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Nature and Biodiversity News & Views provides a selection of nature-related news items published elsewhere on the web. Links take you to the full story and in some cases we provide comment panels and polls where you can share your views.

Benefits of falling nitrogen pollution understated according to report
NERC Planet Earth Online, 14/01/2014 -- Falling levels of nitrogen in the atmosphere across Europe may be much more economically beneficial than previously believed, according to a recent study. Indeed, scientists think the UK alone benefits by around £65 million a year.
Abundant bugs bring better apples
NERC Planet Earth Online, 15/01/2014 -- Apples from trees pollinated by insects are bigger, rounder, and more desirable, according to new research. The study values the annual contribution of insects to two of Britain's most popular varieties, Cox and Gala, at just under £37 million.
Grey squirrels stop garden birds using feeders
NERC Planet Earth Online, 17/01/2014 -- The presence of grey squirrels at standard, hanging bird feeders cuts the number of birds visiting them by a huge 98 per cent, the latest study reveals.
Framework to aid decisions on translocating species threatened by climate change
Science for Environment Policy, 16/01/2014 -- A new framework to help decide whether to translocate species that are threatened by climate change has been developed. The framework provides a simple method of assessing different strategies and ensuring that limited budgets are used effectively.
High temperatures usher in an early spring among Britain's wildlife
The Telegraph, 11/01/2014 --Despite the storms, this winter in the UK has been one of the warmest on record, and many plants, birds and insects associated with spring are already being spotted
Radar reveals extraordinary ladybird flight paths
NERC Planet Earth, 10/01/14 -- The extraordinary heights and speeds of ladybird flight paths have been revealed for the first time. Scientists examining radar data believe they have spotted the tiny creatures travelling at heights of up to 1100 metres, and at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.
Penguins may be scaling sheer cliffs to defy climate change
NERC Planet Earth, 09/01/2014 -- Emperor penguins may be able to adapt if rising temperatures melt their sea-ice habitat, say scientists. Until now, researchers thought these penguins established breeding colonies on sea ice, which may be vulnerable to climate change. But using satellite technology, researchers have discovered that in warmer-than-usual years some colonies breed on an ice shelf - a much thicker and more stable area of glacial ice.
Public asked to take part in bird survey to assess effects of light pollution
BBC, 08/01/2014 -- The British Trust for Ornithology is asking the public to take part in a survey to assess the effect of light and heat pollution on garden birds. The charity is asking people to get up before sunrise (about 08:00 GMT) on Thursday 9 January, to monitor their garden bird feeders. Participants should record the times at which they see up to 10 different species arrive.
Destruction of ancient woodland 'highly unlikely'
BBC, 04/01/2014 -- It is "highly unlikely" ancient woodland would be destroyed under new plans to speed up the planning process, the government has insisted. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson had suggested in the Times lost trees could be replaced by planting more elsewhere.
Abandoned farmland widespread in central and eastern Europe
Science for Environment Policy, 19/12/2013 -- A new study suggests that abandoned farmland is widespread in Europe and that not all land that has been abandoned is unsuitable for farming. Understanding how abandoned farmland is distributed may be important for making land management decisions – for instance, recultivation versus reversion to forest.

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The decline in bee populations is a big concern. Does it concern you? Answer our Poll below and also check out the Big Bumblebee Discovery (Summer 2014)!
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How concerned are you about declining bee populations?
63.68% 135 (63.68%)
14.62% 31 (14.62%)
21.70% 46 (21.70%)
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