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A badger struggles to avoid drowning in the flooded river Saale, 2011. Photo: Margrit via Flickr.com.

Cull could put flood-struck badgers 'at risk of local extinction'

The Ecologist

2nd June 2014

Following last winter's severe flooding in SW England, the Government has refused to assess how badly badgers suffered - even though local populations could have crashed. If the cull goes ahead, badgers could be wiped out of some areas altogether. more...
The Most Beautiful Place in the World: IMHO - Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. This amazing light lasted for only a couple of minutes at sunrise. The rest of the day was cloudy and overcast. Photo: © Peter Essick.

Our beautiful, fragile world

Edgar Vaid

26th June 2014

There is much merit in the cliché that 'a picture is worth a thousand words', writes Edgar Vaid, but 'Our Beautiful, Fragile World' suggests that great photography complemented by explanatory text is worth even more ... more...
Cabo Pulmo, in its current, concrete-free incarnation. Alan Harper, CC BY-NC.

Mexico: 22,000 room mega-hotel threatens 'biodiversity hotspot'

Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder

28th May 2014

The Baja California peninsula is rich in history and natural beauty, with thousands of unique plants and animals making up its globally unique ecosystems, write Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder. Just the place for a new giant hotel resort? more...
The Organ Mountains of New Mexico, now designated a National Monument. Photo: Bob Wick / BLM California.

A new National Monument for New Mexico

Ted Zukosjy

31stth May 2014

The stunning landscape of the Organ Mountains in New Mexico is now permanently protected as a National Monument following a Presidential Proclamation, reports Ted Zukosjy of Earthjustice. more...
A bee in the hand ... this Swedish queen is unusually well-travelled. Photo: Nikki Gammans.

Extinct 30 years ago - the short-haired bumble bee takes to the skies

Michael Parker

31st May 2014

The short haired bumblebee was declared extinct in the UK 30 years ago. But now the species is being re-introduced in the flower-rich meadows and field margins of Kent, writes Michael Parker - helped along by sympathetic local farmers. more...
Baby Mountain Gorilla, Virunga National Park. Photo: Bradford Duplisea - www.duplisea.ca.

UNESCO demands - end oil drilling in Virunga

The Ecologist

19th May 2014

A UNESCO mission to Virunga, home to 200 Mountain gorillas, has demanded an end to oil exploitation in the National Park, which it describes as 'extremely threatened'. London-based Soco International began seismic testing in the Park last month. more...
Photo: Center for Great Apes.

Zoos of the future break down the walls

Robert Young

24th May 2014

The experience of visiting a zoo is about to change dramatically, writes Robert Young. But far more important than the visitor, zoos will create a far richer, more diverse and stimulating environment for the animals that inhabit them. more...
English Badger, British Wildlife Centre, Newchapel, Surrey. Photo: Peter Trimming via Flickr.com.

Badger culls - who is standing up for public safety?

Lesley Docksey

14th May 2014

Senior Gloucestershire police were questioned this week about the policing of the 2013 pilot cull, writes Lesley Docksey. But the Police Commissioner never asked about the most serious problems - police bias and ignorance of the law, and culler criminality. more...
Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India. Photo: Björn Ognibeni via Flickr.com.

India: tribes face eviction for 'tiger conservation'

The Ecologist

13th May 2014

India's conservation agencies are intent on the illegal eviction of indigenous communities from protected areas - even though they are often the best protectors of endangered wildlife. The Similipal Tiger Reserve is the latest battleground. more...
Grand View Ranch, Utah. Photo: Don Graham via Flickr.

We must rid the American West of 'welfare ranching'

George Wuerthner

22nd June 2014

The image of the rancher in the rugged West is one of self-sufficiency and a tough defiance of government, writes George Wuerthner. But the truth is that ranchers, especially those using federal land, depend on a host of generous subsidies, both economic and ecological. more...
Common nightingale (luscinia megarhynchos). Photo: gynti_46 via Flickr.com.

Celebrate 'National Nightingale Night' on May 18th

Chris Rose

13th May 2014

Britain's nightingales are in decline - not least because of intensive farming, and our insistence on building over their last refuges. But their song is as unforgettable as ever, writes Chris Rose, and that will surely be the key to valuing them more ... more...
Badger sniffing daisies. Photo: Sally Longstaff via Flickr.com.

Badger cull - police face public grilling from Commissioner

The Ecologist

9th May 2014

Days after our exposé of a policing disaster at England's 2013 badger culls, the Police Commissioner for Gloucestershire is to question the county's most senior police officers. The event will be video-streamed online. more...

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The Grand Canyon. Photo: Moyan Brenn via Flickr / earthincolors.wordpress.com/.

Campaign success - the Grand Canyon Method

George Wuerthner

28th May 2014

Wilderness campaigners need to remember how great victories were won in the past - which was to aim high and hold steadfast, refusing easy compromises, writes George Wuerthner. Opposition must be overcome, never appeased. more...
Unscrupulous cull contractors were adding badger roadkill to their bags. But it gets a lot worse than that.  Photo: Victoria Chan via Flickr.com.

