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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.


Willow tits find refuge in former mining areas

Britain's fastest declining resident bird species, the willow tit, has found refuge in former mining areas and could be thriving there due to the expanse of land available, a study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has found.


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).