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Rough Hill Orchard Update

Rough Hill in the sun Feb 18 500x500

Winter might look like a quiet time for orchards but it is a busy season for orchard management. Laura Bower, Conservation Officer, gives us an update on Rough Hill and the work to convert this once neglected orchard into a wildlife haven. Since we were last at Rough Hill, it has been flailed and looks …

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Day and night in the life of a Bechstein’s bat researcher

Bechstein's (photo credit: Henry Schofield)

Bechstein’s is one of the rarest British bats as their preferred woodland homes are being destroyed or intensively managed. The challenges of studying an elusive night flying animal means much remains to be learned about this wonderful species.   In this guest blog post Patrick Wright, PhD researcher at Exeter University, gives us a glimpse …

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Press Release: Hedgehogs on the Edge

hedgehog in house by Ann Stratford Hedgehog Street

Hedgehogs on the Edge: new report shows hedgehogs plummet by half in British countryside At least half the population of our native hedgehogs has been lost from the British countryside over the last two decades, warn two wildlife charities in a report issued today, Wednesday 7 February 2018. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018, published …

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Hedgehogs on the Edge

Ann Stratford Hedgehog Street

Hedgehogs on the Edge: new report shows hedgehogs plummet by half in British countryside At least half the population of our native hedgehogs has been lost from the British countryside over the last two decades, warn two wildlife charities in a report issued today, Wednesday 7 February 2018. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018, published …

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A day in the life of a wildlife educator

Barbary macaque

Many of the solutions to helping protect some of our most endangered species involve working with local communities to raise awareness of the issues and solutions. This vital conservation tool is very different from much of the work researchers do but it has the rewards of watching people inspired by your work coming together to …

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Volunteer Wild Woodland Weekend

Boardwalk going in (credit: Laura Bower)

20th January 2018 saw 50 volunteers descend on Briddlesford Woods, our nature reserve on the Isle of Wight. It might have been a damp weekend but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our superstar volunteers! 70m of hedge layed 12m of boardwalk installed Oak tree cage erected Large sycamores felled and large area cleared of …

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Saiga antelope update

Saigas by Eugeny Polonski

Sudden death of hundreds of thousands of saiga antelope The sudden death of over 200,000 saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan in May 2015, more than 80% of the affected population and more than 60% of the global population of this species, baffled the world. In just three weeks, entire herds of tens of thousands of healthy …

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As the sun sets on 2017…

Welsh sunrise

The shortest day of the year will soon be upon us and we’re celebrating all the best bits of winter. Migrating birds arriving in their thousands, the feeling of fresh snow underfoot and an excuse to drink hot chocolate at the end of a wintry walk. Of course one of the best things about winter …

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Our favourite trees

Screaming apple tree

To celebrate National Tree Week we have asked some of our staff about their favourite trees. These might not feature on any of the top trees in the country lists but they are all special in their own way.

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Day in the life of hazel dormouse researchers

dormouse in tree by Rudd Foppen

Project background There are currently several methods used to survey for hazel dormice including nest tubes, nest boxes, nut searching and nest searching. However, these scarce, arboreal small mammals can be difficult to detect and it is uncertain which method or combination of methods works best in different habitat types.  This project compares the existing …

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New ‘Hedgehog Species Champion’ appointed

Hedgehog by Ali Taylor

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom & Ewell and Secretary of State for Transport has become the new ‘Species Champion’ for the UK’s native hedgehog. The team behind Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign set up to help halt the ongoing decline in native hedgehog numbers, presented Chris Grayling with a special ‘Species Champion’ …

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Hedgehog by Ali Taylor

  For immediate release: 23 October 2017   New ‘Hedgehog Species Champion’ appointed   The Rt Hon Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom & Ewell and Secretary of State for Transport has become the new ‘Species Champion’ for the UK’s native hedgehog.   The team behind Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign set up to help halt …

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