State of Nature 2016

The State of Nature report brings together data and expertise from over 50 organisations, providing an update on how wildlife is faring across the UK, and its seas, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.

- download the reports for England (application/pdf 3.1MB)   and for UK and its Territories (application/pdf 6.1MB)

September 2016

Global warming is severely restricting Bumblebee-friendly habitats

Bumblebees can not cope with excessive heat. Climate change is threatening the survival of bumblebees by significantly reducing the habitats in which they can survive. Many insects in the northern hemisphere adapt by moving north or to higher ground but long-term research from the University of Ottawa indicates that Bumblebees are dying out from the southern margins of their range because they are reluctant to move.

- read the report from the BBC

July 2015

The Earth is entering a mass extinction phase

Studies at three US universities conclude that the Earth is entering a greatest mass extinction phase since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago – and humans will be among the first casualties. If the combined effects of climate change and habitat loss are allowed to continue, it could take millions of years for Earth to recover, and humans would not be around to see the recovery.

- read the report from the BBC

June 2015

Review of EU Directives on Birds and Habitats

The EU Directives on Birds and Habitats are due to be reviewed:-
There will be much lobbying by farmers, fisheries, hunters and others to weaken these EU laws on conservation.
The Public Consultation is now closed-

Investing in nature is a key to social and economic recovery

The third and final report of the Government's Natural Capital Committee places investment in nature at the heart of social and economic recovery.

read the full ‘State of Natural Capital’ report

Chris Packham's Malta team wins major environmental award

Chris Packham and his fellow 'Malta – Massacre on Migration' campaigners have won the Green Ribbon Award for 'Best environmental campaign by the Media'.

- read the Birdwatch news report...

Oxford Networks for the Environment

The Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE) mobilise the University's expertise in science, technology, business, and society. They enable Oxford to find solutions to the complex, converging challenges of energy, water, and food security, climate change and threats to biodiversity. ONE contributes to humanity's capacity to make sustainable use of our natural resources for the benefit of all people and for the natural world: November 2014

 – visit the ONE website

Small farmers being squeezed out

A recent UN report says that it is small farmers who are providing 70% of the world's food, having been
squeezed on to 25% of the land by mega farms and plantations which are supplying on 30% of the world's food.

from Jo Cartmell: October 2014

Read a full report from The Guardian

Bird Slaughter in Malta

An extract from Chris Packham's website: 

“On 12th April, in Malta, over 10,500 hunters armed with shotguns and occupying large areas of public countryside will begin one of Europe’s most shameful legalised slaughters of threatened birds at the very time of year when they are making their way north from Africa on their return migration to their breeding grounds throughout Europe. This is the start of a three-week hunting season during which countless thousands of migrating birds, many of them rare and protected species, will be indiscriminately killed for sport thanks to Malta continuing to undermine EU wildlife directives by being the only country in the EU to open a recreational hunting season in spring. 
NB Malta has the highest density of hunters anywhere in Europe, with approximately 80 licensed hunters per square kilometre of huntable land estimated this spring. Hunting of this intensity is not seen anywhere else in Europe, probably the world and predictably has a devastating impact on the birds hunted and leads to conflicts with the 95 per cent of the Maltese population who don’t hunt over access and use of the countryside in spring.”

This slaughter has been going on for decades and includes rare birds of prey, Golden Orioles, Beeaters and many small songbirds some of which are threatened species. The EU and the Maltese Government seem unwilling to enforce the legislation which applies in the rest of Europe. The Maltese have uniquely been granted a derogation from EU law so that they can hunt Turtle Doves and Quail in spring. That in itself is scandalous.

from David Guyoncourt: 22 April 2014

Read Chris Packham's blog



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