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Dormouse day 2018

Dormouse in hand (photo credit: Bev Lewis)

Today, Thursday 14 June 2018, we are releasing hazel dormice into a woodland in Warwickshire in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and others. Today’s release follows last year’s reintroduction, which took place in June 2017 near Wappenbury. This was the first phase of the wider Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme – a project coordinated by the Warwickshire Wildlife …

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The State of Britain’s Stag Beetles

Male stag beetle in hand by Aimi MacInnes SQUARE

We are mid stag beetle season with records coming in thick and fast from people across southern England. But what about last year’s survey? What can it tell us about the state of Britain’s stag beetles? How many? In 2017 we had 6107 confirmed stag beetle records with 925 of them being larvae dug up by …

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Slow Loris Update

Javan slow loris by Little Fireface Project

The problem The slow loris is now among the world’s top 25 most endangered primates. Having lost 90% of their tropical forests, exposed and vulnerable lorises are captured and sold illegally through the pet trade, for medicine or exploited as props in tourist photos. Traders cut out their venomous teeth, so even rescued animals can …

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The wonderful world of wood pasture and parkland

Oak with large limb loss Moccas Park reduced size - MG

Wood Pasture and and Parkland is one of our most important habitats but it is one we are only beginning to understand. As a part of the Wood Pasture and Parkland Network (WPPN) we have made a series of videos to shine a light on this forgotten habitat. The WPPN, is a new national network …

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Day in the life of a water vole surveyor

Water vole with blackberry resized by Ian Schofield Shutterstock

Water voles hold the unfortunate title of being the UK’s fastest declining mammal. Once a common and widespread species in Britain, a recent report has revealed an estimated 30% decline in water vole distribution across England and Wales between 2006 – 2015. However, there is some evidence that conservation work, including strategic habitat restoration and …

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The Great Stag Beetle Hunt

Male stag beetle on finger by Andrew Henty

Gentle Giants Stag beetles are Britain’s largest land beetle with males reaching up to 7.5 cm in size. They are also one of the most spectacular looking insects, with a males’ huge mandibles (antler-like jaws) making them easy to spot! Despite their appearance, stag beetles are harmless, and from mid-to-late-May are more likely to be …

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Help us tell the Government how to protect our wildlife before it’s too late

Aerial panorama over green crops in patchwork pasture farmland

We need your help Please respond to this Government consultation to help shape the future of our countryside and ensure there’s a better deal for our wildlife. We need a farming system that both grows our food and looks after our environment. Just as we depend on the UK’s farmland for much of the food …

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Charity shop news

Pop up shop vintage rail

Would you like to shop for your Spring/Summer 2018 wardrobe while supporting the work we do? Our charity shop in Egham, Surrey has been doing a roaring trade in vintage summer clothes now the weather is getting warmer! It is also the perfect place to donate clothes and bric-a-brac to if you are having a …

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Spring has sprung!

Close up blossom (Photo credit: E Thomas)

The water vole survey is starting this week, records are coming in from across the country to the BIG hedgehog map and the first dormouse checks are under way. Spring might have been slow to start this year but it has definitely sprung now!  So what are the favourite signs of spring from staff here at …

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Calling all water vole enthusiasts!

water vole credit 'Iain Green  www.wildwonder.co.uk_square3

National Water Vole Monitoring Programme starts 15 April 2018. We are calling on all wildlife enthusiasts to help monitor signs of the UK’s disappearing water voles as part of our annual National Water Vole Monitoring Programme. Affectionately portrayed as Ratty in childhood favourite Wind in the Willows, water voles were once a common sight along …

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Unicorn reintroduction

unicorn (photo credit: Rob Boudon

Iconic British unicorns reintroduced into secluded nature reserve on the Isle of Wight We are proud to unveil our new project – reintroducing unicorns (Equus monoceros) into Briddlesford Wood on the Isle of Wight and the Shetland Isles, as part of our ongoing conservation efforts to reintroduce endangered species back to the UK. Once a …

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I-Spy, with my mammal eye…

Pine marten by Bill Cuthbert cropped

Help us spot Britain’s mammals We’re calling for volunteers to take part in our Living with Mammals survey and to record the wild mammals they see. You can help by choosing a green space, such as a garden, allotment or park, and observing it each week between Monday 26th March and Sunday 24th June 2018. …

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