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Latest technology used to improve thousands of miles of lineside biodiversity

Network Rail’s Biodiversity Action Plan, which has been drawn up in collaboration with UKCEH scientists, is an important step in achieving a sustainably managed lineside.


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 (CO 2 ) emissions in central London...


High-tech data confirm record poor harvest after year of extreme weather

Scientific data confirm British farmers’ fears that this is the worst harvest for at least 25 years, following a year of extreme weather. Analyses by...


New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

Research led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding.


Almost 2 million acres of GB grassland lost as woodland and urban areas expand

A major loss of grassland and significant increases in urbanisation and woodland in Great Britain have been revealed in a new scientific analysis of land cover changes between 1990 and 2015 by the UK Centre of Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).


Work begins on UK system for estimating COVID-19 cases from wastewater

Scientists will develop a standardised UK-wide system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, in order to provide an early warning of future outbreaks and reduce reliance on costly testing of large populations. The programme will be led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and involve researchers from several universities


Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species

In a new study, scientists from around the world warn that the threats posed by invasive alien species are increasing. They say that urgent action is...


Scientists predict increase in harmful blue-green algae this year

The UK’s exceptionally warm spring may lead to an increase in blue-green algal blooms, say ecologists from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).


AI system could identify roadside invasive species

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Keen AI are developing a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can quickly survey large and inconvenient areas for invasive and potentially damaging plant species. It is a 10-month pilot project that has received funding from Innovate UK.


Free online tool will enable farmers to deliver environmental benefits

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has developed the new Environmental Planner tool (E-Planner). This will enable farmers to deliver environmental improvements and potentially attract payments for providing ‘public money for public goods’ under the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme.