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Record roadkill to help British mammal conservation efforts

Fox by Ben Andrews

It is estimated that each year one million mammals are killed on UK roads. Although it’s not pleasant to see roadkill, recording sightings of dead mammals is important for conservation. This summer, wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is asking the public to record sightings of roadkill as part of their ongoing conservation …

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UK wildlife calendar reshuffled by climate change

Wildflowers in London by Lauren Bishop Vranch

Climate change is already reshuffling the UK’s wildlife calendar, and it’s likely this will continue into the future, according to new research published today in the journal Nature. The results suggest that seasonal events -such as the timing of flowering in plants and breeding in birds – are generally more sensitive to temperature change, than …

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Rare dormice return to Yorkshire Dales National Park

dormouse in hand

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are today [Thursday 23 June] releasing 38 rare hazel dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius) into an undisclosed woodland location near Aysgarth in the National Park in an attempt to stem the decline of the species. Once a familiar sight throughout much of …

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Celebrate creepy crawlies during National Insect Week by recording your stag beetle sightings

male and female stag beetles by Ross Bower

One week in June is dedicated to celebrating the most diverse and ecologically important group of terrestrial invertebrates that are often overlooked – insects. People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) works to conserve many UK species including the stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) and, to coincide with National Insect Week (20-26 June 2016), PTES is asking …

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Fruit, glorious fruit!

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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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