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Saigas can survive! by E.J. Milner-Gulland

Monday 30 November, 2015

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

Saturday 21 November, 2015

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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Significant moth species found at Briddlesford Copse

Monday 16 November, 2015

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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Press release: Dormouse video shows positive signs for rare species

Friday 06 November, 2015

Dormouse on bridge

Infrared video footage of rare hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) in the wild has been captured at a nature reserve on the Isle of Wight. The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) footage is significant because it shows dormice on a special bridge designed to help this tree-dwelling species cross barriers created by humans in the …

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Grants available for orchard owners

Wednesday 04 November, 2015

We have seen a dramatic loss in the number of traditional orchards over the last few decades, with 90% of traditional orchards disappearing from our landscape. Condition assessments show that of those remaining, only 9% provide ‘excellent’ long term wildlife habitat, with 45% in ‘declining’ condition. This is a disaster for the thousands of species that live in …

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NEW EVENT: The Day of the Hedgehog

Monday 10 August, 2015

hedgehog by Sheila Lodey

Join us and British Hedgehog Preservation Society for a new public event for anyone passionate, fascinated or worried about the UK’s favourite wild animal. On 21st November 2015 at Telford International Centre, we will be hosting talks, stalls, refreshments and a sandwich lunch, with over 400 people who share a passion for hedgehogs. Book tickets The programme …

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Support for Cecil the lion

Friday 31 July, 2015

lion by WildCRU

We were appalled to hear about the illegal killing of Cecil the lion, as we are sure you were too. This magnificent lion was part of a long term study run by our colleagues and grantees at WildCRU, University of Oxford. You can read their latest statement on this work and the effect of the …

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Dormice reintroduced to Nottinghamshire

Friday 19 June, 2015

hazel dormouse in hand

This week saw our latest hazel dormouse release to a secret woodland location in Nottinghamshire in an attempt to stem the further decline one of our rarest mammals. Dormice were once widespread throughout much of England and Wales, but over the past 100 years, their range and population has diminished significantly due to the loss of …

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Rare beetle discovery

Thursday 11 June, 2015

noble chafer beetle

The PTES orchard team headed to Buckinghamshire last week following a hunch that noble chafer (Gnorimus nobilis) could be present at an orchard for which they had been asked for management advice; and they were right. This exciting discovery was at a large 80 or 90 year old orchard at Cheddington, a couple of miles from …

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PTES grantee wins ‘green Oscar’!

Thursday 14 May, 2015

Panut receiving Whitley awards

We were delighted to hear that our past grantee Panut Hadisiswoyo has been awarded with a Whitley Award- a prestigious international nature conservation award. Panut is the Director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in Sumatra and has been working tirelessly to protect wildlife and rainforests for many years. He received his award from HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal …

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Rhino numbers up in Assam

Monday 27 April, 2015

Greater one horned rhino

We were thrilled to hear the promising news that rhino numbers have increased in Assam, India this week. PTES grantee Dr. Pranjal Bezbarua wrote to tell us that despite continuous poaching incidents in Kaziranga National Park, the population of greater one-horned rhinos has showed a gradual increase. The recent census showed 2401 rhinos and increase of …

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The race to save Ratty- First national water vole survey launches

Thursday 02 April, 2015

Water vole and lesser celandine resized by Iain Green

Water voles are disappearing. They started to lose their homes in the 1940s and 50s with the intensification of agriculture, but the most devastating factor to their demise came during the 1980s and 90s. Illegally released American mink spread furiously across the countryside preying on the vulnerable native mammals, and continue to do so today. …

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