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Laura Bower, Rough Hill 2021

Our Rough Hill orchard Rough Hill is a traditional apple orchard on the banks of the river Avon in Worcestershire. People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has owned it since 2003, when we decided to save it from neglect and hoped to discover the noble chafer beetle there (PTES had recently become the lead partner …

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Consequences of deforestation and mining Deep in the heart of the Amazon rainforest our Conservation Partner, Adi Barocas, is busy trying to understand how gold mining is impacting one of the jungle’s largest predators: the giant otter, or river wolf (‘lobos de rio’), as they are known locally. Artisanal small-scale mining, informal digging often carried …

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Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Many animals exhibit similar patterns of behaviour throughout the year, whilst others dramatically change theirs with the changing seasons. Hazel dormice, which are usually reluctant to come to the ground during their active season, make a beeline for the forest floor when it’s time to hibernate. Searching for nests Those of us lucky to monitor …

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Protecting wildlife and ensuring habitats flourish is critical in this time of a global biodiversity crisis. Unfortunately, we’re all too aware that many of our wild species are under threat. Human activities are having a huge impact on the natural world; and it urgently needs to stop. However, sometimes it’s not clear how best to …

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Population trends and the NDMP Hazel dormouse numbers have been declining in England and Wales throughout the last century. As a result of this alarming trend, they’ve been listed as Vulnerable on the British Red List for Mammals. The Red List is a measure of how likely a species is to go extinct. It’s a …

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Using dormouse records sent in to the  National Dormouse Monitoring Programme, we’ve been creating a map showing suitable habitat for hazel dormice projected across England. We can then use this map to help work out the best places to release dormice or to identify areas where dormice are most likely to be found. Developing a …

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Hazel dormice class licence CL10a, CL10b survey returns are due to be sent to Natural England from 4th January 2022. This year Natural England is introducing two changes which include new online forms and a £35 charge for continued registration (with exemptions for voluntary use for NDMP monitors). New online forms In October, Natural England introduced …

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Coppicing is a widespread and traditional form of woodland management where trees or shrubs are repeatedly cut at the base, creating a coppice stool, and allowed to regrow, in order to provide a sustainable supply of wood. Layers of a wood If you think of a wood as having different vertical zones, at the bottom would …

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This is a long read summarising my findings from five years studying mountain hares in the Peak District in the context of our changing climate. It’s a sobering thought that our changing climate is already impacting our mountain hares: super furry, white animals that are only found in the high hills of the Peaks and …

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Our intern Claudia Afeltra is helping our cetaceans off the coast of Wales by putting together information about all individuals that have been spotted and photographed. Sometimes animals are seen enough to learn their stories. Claudia was excited to share the story of one of her dolphins, Tigger, who her team thought had died. Tigger …

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The Rt Hon. Boris Johnson MP10 Downing StreetLondonSW1A 2AA 27 October 2021 Dear Prime Minister                                                                                                               Donors call for greater commitments for locally-led nature conservation to reverse biodiversity loss, mitigate climate change, and increase human wellbeing Restoring our relationship with the natural world is critical for humanity’s future. The …

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In the first half of this two-part blog on photographing urban mammals, we looked at the technical aspects of photography and how to use camera settings, composition and light to your advantage. This second half focuses on the animal itself and what you need to think about when planning a shot. Read part one here. …

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