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 Friends of the Earth analysed unpublished Forestry Commission data and found that there is sufficient suitable land for an additional 3.2m hectares of trees on top of existing woodland, which would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

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive: Cloning old growth trees like the redwood to combat climate change

Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is on a mission to save the world by planting trees – mainly by propagating the world’s most important old growth trees, cloning them, and reforesting them. The Michigan-based environmental organisation clones champion trees, the biggest and tallest of their species, to preserve their genetics and to combat climate change. In 2018, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive planted a “super grove” of … Continue reading Archangel Ancient Tree Archive: Cloning old growth trees like the redwood to combat climate change

WildEast: New charitable foundation aims to return 20% of East Anglia back to nature

WildEast, a new charitable foundation launched by East Anglia-based farmers, is aiming to return 250,000 hectares of the east of England region to nature over the next 50 years. The foundation aims to reintroduce several key species to the region including lynx, pelicans and beavers; champion regenerative farming to restore soil health; work with local schools to teach children about the importance of biodiversity, farming … Continue reading WildEast: New charitable foundation aims to return 20% of East Anglia back to nature

Seawater Greenhouse: Using seawater and sunshine to grow crops in deserts

Seawater Greenhouse has developed horticultural solutions for some of the most arid of conditions by utilising two abundant resources – sunshine and seawater – to grow crops in hot and desert environments. Through a method of desalination, these completely solar-powered greenhouse operations use saltwater – piped directly from the sea into wells – to create ideal growing conditions. Using solar power to pump in seawater from the … Continue reading Seawater Greenhouse: Using seawater and sunshine to grow crops in deserts

Big Butterfly Count: UK-wide survey calls on people to count butterflies to help map and measure populations

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is calling on people to count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright and preferably sunny weather, as part of this year’s Big Butterfly Count. The UK-wide survey simply asks you to spend 15 minutes in an outdoor space counting the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) you see. Big Butterfly Count which kickstarted yesterday (17 July) will run … Continue reading Big Butterfly Count: UK-wide survey calls on people to count butterflies to help map and measure populations

The Metropolitan Forest: Madrid reveals plans to develop “the largest green infrastructure to be built in Europe”

Madrid authorities are looking to develop a 74km-long forest belt around the city’s perimeters, in what could be “the largest green infrastructure to be built in Europe in the next decade”. Hailed as El Bosque Metropolitano (the Metropolitan Forest), the huge “environmental belt” will involve the planting of more than 450,000 trees. Endemic tree species such as holly oaks, pines, poplars and strawberry trees will … Continue reading The Metropolitan Forest: Madrid reveals plans to develop “the largest green infrastructure to be built in Europe”

New nature experiment testing the link between nature connectedness and wellbeing calls for volunteers to participate in activities

A new research project investigating the relationship between nature connectedness and wellbeing is looking for thousands of volunteers from across the UK to participate in nature-based activities for an eight-day period. Launched by the British Science Association alongside the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and the University of Derby, the project is asking the public to get up close and personal with nature to determine what … Continue reading New nature experiment testing the link between nature connectedness and wellbeing calls for volunteers to participate in activities