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Planning guidance for protecting orchards now available

Tuesday 20 December, 2016

Apple blossom close

As part of its efforts to halt the alarming decline of traditional orchards, conservation charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species has launched an online Planning Protection Toolkit (, which is designed to help individuals and communities protect orchards and other wildlife-rich sites when development threatens. Since the 1950s the UK has lost around 90% of …

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Support UK and international wildlife this Christmas with our Christmas gift catalogue

Tuesday 18 October, 2016


Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has released its annual Christmas gift catalogue, which showcases a variety of quirky and creative gift ideas that will help the most endangered wildlife across the UK and internationally. This year, new additions include fox-shaped cookie cutters and wildlife-themed ice cube trays – perfect for sweet treats …

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More than one in ten UK species threatened with extinction, new study finds

Wednesday 14 September, 2016

Sir David Attenborough - State of Nature

It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now – that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report. Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have …

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Find your local community orchard with our new interactive map

Monday 15 August, 2016

Bramley apples by Megan Gimber

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has launched the latest element in their ongoing orchard conservation work: an interactive community orchard map that lists around 400 community orchard groups across the UK, found at: PTES has identified over 35,000 traditional orchards remaining in England and over 7,000 in Wales. Alarmingly, this work …

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Record roadkill to help British mammal conservation efforts

Monday 08 August, 2016

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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Rare dormice return to Yorkshire Dales National Park

Thursday 23 June, 2016

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

Monday 20 June, 2016

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!

Wednesday 01 June, 2016

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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Prisoners build over 10,000 nest boxes for rare hazel dormice

Monday 09 May, 2016

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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New trade bans announced for West African seahorse hotspots

Tuesday 05 April, 2016

Dead seahorses in hand

LONDON (23/03/2016) — Exports of a vulnerable seahorse species from two west African countries are now banned, thanks to work carried out by Project Seahorse and funded by UK-based wildlife charity, People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the Mohamd bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. This month the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species …

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New breakthrough in fight against lethal amphibian disease

Monday 29 February, 2016

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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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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