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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...


£20 million to tackle nitrogen pollution

The UK Government today (January 22) announces its commitment to fund a major international research programme to tackle the challenge that nitrogen...


Scientists awarded £1.8m to transform our understanding of soil carbon storage and loss

Scientists are to take part in a research project to transform our understanding of the potential of soil carbon storage to mitigate climate change. The project, entitled “LOCKED UP”, is to receive a grant of £1.8 million from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Scientists identify 66 alien species that pose the greatest threat to European biodiversity

Scientists have identified 66 alien plant and animal species, not yet established in the European Union, that pose the greatest potential threat to...


Trees can help mitigate ammonia emissions from farming

A new online calculator and guidance has been developed by scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to help farmers and others to design woodlands to capture airborne ammonia and so reduce air pollution.