Despite the tragic death of a motorist who collided with a wild boar near Swindon there should be no widespread cull of the animal. A number of wildlife, conservationists and rural organisations are calling for a large cull of the animals because of the damage they do and the fatality has given them
As recently as the 1980s, vulture populations across Asia were abundant. The Oriental white-backed vulture was so common in India it was probably the most abundant bird of prey in the world. But then vultures began dying all across India and in neighbouring Pakistan and Nepal. Three species of South Asian vultures faced extinction, and the Oriental white-backed vulture declined by 99.9% in just 15 years.
Corncrakes - One of Scotland’s most elusive and endangered breeding birds has had its best breeding season for at least 45 years. The corncrake winters in Africa but breeds in Scotland, hidden in tall vegetation where they can safely raise their chicks. They are so well hidden that a recent RSPB survey counted them not by sight, but by their unique “crex crex” call, which also gives them their scientific name.
Environmentalists today called on the eight Arctic nations of the Arctic Council to enact a ten-year moratorium on any increase in Arctic shipping to protect endangered beluga whales from the threat of growing ship traffic in their habitat. The moratorium will enable nations to finalize and implem
Officals at the Sichuan and Chongqing Chamber of Commerce in Phnom Penh, Cambodia have been discovered running a wildlife trade centre where rare and endangered animals were skinned and processed before being shipped on to their destination countries. After agreeing to pay a fine the officials were
Japanese stillgrass is one of the world’s most pervasive invasive species. Accidentally introduced to the USA in the early 1900s, it has now spread to more than a dozen states within the past 100 years, particularly in the southeast of the country.
Much has been written about the decline of large, charismatic predators and the effect their loss has on ecosystems. However, a new study decided instead to examine the impact of humans on significantly smaller but no less important species - invertebrates (animals without a backbone).
The Scottish wildcat is one of Britain’s most endangered animals. Once found across the UK, wildcats are now confined to north of the Central Belt in Scotland. They are so rare and elusive that population estimates have been as low as 35, making them 70 times rarer than the giant panda.
The Mediterranean is a tourist hotspot, with millions of people visiting every year. It is also a hotspot for marine biodiversity and home to over 17,000 species – 20% of which occur nowhere else. But in recent years, aliens have invaded the Mediterranean, and are disrupting the ecosystem’s delicate balance.
A new study seems to indicate the environmental science is not as effective or advancing as much as it could and it's the scientists themselves that are holding the science back. The study by Michigan State University says that while environmental scientists are happy to share their results in
In total, almost 560,000 butterflies were spotted by participants. There were big winners this year, with some species increasing their numbers compared to last year. The Common Blue had increased by 55%, the Red Admiral increased by 43%, the Speckled Wood was up by 28% and, for the first time, the Peacock butterfly was the most abundant butterfly in the survey.
The National Trust has conducted a study of seabirds along the 742 miles of coastline that it looks after in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It discovered that seabirds are at risk from the triple threat of extreme weather, predation and human disturbance.
An expedition to find the Critically Endangered Mascarene Petrel at sea has returned with new information on one of the world’s least-known seabirds. Incredibly they have photographed a female bird where the egg is an obvious protrusion in the contour of her underbody.
Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth, rivalling tropical rainforests in sheer numbers and variety of species. Not only composed of hard and soft corals, they are also home to fish, molluscs, crustaceans, sharks, dolphins and sea turtles.