Bitterns and construction industry booming in harmony at Ouse Fen nature reserve

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LPO_Botste 023Building materials company Hanson and RSPB work together to create a large wetland reserve a few kilometers from bustling Cambridge. A heaven for bitterns and other rare wildlife is shaping up amidst intensive farmland, thanks to creative restoration work following extraction of gravel.

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Whooper Swans tracked from Germany to Siberia and back

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IMG_4792 Axel SchonertTwo years ago we started a small project to study the fascinating migrations of the whooper swan, with the help of satellite transmitters. Nico Stenschke, the man behind the receiver, sent us a short note to report on progress this winter. And wow, look at these Whoopers! Read the rest of this entry »

Is biodiversity loss admissable and justifiable with alleged gain of ecosystem services?

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Danubian loess steppes Rossen TzonevThe Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel draws our attention to the continuous loss of grassland biodiversity caused by ill targeted public spending and refutes this possibility.

The Northern Negev loess plains and steppe shrublands are two of the rarest and most threatened habitats in Israel. An SPNI report and petition signed by respected scientists put together the case for their conservation. The report explains that, these habitats are underrepresented in nature reserves and national parks (only 4% are protected), and yet support unique biodiversity including threatened Red List species (e.g. Coleman Garlic, Allium kollmannianum), and endemic species (e.g. Beersheba Fringe-fingered Lizard, Acanthodactylus beershebensis and Dark – Brown Iris, Iris atrofusca). Read the rest of this entry »

Birds adapt to new habitats created by sand and gravel extraction

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Little ringed plover (c) Tomasz Wilk
Little ringed plover (c) Tomasz Wilk

With minimal extra care by the operators, many bird species can profit from the activities of mineral extraction and the novel habitats created at sand and gravel pits.

new partnership project will improve the habitats for breeding birds at three mining sites in Southern Poland. Conservationists hope to boost the regional populations of several rare species.

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2014 in review for this blog

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DSCN6464I’d like to share the 2014 annual report for this blog, proposed by WordPress. I take the opportunity to wish you all a healthy and rich 2015 and to thank you all for your followership, readership and contributions! Let’s restore more in 2015!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

What’s on the menu: a beetle, a cricket or a bug?

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shrike with foodIn three years the largest limestone quarry in the Netherlands, operated by the ENCI cement plant near Maastricht, will be closed. Large area of Mount St. Peter is already being transformed into an area for nature, biodiversity, ecosystem services and other public benefits. Can we expect red-backed shrikes to appear in the area, as an indicator of a functioning ecosystem? Read the rest of this entry »

Have you booked your tickets to Manchester yet?

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ser2015 The 2015 Society for Ecological Restoration World Conference will take place in Manchester, UK from 23rd to 27th of August 2015. The Conference theme is Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild.

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