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Fruit, glorious fruit!

Wednesday 01 June, 2016

Apple varieties (8)

People’s Trust for Endangered Species launches the first ‘FruitFinder’ database as part of ongoing orchard conservation They say variety is the spice of life, but how many apple varieties have you tasted, and how many are there? You might be surprised to know, given that most supermarkets only stock about eight apple varieties, that there …

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Rhino poached in Manas

Friday 20 May, 2016

Greater one horned rhino

We were sad to learn that a male rhino calf was poached and its horn taken in Manas National Park reserve earlier this month after more than a year with no poaching incidents in the area. The young rhino, just over 3.5 years old, was itself orphaned after the poaching of its mother when it was …

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Can changing the sex ratio of signal crayfish help us control their numbers?

Thursday 12 May, 2016

Connor Wood

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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Can badger catch STDs?

Wednesday 11 May, 2016

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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Prisoners build over 10,000 nest boxes for rare hazel dormice

Monday 09 May, 2016

Dormouse box number 228 square

UK conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has been working in partnership with HMP Doncaster and HMP Humber in order help wider conservation efforts to save the rare hazel dormouse, whose population numbers have fallen dramatically over the last century. Since 2010, men at both prison sites have built 10,963 dormouse nest boxes …

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EU referendum and conservation

Monday 25 April, 2016

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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Mongolia to create new protected area for snow leopards

Friday 22 April, 2016

Snow leopard face 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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National Water Vole Monitoring Programme enters second year

Thursday 14 April, 2016

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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New research leads to conservation win for West African seahorses

Friday 08 April, 2016

seahorse square

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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Living with Mammals – take part in our survey

Wednesday 06 April, 2016

European Badger OS

The Living with Mammals survey is easy to take part in. All you need to do is select a local green space that you can visit regularly – in at least 8 weeks from now until the end of June. This could be your garden or allotment, a local park or a playing field. You …

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Beetle Mania in Hyde Park

Friday 01 April, 2016

Male stag beetle in hand by Aimi MacInnes SQUARE

Join Laura Bower, People’s Trust for Endangered Species’ resident beetle expert, and M.G. Leonard, author of children’s novel Beetle Boy, for a family Discovery Day at the Royal Parks Foundation’s Education Centre in the heart of Hyde Park on Wednesday 6th April. Laura will be talking about Britain’s spectacular stag beetles and our Great Stag …

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New breakthrough in fight against lethal amphibian disease

Monday 29 February, 2016

healthy mountain chicken in the wild Andrew Cunningham

Published in the journal Biological Conservation and conducted in partnership with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the University of Kent, Chester Zoo and the Government of Montserrat, the paper describes how the established antifungal drug itraconazole can be used to treat amphibians in the wild during periods of particular risk from chytrid outbreaks. Frogs were …

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