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Invasive signal crayfish are having a devastating impact on our native species, which is now in real trouble. The non-native animals need to be removed from our waterways but just removing large numbers of them isn’t working. We need to understand how the sex ratio impacts on the reproductive ability and success of the crayfish …

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European Badger OS

During my internship under supervision of Dr. Christina Buesching at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, I investigated if European badgers (Meles meles) suffer from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). For this research, I focused on two potential candidates: Chlamydia and herpesviruses, which are both well known to cause sexually transmitted infections in people. …

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Camarthenshire by Rob Wolton

People’s Trust for Endangered Species supports the views expressed by the The Wildlife Trusts and many eminent academics and specialists in this field that Brexit would be damaging for Britain’s environment and that our wildlife and habitats will be better off if they continue to benefit from EU environmental legislation and a cross-Europe framework. There are many issues …

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Snow leopard by Steve Tracy, Courtesy of the Snow Leopard Trust

The Great Ikh Hural, Mongolia’s parliament, has approved a proposal to turn the Tost Mountains, a prime snow leopard habitat in the country’s South Gobi province, into a Nature Reserve, one of four categories of State Protected Areas under Mongolian law. Under this designation, only traditional economic activities such as livestock grazing that aren’t harmful to …

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Water vole by Iain Green

The results are in! We are delighted by the response to the first year of our National Water Vole Monitoring Programme, with 188 sites surveyed and data submitted online. This was well over our initial target to survey 100 sites in the first year, so a big thank you to everyone who took part and …

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There are few things as rewarding as seeing science directly contribute to improved policy. We were thrilled to learn this month that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (also known as CITES, the UN body tasked with ensuring sustainability in the global wildlife trade) recently announced the suspension of all exports of the …

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Little owl Sue Berry Shutterstock square

The PTES orchard team is joining forces with the UK Little Owl Project to help discover more about their distribution decline. We want to assess the public reception of this species and are also offering free little owl boxes for orchards. Let us know what you think by filling out this short questionnaire. Little owls …

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Sumbe worked closely with Bayara Agvaantseren,  Mongolia Program Director on various snow leopard projects, many of which PTES has helped to fund over the past few year. He was a young promising researcher who hailed from the water-rich Khuvsgul province, but had taken to the arid Gobi desert as his second home. Sumbe joined Bayara’s …

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Hedgehog Miroslav Hlavko shutterstock.com

Following the Hedgehog Street campaign run jointly by People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Russell Armer will initially be introducing hedgehog highways in the gardens on their developments in Grange-over-Sands and Arkholme in Cumbria. Already, the Hedgehog Street campaign has encouraged people to connect over 10,000 gardens across the UK, …

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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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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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