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National Water Vole Monitoring Programme enters second year

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

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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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Living with Mammals – take part in our survey

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

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

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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Little owl orchard project

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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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Remembering Sumbe Tomorsukh

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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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Russell Armer Homes builds holes for ‘hogs

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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Sad news from Manas National Park

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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7 tips for Giving Tuesday

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 can survive! by E.J. Milner-Gulland

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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Press release: New report suggests a continuing decline in hedgehogs

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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