One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish west coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

Plastic found lining UK seabird nests on a worrying scale

We found plastic waste in pellets seabirds regurgitated and lining the nests where they raise chicks.

Tom Ovenden, PhD Candidate - Forest Ecology, Resilience and Biodiversity Conservation, University of Stirling • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  conservation  nests  uk-wildlife  litter  plastic-pollution  marine-plastic-litter  seabirds  marine-life

Reports of UK roadkill down two-thirds – but will hedgehogs thrive after lockdown?

Road networks are emptying during lockdown. What does it mean for wildlife now and in the future?

Lauren Moore, PhD Candidate in Road Ecology, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic uk-wildlife lockdown hedgehogs roads traffic

How to discover the wildlife wonders of your own garden

Domestic gardens offer an oases for urban wildlife, and are a sight for sore eyes during lockdown.

Ian D. Rotherham, Professor of Environmental Geography and Reader in Tourism and Environmental Change, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  birds  self-isolation  uk-wildlife  urban-ecology  gardens

How British wildlife greeted the warmest winter on record

While many plant species fail to germinate, some mammals may wake up to a landscape devoid of prey.

Paul Ashton, Head of Biology, Edge Hill University • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  climate-change  ecology  winter  spring  uk-wildlife  winter-weather

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