -...