Conservation

£1million fund for research into alternatives to peat announced by Defra

A new £1 million pot for research to help the gardening industry end its reliance on peat has been announced by Environment Minister Richard Benyon. The research funding has been made available as part of the Government’s response to a report from an independent Task Force. Read more »

Defra launches consultation to help beekeepers protect their hives from pests & diseases

New plans to help beekeepers protect their hives from pests and diseases to reduce bee population losses have been unveiled by Defra and the Welsh Government. The proposals will help beekeepers identify and manage pests such as the potentially devastating Varroa mite, considered the single greatest problem for beekeepers. Read more »

This year choose a fair trade Christmas tree from Fairwind

Have you ever wondered where real Christmas trees come from? No doubt at that hectic time of year you don’t have time to give it a second thought.

But if you knew that the most popular kind of tree, the Nordmann Fir tree, started life in a remote area of Georgia (formerly part of USSR) and that people are injured or even die so that we can decorate a tree for a few days, maybe you would start thinking? Read more »

In reaction to the Ash Dieback tragedy, Confor suggests an action plan for dealing with pests and diseases

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Ash dieback (Credit Forestry Commission)

Confor has drawn up an action plan on pests and diseases following the identification of Chalara fraxinea (ash dieback) in the UK. Ash dieback has been confirmed in 155 sites (as at 13 November 2012), mostly in eastern England, but clustered in East Anglia and the southeast. Read more »

Wildlife conservation champion Ofir Drori honoured by Duke of Edinburgh

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Ofir Drori with a confiscated chimp

The prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Medal has been awarded this year to one of our generation’s great wildlife conservation heroes: Ofir Drori, Founder of LAGA - The Last Great Ape Organisation. Read more »

‘Disconnected children’ mean nature is at risk

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Family feeding ducks and geese at Dove Stone RSPB reserve, March 2011. (Ben Hall rspb-images.com)

The RSPB has developed a brand new approach to measure how connected children are to nature, working with leading academics at the University of Essex. It comes as a result of growing concerns over generations of children with little or no contact with the natural world and wildlife.

The lack of connection to their environment is one of the biggest threats to UK nature, according to the RSPB. Read more »

Animal welfare & conservation heroes from around the UK set to receive awards

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Vikki Fowler

Animal welfare heroes are set to receive prestigious awards for their outstanding work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The awards take place tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd October at IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards. The ceremony will be hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale with the awards presented by Queen legend Brian May. Read more »

Animal welfare & conservation heroes from around the UK set to receive awards

Animal welfare heroes are set to receive prestigious awards for their outstanding work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The awards take place tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd October at IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards. The ceremony will be hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale with the awards presented by Queen legend Brian May. Read more »

The National Arboretum celebrates a project to engage new groups with botanic gardens

Members of the Macular Disease Society, Awaz Utaoh and the Forestry Commission looking at photographs of the Hidden Voices workshops. Credit Paul Groom/ Forestry Commission

A celebration has taken place at the Forestry Commission's National Arboretum at Westonbirt to celebrate a project that engaged new audiences with botanic gardens.

The Macular Disease Society, Bristol Drugs Project and Asian women's group Awaz Utaoh took part in the Hidden Voices project led by the Forestry Commission's learning and participation team at Westonbirt Arboretum. Read more »

The Last Fishermen: catching local & eating local will help preserve our oceans and fish

This is a beautiful film from Greenpeace UK - worth watching in its own right. But it also carries a powerful message: we need to support our small-scale fishermen in the UK. Read more »

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