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A bird egg collection (this one doubtless legitimate). Photo: thekirbster via

Sweden: 3 wild egg collectors convicted after UK investigation

The Ecologist

3rd February 2014

An enquiry which started in the UK in 2009 involving the collecting and trading of wild birds' eggs, has led to the conviction of three Swedish egg collectors - and reveals the international scope of the wild egg trade. more...

Hong Kong to destroy 28 tonnes of ivory

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

In a landmark decision, the Hong Kong Endangered Species Advisory Committee has voted to destroy almost the entire ivory stockpile, 28 of its estimated 33 tons. more...
Ivory carvings depicting various sex acts on sale in Bangkok, November 2010. Photo: Thomas Quine via

Give elephants a future!

Dominic Dyer

24th January 2014

Protestors will gather on Saturday at the Chinese Embassy in London to call for an end to the global ivory trade, writes Dominic Dyer. But it's not just China - the UK must also pay its part to save Africa's elephants. more...

China destroys 6 tonnes of ivory

The Ecologist

6th January 2014

The Government of China today destroyed over 6 tons of ivory and other wildlife products confiscated from the illegal trade. But is it a PR move or a sign of a serious clamp down? more...
Elephants at Sangha-Mbaéré, Central African Republic. Photo: Nicolas Rost via

Africa's elephant massacre and the growing ivory frenzy

Richard Schiffman

6th January 2014

Carved ivory elephants may already outnumber living elephants, which are being slaughtered at the unsustainable rate of 35,000 per year. Richard Schiffman reports from the Central African Republic. more...

Homebuyers willing to pay more for proximity to wildlife

Andrea Gear

25th November 2013

Despite hard economic times, a recent survey shows that two thirds of UK homebuyers would consider paying more for a house with a wildlife-friendly garden ... more...

Poaching - the cheetahs of the Serengeti face extinction

By Verity Largo

16th November 2013

Wildlife crime is a multi-million dollar globalised business, ranked fourth in transnational crime in the world, with an international network sprawling across continents. Verity Largo reports from Tanzania ... more...

Killer cuteness: how YouTube sent an endangered species to the brink of extinction

Professor Anna Nekaris

14th November 2013

There is nothing endearing about the truth behind the 'cute' YouTube videos of Slow Loris, a critically endangered species. Still, video clips of species of conservation concern may have a positive flip side ... more...

Tuberculosis, tracking devices, and the social lives of badgers

Nicola Weber

4th November 2013

As the UK's badger cull sputters to its dismal conclusion, wildlife researcher Nicola Weber explains why the killing may lead to more, not fewer, tubercular infections of both badgers and cattle. more...

Amazon: 441 new species discovered in four years

Oliver Tickell

23 October 2013

"Most of the recently discovered plants and animals are thought to be endemic to small parts of the Amazon rainforest." more...

'Badgers are moving the goalposts' says Owen Paterson of cull

Damien Carrington for the Guardian

9th October 2013

Cull branded 'farce' after marksmen seek extensions to kill the minimum number of badgers required more...

An hour in the eco garden: Butterflies

Hazel Sillver

Plant a paradise of nectar in September, and next year the butterflies will come a-flapping, says Hazel Sillver...... more...

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A license to trash? Why Biodiversity Offsetting (BO) will be a disaster for the environment

Lorna Howarth

September 9th, 2013

As the UK government gives the go ahead for the country's first Biodiversity Offsetting (BO) scheme, Lorna Howarth explains why it will be a disaster for the nation's already declining wildlife more...

Badgers: the truth behind the cull

Dominic Dyer

12th August 2013

Of 5,500 badgers to be shot during the pilot culls, only 240 will be independently monitored for humaneness, it has emerged. And just 4 Natural England officials will oversee the killing in Gloucestershire and Somerset more...

Palm oil's forgotten victims: Sumatran elephants suffer in rush for 'liquid ivory'

30th June, 2013

Jim Wickens

Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing - in cosmetics - the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal's last remaining forest habitat. Jim Wickens reports more...
Cattle ranching

Wildlife in the firing line in global war against bovine TB

18th June, 2013

Sarah Stirk

Where there are cattle, there is the threat of bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The farming methods may differ greatly, but from the dairy farms of Ethiopia to the beef herds of Canada the race is on to find the best way to tackle the disease more...

UK Government fails to take wildlife crime seriously

April 24th, 2013

by Simon Pope

Simon Pope, Director of Campaigns and Communications for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, questions why the UK government is so far behind other global powers when it comes to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. more...

Frontline Online: Conservation’s New Winners & Losers

March 19th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

The CITES COP16 (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) has just ended in Bangkok, to very mixed reviews. Lorna Howarth reports on the good news, and the bad. more...

Shades of gray: America's wolf dilemma

11tth March, 2013

Jim Wickens

Reviled by ranchers and fawned over by conservationists, the Gray wolf is highly controversial in the US. Jim Wickens travels to Montana and Wyoming to unravel the complex arguments surrounding plans to cull the animals more...

Shades of gray: shedding new light on the Rocky Mountain wolf wars

5th March, 2013

Jim Wickens

In the lead up to broadcast of the next Link TV/Ecologist film, Shades of Gray, Jim Wickens introduces the thorny issues surrounding wolf culling in the US more...

COMMENT: Does the Cayman Islands really need 'cramped, dirty and overcrowded' turtle farm?

10th January, 2013

Rachel Alcock

If local people had the choice between eating a bowl of turtle stew, or having access to a new hospital, school or lower tax it’s hard to imagine they’d pick turtle stew, says Rachel Alcock more...

Cayman Islands under fire over 'factory farming' of sea turtles


10th January, 2013

The tropical tourist destination is at the centre of a dispute over the farming of green sea turtles after animal welfare campaigners launched a campaign to shut the world's only facility rearing the animals for human consumption more...
Ivory Smuggling China

Why the Philippines’ role in the illegal ivory trade must stop

Dan Bucknell

16th October, 2012

The Philippines have become a significant transit point for illegally traded ivory, and far greater law enforcement is required, says Elephant Family's Dan Bucknall more...
Sumatran tiger

Indonesia's Sumatran tiger threatened by development of last jungle strongholds

Dr. Julian Bloomer

4th September, 2012

As politicians encourage development around the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Dr. Julian Bloomer explores how the area's endangered species can be protected more...
Damsel Fly

Nature Writing Contest 2013

Resurgence & Ecologist

8th October, 2012

The newly-merged Resurgence & Ecologist magazine is delighted to announce the launch of a new national Nature Writing competition, which we are running in partnership with three ‘sister’ charities that share a similar ethos and, in addition, have strong and established links with Devon - where we are also based more...


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