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Slow Loris Outreach Week

Javan slow loris by Little Fireface Project

Slow lorises are under threat for many reasons. They are targeted for the illegal pet trade because they look so appealing; their forest habitat is being degraded and cut down; and they also face a multitude of threats as a consequence of an ever-changing climate. We are working with the Little Fireface Project to combat this …

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Log your ‘hog

European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

Hedgehog Street reveals which counties are recording the most hedgehog sightings For the first time we can revealed the counties across the British Isles who are recording the most (and least!) number of native hedgehog sightings. The Hedgehog Street team are calling for more people to record their sightings of Britain’s favourite mammal online, to …

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Glasgow water voles – Project update

Glasgow water vole photo credit: L. Campbell

Water voles numbers have plummeted by around 90%, one of the most rapid and serious declines of any British wild mammal ever. But an unusual population of city dwelling water voles has given hope for the future for this charismatic animal. In this blog post Robyn Stewart from the Water Voles in the City project …

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Where are the elephants? Lucy Twitcher’s 1st three months in Soraya

Elephant photo credit: A Korstjens

The Sumatran elephant, a subspecies of the Asian elephant, is critically endangered and is found only in Sumatra, Indonesia. However, the lack of information about Sumatran elephant distribution, habitat use and home ranges makes it difficult to plan effective conservation strategies, and further research is needed to prevent their extinction. Researching elephants isn’t always straight …

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Dormouse reintroduction update Sept 2018

Hazel dormouse by Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH Shutterstock

Mixed news for reintroduced dormice This weekend saw the second check for the dormice that were reintroduced into a Warwickshire woodland this summer. The great news is 27 adults plus young were found at the site which is what is expected for this time in a reintroduction.  The bad news is that for the first …

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Snow Leopards in Mongolia Update

Snow Leopard Trust - Emmanuel Keller

Mongolia is home to the second largest snow leopard population in the world, but sadly their numbers continue to plummet. Like many big cats, they are persecuted in retaliation for killing livestock and hunted for their fur as their home territory is becoming increasingly shared with humans. In this guest blog post Bayara Agvaantseren gives us an insight …

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Agriculture Bill is presented to Parliament

Aerial panorama over green crops in patchwork pasture farmland

Just as we depend on the UK’s farmland for much of the food we eat every day, so does lots of our wildlife. But over the decades our farming policies have had an unintended effect, dramatically reducing other countryside qualities that we need and value: like wildlife, landscape character, and water, air and soil quality. …

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Giant Otter project update: Gold mining, fish bites and hungry caiman

Giant otter group

Illegal gold mining activities and deforestation have severely affected the habitat of giant otters in the Peruvian amazon. However, the full extent of these human threats on giant otters are not well understood yet. People’s Trust for Endangered Species has teamed up with Adi  Barocas in Peru, to understand what is happening and what we can do …

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New research throws light on factors associated with the decline of Britain’s hedgehogs

Hedgehog by Miroslav Hlavko/Shutterstock.com

Results from the first systematic survey of rural hedgehog populations in England and Wales using footprint tracking tunnels has been published in Scientific Reports. Summary of findings This was the first systematic survey of rural hedgehog populations in England and Wales using footprint tracking tunnels to measure the presence / absence of hedgehogs Hedgehogs were present …

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Indonesian songbird faces imminent extinction

Black winged Myna Photo Credit: Evros Damianou

Just 20 years ago, the black-winged mynas were common enough to be listed at Least Concern and could be still easily observed in the wild. Now, global conservation partnership BirdLife International estimates that there may be as few as 500 left in the wild and list it as Critically Endangered. In the largest study of …

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Dance to save lions

dancing lions photo credit Ruaha Carnivore project

We’ve supported a range of interesting conservation projects over the years but dance parties to celebrate lions is unique! In this guest blog post Amy Dickman from the Ruaha Carnivore Project explains how working with local people has changed the fortunes of lions. Lion Defender dancing events grow more and more popular  In the Barabaig …

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Hedgehog housing census – the results are in!

Ann Stratford Hedgehog Street

Survey results reveal the secrets to creating a hedgehog’s perfect home…. School’s out for the summer so what better way to spend an afternoon than by creating your own hedgehog house, to help the nation’s favourite mammal from further decline. The Hedgehog Street team is urging people to help hedgehogs by building them the perfect …

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