New Guinea has the highest plant diversity of any island in the world, according to new study

New Guinea – home to more than 13,500 species of plants – has the most plant diversity of any island in the world, according to a new study. A group of more than 90 botanists from 56 institutions in 19 countries worked with a wide array of samples. They found that the island has 13,634 species from 1,742 genera and 264 families, with New Guinea surpassing plant … Continue reading New Guinea has the highest plant diversity of any island in the world, according to new study

Species on the Edge: Nature project aims to save more than 40 of Scotland’s most vulnerable

More than 40 of Scotland’s most vulnerable coastal and island species are the focus of a new campaign, Species on the Edge, which aims to save Scotland’s nature for future generations. By focusing on species that are quite literally “on the edge”, the project will work with some of the most geographically remote and diverse communities in Scotland to take practical action to save such … Continue reading Species on the Edge: Nature project aims to save more than 40 of Scotland’s most vulnerable

Tigers on the rise: New sightings in Thailand forest for the first time in four years

Tigers have been spotted in an area of a forest in Western Thailand for the first time in four years, according to conservation group Panthera. Camera traps have captured footage of three male tigers roaming at night, including at one point peering directly into one of the camera traps. There are estimated to be about 160 Indochinese tigers left in the wild in Thailand. They … Continue reading Tigers on the rise: New sightings in Thailand forest for the first time in four years

Gjenge Makers: Kenyan startup creates sustainable and durable construction materials including paving bricks from recycled plastic

Kenyan startup Gjenge Makers have devised a solution for plastic waste pollution by recycling and upcycling waste plastic into construction products such as paving bricks. Made from a composite of recycled plastic and sand, Gjenge Makers’ paving bricks offer durability and strength. Tests found that the paving bicks were able to hold twice the weight threshold of concrete blocks. Gjenge Makers aims to become the … Continue reading Gjenge Makers: Kenyan startup creates sustainable and durable construction materials including paving bricks from recycled plastic

Two new woodlands to be created in London, with 140,000 trees to be planted

Two new woodlands, spanning over 84 hectares and with some 140,000 trees planted, will be created in London’s Green Belt, with the aim to improve the quality and access to areas which were previously inaccessible to the public. The woodlands will be located in London’s Green Belt, the majority of which is not public open space despite making up 22% of the capital’s land area.   The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has … Continue reading Two new woodlands to be created in London, with 140,000 trees to be planted

The Condor & The Eagle: Movie documents climate crisis through the eyes of Indigenous land defenders

The climate crisis is viewed through the eyes of Indigenous land defenders in the new documentary The Condor and the Eagle. The Condor and the Eagle profiles four Indigenous leaders on a journey from the Boreal forest to the heart of the Amazon while leading a resistance against environmental devastation and fossil fuel dependency and finding a way towards a sustainable future. From the tar … Continue reading The Condor & The Eagle: Movie documents climate crisis through the eyes of Indigenous land defenders

Prints for Wildlife: Fundraiser to support African wildlife and communities

More than 60 wildlife photographers from around the world have come together to create a fundraising campaign to support the protection of critical wild ecosystems and local communities in Africa. The campaign, Prints for Wildlife, aims to raise funds to ensure protected areas in Africa continue to deliver benefits to people and wildlife during the COVID pandemic. The Prints for Wildlife fundraiser runs from 26 … Continue reading Prints for Wildlife: Fundraiser to support African wildlife and communities

England has enough land to triple tree cover, official data reveals

England could triple tree cover in England without impacting on other priority habitats such as peat bogs, according to Friends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth analysed unpublished Forestry Commission data and found that there is sufficient suitable land for an additional 3.2m hectares of trees on top of existing woodland, which would take England’s tree cover, from the current level of 10%  to 35%. … Continue reading England has enough land to triple tree cover, official data reveals

National Marine Week: Find out more about and celebrate shores and seas with The Wildlife Trusts’ annual event

National Marine Week is calling on all to celebrate marine wildlife “from the comfort of your own home with a DIY rockpool ramble or a socially distanced sea-watch”. National Marine Week will see The Wildlife Trusts host a programme of events including online webinars, virtual tours of the shore and even Zoom-based beach tot events where mini marine biologists can learn about the wonders of … Continue reading National Marine Week: Find out more about and celebrate shores and seas with The Wildlife Trusts’ annual event

England’s first reintroduced pine martens give birth to kits in the Forest of Dean

Efforts to reintroduce pine martens back to the Forest of Dean have just reached a major milestone – a number of the recently released females have given birth to kits. The project is the first formal reintroduction in England and aims to boost the recovery of pine martens in the country. Extensive hunting and loss of woodlands over the last two centuries had resulted in … Continue reading England’s first reintroduced pine martens give birth to kits in the Forest of Dean