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Ash trees: Do they have a future?

Fraxinus excelsior. Photo © Jan van der StraatenIn early November, Chalara dieback disease was confirmed to be affecting ash trees at 115 sites across the UK, including 61 sites in the wider environment. So, what does this mean for the future of UK ash trees?

Added 14 November 2012

Why living close to nature may be good for you

Buttercup meadow. Photo: © A. Sier"Rapidly declining biodiversity may be a contributing factor to another global megatrend — the rapidly increasing prevalence of allergies and other chronic inflammatory diseases among urban populations worldwide." So write the authors of a recent research paper looking at whether contact with biodiversity boosts peoples' immunes systems

Added 16 July 2012

What future for the Arctic?

Mountain, Tromso, NorwayThe Arctic: Cold, remote, desolate? Home to polar bears, whales, and hardy people? A frontier land rich in oil and minerals? A fragile region threatened by climate change and human over-exploitation? However you view it, the Arctic deserves attention.

Added 07 Dec 2011    In collaboration with the INTERACT project

Peat bogs: love or hate them?

Peat moorlandPeat bogs tend to be seen as lonely, desolate, places, yet a closer look reveals they are teeming with life, and invaluable to people

Added 17 Sept 2010 / Updated 01 July 2011

Conserving biodiversity hotspots

Rainforest, BelizeIs it a good conservation strategy to protect areas which have been shown to have high numbers of species of certain groups, like birds? How well will this protect other groups of animals, for example mammals, reptiles or insects?

Added 16 June 2010

Blooming water

Algal bloomCaused by a microscopic plant, algal blooms are quite a common occurrence in lakes, and can be a problem for people and wildlife

Added 09 March 2010 / Updated 21 May 2010

What can nature do for us?

FarmlandThe benefits we gain from a healthy environment are called 'ecosystem services', and they depend on biodiversity

Added 12 April 2010

Paying back our debt to Nature

Walking in a woodLow-cost food comes at a price. How does farming affect wildlife? Would you pay more for sustainably-grown food?

Added 05 March 2010

What is biodiversity?

Oak leaves and ants

What does the term 'biodiversity'mean and why is biodiversity important to us?

Added 05 March 2010

Harlequin ladybird threat

Harlequin ladybird

Ladybirds are a gardener’s friend but there is one species that is proving to be a real problem …

Added 05 March 2010

Are biofuel crops bad for biodiversity?

Willow grown as a fuelBiofuel crops may be an alternative to fossil fuels, but they come at a price

Added 05 March 2010

Beavers are back in the UK!

BeaversA trial introduction of beavers into Scotland is underway, but do you welcome the return of this creature?

Added 05 March 2010 / Updated 22 September 2011

Lichens - flags of distress?

Lichens on a tree trunkLichens may not at first sight seem  very interesting, but actually they are surprisingly useful in many ways

Added 09 March 2010




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)!
Quickpoll 9
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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