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A water vole swimming by David Edwards

Watching water voles in 2023 Last year, PTES volunteers played a crucial role in helping us map the whereabouts of Britain’s water voles. The results from the National Water Vole Monitoring Programme (NWVMP) in 2023 were fantastic and it’s the dedicated time and effort put in by our monitors that means we can all look …

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RED SQUIRREL NEIL MCINTYRE - People's Trust for Endangered Species

Charity calls for help recording endangered wildlife in gardens and on local riverbanks This spring, leading wildlife conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling for volunteers across the UK to take part in their annual spring surveys in a bid to help endangered wildlife and the habitats they call home. From March …

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Acorns at Briddlesford credit Laura Bower

What is wood pasture? Wood pasture is a man-made mosaic habitat featuring open-grown veteran and ancient trees, an open ground layer such as grassland or heathland, grazing animals, wood decay and flowering shrubs. The structure and appearance can vary depending on historic and current management. If the site is in good condition, there will be …

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Little Fireface Project Slow Loris in a tree at night

Professor Anna Nekaris, a world-leading primate conservationist, global expert on nocturnal primates, and one of wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)’ five Conservation Partners, has been listed on The New Year Honours 2024 List. Prof. Nekaris will receive an OBE from King Charles III for her outstanding commitment to conserving slow lorises – …

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Saiga Antelope Victor Tyakht Shutterstock.com

This positive status change reflects the species’ remarkable recovery in Kazakhstan due to ongoing conservation efforts, but action is still needed to ensure populations continue to improve, especially in Uzbekistan where only 500 individuals remain Today [11th December 2023], the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ status of saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) has improved from …

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Saiga by Vladimir Sevrinovsky Shutterstock.com (3)

Below us, as the aeroplane started its descent, the lights of Tashkent stretched as far as the horizon. The capital of Uzbekistan is home to over two and half million people, making it the largest city in Central Asia. I was arriving there, close to midnight, on a visit to meet our Conservation Partner Elena …

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Veronica and John‘s medium-sized suburban garden is about two miles outside a city in the north of England. ‘We read a lot about the importance of gardens as potential spaces for wildlife to flourish, so we decided to join the Living with Mammals survey. That was in 2006, and we’ve been going ever since.’ Fifteen-year-old …

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Dormouse Miroslav Hlavko Shutterstock resized for web

A landmark report published today [10th November 2023] by wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) reveals that Britain’s native hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) population has declined by a staggering 70% since 2000 and have been lost from 20 English counties since the Victorian times. Hazel dormice are charismatic, small, native rodents with soft …

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Male stag beetle on roses Duncan Wright

This summer, two keen members of Wren Wildlife and Conservation Group in Northeast London took part in our stag beetle count. Laura Bower, PTES’ Conservation Officer, spoke to Sybil and Nate about how they took their participation to another level by encouraging friends and neighbours to look out for stag beetles too and create dead …

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Hedgehog Highway and hedgehog by Christopher Morgan

Inspired by the recent Hedgehog Friendly Fencing campaign, Jewson will soon offer gravel boards with pre-installed Hedgehog Highways, giving hedgehogs vital access to gardens. National builders’ merchant Jewson is the first major national company to sign-up to Hedgehog Street’s ‘Hedgehog Friendly Fencing’ campaign, which was launched in July. Jewson has pledged to help native hedgehogs …

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Big fruiting hedge -

PTES’ Habitat Officer, Megan Gimber, recollects a recent trip to Northumberland, organised by the Coquetdale Branch of the Wildlife Trust, to meet farmer Kevin and learn how he has restored his hedgerows. Northumberland hedgerows at their finest A recent visit to Northumberland had me flabbergasted at the difference one person can make. In an area …

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Snow Leopard Trust scientists are back in the field collaring snow leopards in Mongolia as part of their long-term ecological study of this endangered species and its habitat. The team of international and Mongolian conservationists have safely collared and studied more individual snow leopards than anyone else on the planet. This knowledge is crucial to …

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