Police, Guns, Action - how safe were the pilot badger culls?

Lesley Docksey

7th May 2014

In its report on last year's pilot badger culls, the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) judged that the culls failed the criteria for effectiveness and humaneness, but satisfied those for safety, writes Lesley Docksey. The facts say otherwise. more...
Orangutans - mother and child - in the Indonesian rainforest. Photo: Paul Williams via Flickr.com.

Malaysia - crucial orangutan corridor saved

The Ecologist

7th May 2014

The Keruak Corridor in Malaysian Borneo - a critical area of rainforest which links protected areas sheltering increasingly endangered orangutans - has been secured, with £1 million raised to buy the land. more...
A wolf in the Transylvanian forest at dusk. Photo: Istvan Kerekes / AFIAP.

Bullets and false statistics - Transylvania's wolves in peril

Luke Dale-Harris in Transylvania

29th April 2014

On paper, Romania has a thriving wolf population. But Luke Dale-Harris finds that the official view is based on erroneous figures from hunting associations who are, bizarrely, responsible for wolf conservation. The truth is that the wolves are at serious and growing risk. more...
Suren Gazaryan, winner of a 2014 Goldman Prize, surveying for bats in a cave deep underground.

Russian eco-hero: how protecting bats became a 'criminal conspiracy'

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th April 2014

2014 Goldman Prize winner Suren Gazaryan took on the Kremlin in trying to block illegal development at the Sochi Olympics and on the Black Sea coast, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. Forced to flee to Germany, he can finally get down to researching his beloved bats. more...
English badgers out in the early evening. Photo: Hugh Warwick / urchin.info.

Britain's vets - it's time to oppose the badger cull!

Lesley Docksey

28th April 2014

You would think vets would take animal welfare seriously, writes Lesley Docksey. So why does the British Veterinary Association (BVA) support England's badger cull - when all the science is telling them it's both cruel, and ineffective against Bovine TB? more...
Hedgehog. Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Should we cull our badgers to save our hedgehogs?

Hugh Warwick

24th April 2014

New scientific research shows that culling badgers can increase local hedgehog numbers. As UK hedgehog populations continue to decline, Hugh Warwick asks - are badgers to blame? Or does the real problem lie elsewhere? more...
Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot last week in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. Photo: Brent Stirton / Getty Images.

WWF: UK oil company must quit Virunga Park

The Ecologist

23rd April 2014

Following the shooting of Virunga's chief warden last week, WWF is calling on UK oil company Soco International PLC to pull out of the Park and respond to allegations made in a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. more...
Eugene Rutagarama tracking gorillas early morning to locate them before tourists visit them in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is what is done everyday to check on the health of each individual gorilla, but also to ensure that tourists visitin

Rwanda's 'gorilla guardian' - Eugene Rutagarama

Veronique Mistiaen

7th May 2014

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda could easily have finished off the mountain gorillas of the Virunga mountains. The fact that they survived is in large part thanks to Eugene Rutagarama. He spoke with Veronique Mistiaen about the primates' future prospects ... more...
'Wild Food - a complete guide for foragers' by Roger Phillips - front cover.

The gastronomy of wild food

Humphrey Birley

30th April 2014

Eating wild plants and mushrooms is a pleasure we should all indulge in, believes open air gastronomist Humphrey Birley - and this new edition of 'Wild Food : a complete guide for foragers' is just what's needed to get us exploring woods, hedgerows, meadows and salt marshes in search of edible delicacies. more...
 Spilomyia diophthalma - a wasp mimic hover fly - on the island. Photo: Fredrick Sjöberg.

Scarcely sublimated kleptomania

Camilla Huxley-Lambrick

25th May 2014

The Swedish island of Runmarö provided Fredrik Sjöberg with a collector's paradise of hoverflies, and the perfect setting for his passionate search through forests, ponds and swamps in the flies' pursuit. Camilla Huxley-Lambrick dissects The Fly Trap ... more...
Does nature have rights, too? A mountain valley in Kurdistan. Photo: Jan Sefti via Flickr.com.

Being Nature - extending civil rights to the natural world

Mumta Ito

24th April 2014

As the destruction of the biosphere continues, we need to establish new legal systems to protect what remains. Mumta Ito proposes a new beginning for environmental law based on extending 'civil rights' to the natural world. more...
These trees may not last much longer. View of Mount Hood across a frozen Lake Trillium, Mount Hood National Forest. Photo: Karl Johnson via Flickr.com.

The howl of the wolf will not be silenced

Stephen Quirk & Alexander Reid Ross

17th April 2014

The US Forest Service is developing a new armory of aggressive and often illegal tactics to push through loss-making timber sales, as it brands forest defenders as 'eco-terrorists'. Time to dig in for the trees - and the wolves. more...

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