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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-...


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...


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. The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology analysed data from the regular monitoring of both chemicals and invertebrates in the River Ray in Wiltshire between 1977 and 2016


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...


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...


High-tech study shines light on varied diet of honeybees

Results from the first year of the National Honey Monitoring Scheme, run by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, found DNA traces of more than 1,000 different plant species in total.


Widespread losses of pollinating insects in Britain

Research led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology measured the presence of 353 wild bee and hoverfly species across the country, from 1980 to 2013. It showed one third of species experienced declines in terms of geographic areas in which they were found, while one tenth increased.


First national maps of pesticide and fertiliser use

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology has produced two new datasets. These estimate the amount of pesticides and fertilisers used in each 1km square in England annually.


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...


Press releases 2019

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology press releases - 2019 Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to become independent on 1 December - November 2019...