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Rough Hill Orchard Update

Rough Hill Sept 2017 (Credit: E Thomas)

Roughing it at Rough Hill  Laura Bower (our Conservation Officer) and three other keen members of staff have just been to visit Rough Hill, our orchard in Worcestershire, where they met up with our fantastic group of volunteers at their monthly work party. They got stuck in clearing bramble, grass and weeds away from the young …

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First ever ‘Hedgehog Housing Census’ launched

hedgehog in house by Ann Stratford Hedgehog Street

The UK’s housing crisis is often high on the news agenda, but this August, a more rustic type of accommodation, home to the UK’s smaller, spikier residents, is taking the spotlight. This week, the first ever national Hedgehog Housing Census has been launched by Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign set up by ourselves and the British Hedgehog …

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We are 40!!

Persian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor).

August is our birthday month as People’s Trust for Endangered Species turns 40 years old. PTES exists to conserve species worldwide that are rare or threatened with extinction, which we tackle through education and scientific research to benefit wildlife and people.  Can you help celebrate and protect wildlife for the future by supporting us with a …

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Help us survey Suffolk’s Wood Pasture and Parkland

Veteran Oak in wood pasture. Moccas Park

Wood pasture is an important habitat, positively teeming with life and vital to preserve. Characterised by big old trees growing in open pasture-land, wood pastures are often derived from medieval hunting forests and old wooded commons. The splendid trees they often contain are some of the oldest living things in our country, providing a direct …

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Rare hazel dormice reintroduced into Warwickshire woodland

dormouseinhand

People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and partners, are today releasing 19 breeding pairs of rare hazel dormice into an undisclosed woodland location in Warwickshire, in an attempt to stem the decline of this endangered species. With their soft caramel fur, furry tail and big black eyes, hazel dormice are without question one …

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Hedgehog garden opens at RHS Harlow Carr

hedgehog by C Bell

Our Hedgehog Street inspired garden at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire was unveiled to visitors for the first time this week. Created by award-winning garden designer Tracy Foster, this new, permanent Hedgehog Street garden showcases a smorgasbord of hedgehog-friendly features designed to encourage visitors to the site to make the green spaces on their doorsteps …

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Devil rays receive new protection

Devil ray by Guys Stevens, Manta Trust

New Regulations will be in force from the 4th April 2017! The highly threatened devil ray has received a new level of protection at a recent international meeting on wildlife trade. PTES grantee Jane Hosegood updated us on this latest good news after attending the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Johannesburg. She …

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Celebrating women in conservation

Dr Amy Dickman Amy is a conservation biologist at the University of Oxford, in the Department of Zoology. Her work focuses “mainly upon understanding the drivers of conflict between humans and large carnivores, and how those issues can be best addressed.” She also has an interest in wider aspects of carnivore ecology and conservation, and …

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Progress for Persian leopards

Iran - Persian Leopard

At the end of last year we launched an appeal to fund vital research to save the world’s last Persian leopards. And we are pleased to say we have had hundreds of generous donations. Your gifts were put into immediate action with our project in Iran. Leader Mohammad Farhadinia has reported back this new year with …

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Scotland welcomes back beavers

Beaver by Allard Martinius

As co-funders of the Scottish Beaver Trial we were thrilled to be involved in this project and hear this historic news. Lead partners Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland explain, “Returning beavers to Scotland’s lochs and rivers is the first formal mammal reintroduction in UK history. Today’s announcement is a major success …

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New wildlife gifts

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We have a great variety of quirky and creative gift ideas that will also help the most endangered wildlife across the UK and internationally. New additions to our range include fox-shaped cookie cutters and wildlife-themed ice cube trays – perfect for sweet treats and celebratory drinks! Take a look at our wildlife themed gifts to suit all budgets …

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Rare black dormouse found in Blackdown Hills

Black dormouse

The UK’s first ever black dormouse has been discovered in the Blackdown Hills by National Dormouse Monitoring Programme (NDMP) volunteers. One of Britain’s most threatened mammals, the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) is typically a golden brown colour. In the 1970s, researchers chanced upon a black dormouse in Germany and recently a few more examples were found …

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