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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.

Spanish slugs: Public urged to report sightings
BBC, 19/10/13 -- Scientists are asking people to report sightings of Spanish slugs, to see how much of a threat they are to Britain. The Spanish slug is much larger, and more resistant to slug pellets than species native to the UK.
World's biggest insect is so huge it eats carrots
The Telegraph, 17/10/13 -- Adventurer Mark Moffett has found the world's biggest insect - which is so huge it can eat carrots.
Bee-friendly plants put to the test
BBC, 17/10/13 -- Researchers have used an experimental garden to put pollinator-friendly plants to the test. The University of Sussex scientists counted the number of insects visiting the plants in their garden. They say their findings show that insect-friendly plants are just as pretty, cheap and easy to grow as less pollinator-friendly varieties.
Discovering a new species: Omani owl, Strix omanensis
The Sound Approach, 04/10/13 -- This blog tells the story of the first new bird species to be discovered in Arabia for 77 years, when a new species of owl was discovered in the Al Hajar mountains of Oman
Is a constructive conservation approach the last chance for biodiversity? A pragmatic approach to saving what can be saved
ScienceDaily, 10/10/13 -- How can biodiversity be preserved in a world in which traditional ecosystems are increasingly being displaced by "human-made nature"? Biologists at the TU Darmstadt and ETH Zurich have developed a new concept for conservation measures that incorporates current landscapes formerly considered ecologically "of little value."
New study points to positive impact of nature on mental wellbeing
Natural England, 08/10/13 -- A new report published today has tested the commonly held theory that the natural environment is good for people’s mental wellbeing.
Health of oceans 'declining fast'
BBC, 03/10/13 -- The health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating even faster than had previously been thought, a report says. A review from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), warns that the oceans are facing multiple threats.
Scientist finds possible new tick species in his nose
Entomology Today, 02/10/13 -- In June 2012 Tony Goldberg, associate director for research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, returned from one of his frequent trips to Kibale National Park, an almost 500-square-mile forest in western Uganda where he studies how infectious diseases spread and evolve in the wild. But he didn’t return alone...
Caribou May Be Indirectly Affected by Sea-Ice Loss in the Arctic
ScienceDaily, 01/10/13 -- Melting sea ice in the Arctic may be leading, indirectly, to fewer caribou calf births and higher calf mortality in Greenland, according to scientists at Penn State University.
Europe's key animals 'making a comeback'
BBC, 26/09/13 -- Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests. Conservationists say species such as bears, wolves, lynx, eagles and vultures have increased in numbers. They believe that protection, curbs on hunting and people moving away from rural areas and into cities have helped Europe's wildlife to recover.

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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?
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14.62% 31 (14.62%)
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