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The late Ananto Boro

Today we received the sad news that game watcher and park guard Ananta Boro of Manas National Park  was attacked and killed by a wild elephant while on duty in November. Mr Boro was part of a team working to protect wildlife in nature reserves in Assam, India against poaching and other threats. He was part of …

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Giving Tuesday

Donate online [Time: 5 minutes / Money: £-£££] Let’s start with the obvious stuff. For those short on time but with a few pounds to spare, donating online is the fastest route to feel-good giving. Almost all charities take online card payments and will also be happy if you wanted to use Giving Tuesday as …

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Saigas by Eugeny Polonski

Professor E.J. Milner-Gulland at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science responds to articles suggesting that saigas are headed for extinction. A recent article in the New York Times suggested that the recent massive die-off of saigas in Kazakhstan is “not going to be something the species can survive”, quoting my collaborator Professor Richard Kock. The quote …

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Hedgehog Miroslav Hlavko shutterstock.com

A new report published today by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) shows a continuing decline in hedgehog numbers, in both rural and urban landscapes. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2015 follows the first comprehensive review of the status of hedgehogs nationally in 2011.  Since this first report, …

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Triangle moth

Several unusual and important moth species have been recorded at Briddlesford Copse this year, demonstrating the high quality habitat that it provides for a wide range of fauna. A study by the Isle of Wight Natural History Society in August discovered the tiny Triangle moth (Heterogenea asella), a rare macro moth with a wingspan typically …

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Dormouse on bridge

Infrared video footage of rare hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) in the wild has been captured at a nature reserve on the Isle of Wight. The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) footage is significant because it shows dormice on a special bridge designed to help this tree-dwelling species cross barriers created by humans in the …

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We have seen a dramatic loss in the number of traditional orchards over the last few decades, with 90% of traditional orchards disappearing from our landscape. Condition assessments show that of those remaining, only 9% provide ‘excellent’ long term wildlife habitat, with 45% in ‘declining’ condition. This is a disaster for the thousands of species that live in …

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hedgehog by Sheila Lodey

Join us and British Hedgehog Preservation Society for a new public event for anyone passionate, fascinated or worried about the UK’s favourite wild animal. On 21st November 2015 at Telford International Centre, we will be hosting talks, stalls, refreshments and a sandwich lunch, with over 400 people who share a passion for hedgehogs. Book tickets The programme …

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lion by WildCRU

We were appalled to hear about the illegal killing of Cecil the lion, as we are sure you were too. This magnificent lion was part of a long term study run by our colleagues and grantees at WildCRU, University of Oxford. You can read their latest statement on this work and the effect of the …

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hazel dormouse in hand

This week saw our latest hazel dormouse release to a secret woodland location in Nottinghamshire in an attempt to stem the further decline one of our rarest mammals. Dormice were once widespread throughout much of England and Wales, but over the past 100 years, their range and population has diminished significantly due to the loss of …

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noble chafer beetle

The PTES orchard team headed to Buckinghamshire last week following a hunch that noble chafer (Gnorimus nobilis) could be present at an orchard for which they had been asked for management advice; and they were right. This exciting discovery was at a large 80 or 90 year old orchard at Cheddington, a couple of miles from …

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Panut receiving Whitley awards

We were delighted to hear that our past grantee Panut Hadisiswoyo has been awarded with a Whitley Award- a prestigious international nature conservation award. Panut is the Director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in Sumatra and has been working tirelessly to protect wildlife and rainforests for many years. He received his award from HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal …

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