Press Release Archive - 2008

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Press Office often issues Press Releases to journalists from a wide range of media outlets, announcing findings from new research or giving details of significant events at CEH which are of interest to a wider audience.

In addition to the 10 press releases listed below which were issued by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in 2008, research carried out by CEH scientists also made major contributions to press releases issued during 2008 by the following organisations: the Natural Environment Research Council, the Ordnance Survey, the British Ecological Society, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Butterfly Conservation, Natural England, Pond Conservation, ESRI, Scottish Natural Heritage, Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Grassland Trust, Earthwatch, the National Biodiversity Network Trust, the Royal Society, Microbial Solutions, Oxford Expressions Technology, the Environment Agency, Defra, the DAISIE project, the Lancet and many Universities.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology press releases - 2008

2008/10 - Loch Leven on road to recovery after 40 years of scientific research - 11 December 2008 - New results from 40 years of intensive scientific research show that Loch Leven, Scotland’s freshwater ‘jewel in the crown’, is on the road to recovery after decades of water quality problems. 

2008/9 - UK’s biggest ever Countryside Survey : Results published - 18 November 2008 - The results of the biggest and most comprehensive survey of Britain’s countryside and its natural resources are unveiled in a report published today by the Countryside Survey partnership. 

2008/8 - Neighbours from hell: infanticide rife in guillemot colony - 17 Sep 2008 - One of Britain's best-known species of seabird is increasingly attacking and killing unattended chicks from neighbouring nests due to food shortages. 

2008/7 - Puffins added to the list of dwindling North Sea birdlife - 4 Jun 2008 - Atlantic Puffin numbers on the Isle of May off Scotland's east coast have declined by 30% during the last five years after a period of almost 40 years of rapid population increase, a new survey conducted by CEH scientists show. 

2008/6 - Putting fleas on the map in Britain and Ireland - 15 May 2008 - A new atlas has been published mapping the distribution of the 60 species of flea found in Britain and Ireland.

2008/5 - International group of scientists publishes guidelines for improved description of genomes and metagenomes - 9 May 2008 - The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC), an international initiative led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and including representatives from a range of major sequencing and bioinformatics centres, has created a new guideline for describing genomes and metagenomes. 

2008/4 - UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to chair the Partnership for European Environmental Research - 9 April 2008 - During April 2008 the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) takes over the chairmanship of the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER). 

2008/3 - Summer 2007 Floods: A Very Singular Event - 11 Mar 2008 - A new scientific study of the wet summer of 2007 confirms that the floods were a very singular event and does not support the idea that the exceptional river flooding was linked to climate change.

2008/2 - New 'Environment Centre Wales' opened - 15 Feb 2008 - A new £7m centre of excellence for environmental science, bringing together the scientific expertise of CEH and Bangor University, has been officially opened in Bangor by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown. 

2008/1 - Public interest charts the impact of the most invasive ladybird on earth - 7 Feb 2008 - The Harlequin ladybird has gone from a biological control agent to potentially the "most invasive ladybird on earth", scientists from the UK Harlequin Ladybird Survey announced today.

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