wildlife ecology News

  • Hilary Benn announces review of England’s wildlife and ecological network

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today announced a review of England’s wildlife and ecological network, including its links with our National Parks and its ability to adapt to climate change and other pressures To report by June 2010, the review will explore if our collection of sites represents a coherent and robust ecological network for England, capable of responding to the challenges of ...


  • Metronet on track to protect wildlife

    A recent Metronet report highlighted the ecological importance of the London Underground, home to a staggering wealth of wildlife. Badgers, water voles and grass snakes are just a few of the species that can be found in the variety of habitats along the side of the track in the outer reaches of the London Underground network. Metronet are responsible for renewing two thirds of the network ...


    By Atkins

  • Drainage tunnels provide safe road crossings for wildlife

    Drainage tunnels running under roads can provide small animals with safe road crossings, mitigating habitat fragmentation, a new study has confirmed. The researchers suggest that the tunnel design can be further improved to aid animal movements, for example, by providing dry ledges to ensure the routes are still available in times of high rainfall. The expansion of road networks through rural ...

  • Northamptonshire river work will benefit people and wildlife

    An exciting project is underway to improve a Northamptonshire river for people and wildlife. The Environment Agency is working with four other organisations on the £48,000 project to improve habitats on the river Nene at Duston Mill on the southern outskirts of Northampton. Work will include altering the channel to improve habitats and create more diverse flows that will benefit fish, ...

  • ExxonMobil Chemical Headquarters Earns Wildlife Certification

    Wildlife at Work certification recognizes commitment to the environment Wildlife Habitat Council President commends ExxonMobil Employee involvement key in achieving greater ecological sustainability HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Wildlife Habitat ...


    By ExxonMobil

  • Endangered Ecosystem `Red List` to Identify Threats to Environments of Wildlife and Humans

    A first-of-its-kind red list of globally threatened ecosystems has the potential to complement the policy successes of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, according to a recent article led by EcoHealth Alliance's Jon Paul Rodriguez NEW YORK - A recent article by a group of 21 scientists led by ...


    By EcoHealth Alliance

  • Increased Eelgrass in Long Island Sound is Good News for Fish and Wildlife

    Between 2009 and 2012, eelgrass, an underwater plant that forms meadows that are ecologically important for fish and shellfish, increased by 4.5 percent in Long Island Sound, according to a recently released report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The USFWS National Wetlands Inventory Program assessed 2012 aerial photography for eelgrass at 17 coves, embayments, harbors, and other ...

  • Message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on World Wildlife Day

    For millennia, people and cultures have relied on nature's rich diversity of wild plants and animals for food, clothing, medicine and spiritual sustenance. Wildlife remains integral to our future through its essential role in science, technology and recreation, as well as its place in our continued heritage. That is why the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 March ? the anniversary of ...

  • UN General Assembly Proclaims 3 March as World Wildlife Day

    On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora. In its resolution, the General Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value ...

  • ‘Making space for nature’: a review of England’s wildlife sites published today

    An independent review of England’s wildlife sites and the connections between them was published today, with recommendations to help achieve a healthy natural environment that will allow our plants and animals to thrive. Led by Professor Sir John Lawton, the review was set up to look at our wildlife sites and whether they are capable of responding and adapting to the growing ...

  • Atkins appointed to national ecology framework

    The Environment Agency has contracted Atkins to provide expert ecological advice in freshwater ecology and conservation management across England and Wales. Atkins, the UK’s largest engineering design consultancy, has been appointed to the national Ecological Services Framework Lot 1 which relates to aquatic and terrestrial ecology. This continues its longstanding relationship with the Agency ...


    By Atkins

  • Coordinating cross-border ecological networks

    Establishing ecological networks across national boundaries is recognised as essential to supporting biodiversity. New research in Germany has indicated that these networks could be improved through greater exchange of knowledge and better links with land planning. An ecological network is a set of ecosystems that are linked into large enough areas to host high levels of wildlife. These networks ...

  • World is facing an ecological ‘credit crunch’

    The world is heading for an ecological credit crunch as human demands on the world's natural resources reach nearly a third more than earth can sustain. That is the stark warning contained in the latest edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report, the leading statement of the planet’s health. It shows that species and wildlife continue to decline, and around 50 countries are slipping into a state of ...


    By WWF UK

  • Ecological Catastrophe Overwhelms the Strait of Kerch

    A 'colossal' ecological catastrophe is growing even larger in the Strait of Kerch where at least 10 oil tankers and cargo ships loaded with sulfur were wrecked in a fierce storm on November 11. At least six sailors died in the wreckage. Now the storm in the Strait of Kerch is getting stronger, so it is not possible to stop the flow of oil into the sea and organize its collection and removal. ...

  • Unconventional shale gas and oil: overview of ecological impacts

    Research findings on the wildlife and habitat impacts of unconventional shale gas and oil developments in the US have been collated in a new review. Its authors stress the importance of collecting data on local ecosystems before such developments begin, to allow changes in nature be tracked and aid on-going improvements to management. Unconventional shale oil and gas are already important sources ...

  • ASTM E2385 - 11 standard guide for estimating wildlife exposure using measures of habitat quality

    Explicit consideration of landscape features to characterize the quality of habitat for assessment species can enhance the ecological relevance of an EcoRA. This can help avoid assessing exposure in areas in which a wildlife species would be absent because of a lack of habitat or to bound exposure estimates in areas with low habitat quality. The measure of habitat ...


    By ASTM International

  • Ecological Overshoot Day: pressure on our planet

    It's the perfect storm – Financial markets are falling, our economy is slipping into a recession, according to a report from the Global Footprint Network, of which WWF is a member, we are going into 'debt' when it comes to our ecological resources as well. The annual Ecological Overshoot day shows the point at which we use more of the planet's resource that it can replenish. And because of our ...


    By WWF UK

  • Slick Sleuth™ Helping to Protect an Invaluable Ecological Reserve

    Huntington Beach California is home to the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. It is a 300 acre coastal sanctuary for wildlife and migratory birds, including the endangered California Least Tern. ...


    By InterOcean Systems LLC

  • Ecological approach used to remediate former mining site

    Cleanup of the inactive Burlington Mine site in Boulder County, CO, was initiated in 2003 as a voluntary cleanup overseen by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) pursuant to the Colorado Voluntary Cleanup Redevelopment Act of 1994. An ecological approach was used to improve downstream water quality, reduce surface- and ground-water interaction with contaminated ...

  • Ecology Project International Awarded $10,000 for Galapagos Conservation

    Non-profit Ecology Project International (EPI) received $10,000 from Sea World & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund for their Galapagos Island Ecology Program. The Galapagos Islands, located on the equator 600 miles west of Ecuador’s coast, are a World Heritage Site famous for their endemic flora and fauna. EPI’s program involves local Galapagos youth in hands-on science education ...

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