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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.

Hope for rare Cumbrian freshwater pearl mussels
BBC, 22/09/13 -- Conservationists are giving a helping hand to west Cumbria's freshwater pearl mussel population.
Blobfish wins ugliest animal vote
BBC, 12/09/13 -- The grumpy-looking, gelatinous blobfish has won a public vote to become the official mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. The society's President hopes the campaign will draw attention to the threats facing these weird and wonderful creatures.
Horsetail plant spores use 'legs' to walk and jump
BBC, 11/09/13 -- Researchers in France have discovered a strange new type of movement in plants - tiny spores that walk and jump. The researchers used high speed cameras to find out how horsetail (Equisetum) spores dispersed. This revealed that the microscopic spores' "legs" curl and uncurl when the moisture levels change, causing them to appear to crawl around or even to spring from the ground.
UK's rarest lizards return to sand dunes
BBC, 11/09/13 -- Rare sand lizards have been released on sand dunes in North Wales in a bid to revive ailing populations. Seventy juveniles have been released on the Flintshire coast and a total of 400 will be reintroduced through the week to sites in Merseyside, Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset. Sand lizards have suffered dramatic declines due to habitat loss.
Water voles 'decline by a fifth'. We ask: have you ever seen one?
BBC, 06/09/13 -- Water voles have declined by a fifth in the UK since 2011, a survey suggests. Conservationists say that habitat loss, predation by American mink, and changeable weather are to blame. The research was carried out by the Environment Agency and Wildlife Trusts, who are working to create more vole-friendly waterways.
Biologists try anti-terror technology to 'spy' on corals
Greenwire, 03/09/13 -- Coral ecologists are taking a page out of the national security playbook: facial recognition technology. Techniques that can pick a terrorist out of a crowd are being adapted for underwater images, producing data on reefs in record time.
Skin-eating fungus is wiping out fire salamanders
New Scientist, 02/09/2013 -- A relative of the killer chytrid fungus that has devastated frog populations is sweeping through salamanders undetected. The fungus, which eats through skin, has practically wiped out fire salamanders in the Netherlands.
Second badger cull believed to have begun in Gloucestershire
BBC, 04/09/2013 -- More than 100 anti badger-cull protestors spent the night in west Gloucestershire aiming to witness or disrupt the government pilot scheme, which began in Somerset last week.
In pictures: Photo competition celebrates ecology
The winning photos from the British Ecological Society's annual photography competition.
Forest fragmentation leading to higher extinction rates
The world's species are in worse trouble than widely-assumed, according to re-evaluation of how scientists estimate extinction rates. The new model takes into account the impact of forest fragmentation on extinction rates for the first time, filling in a gap in past estimates.

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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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