Entries in conservation (231)

Tuesday
Jan092018

Issues of Invasive Species 

Believe it or not, after habitat loss, invasive species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity. In a new environment or ecosystem, invasive species become predators and compete with the existing species, to the extent that they are inhibiting the survival of native plants and animals!

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Tuesday
Jan022018

Nature and  Architecture

We have overdeveloped and overpopulated our planet, leaving very little room for our mother nature to thrive and give us her best. We build on habitats, forestry, and even coasts. If you live in a city, new developments consisting of rapidly constructed high-rises to deal with housing shortages are a common sight.  

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Wednesday
Dec132017

British Seabird  Decline

The UK is recognized as an important hub for the world’s seabird populations. For example, British shores are home to 90% of the world’s great skua population. Other species that can be found along the coast of the UK include the kittiwake, the northern gannet and the charismatic puffin to name a few but their numbers are in decline.

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Tuesday
Dec122017

Species at Risk in the  UK

There are ubiquitous, internationally reaching campaigns to raise awareness for animals near extinction, and rightly so. We need to do whatever we can for all endangered species around the world. We often hear about the Snow Leopard or the White Rhino, but do you know which animals are endangered in the United Kingdom?  

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Turkey's Turtle Haven 

This year alone, roughly 500,000 baby turtles made it out to sea after hatching on beaches in Turkey. The Forestry and Waters Affairs Minister claimed that Turkey had the highest number of nesting sites for the endangered Caretta caretta turtles. This means a huge responsibility in protecting the species.

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Wednesday
Nov292017

How the Shoe Industry is Supporting our  Oceans

Plastic has afflicted our oceans for what feels like an eternity. Considering the poignant message given to us by last week’s Blue Planet 2 episode, so much more needs to be done about plastic pollution plaguing our oceans. Sir David Attenborough has stated that, along with global warming, plastic is the biggest threat to ocean conservation.

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Thursday
Nov232017

The Importance of Keystone  Species

Keystone species are integral to their specific ecosystem and habitat, as they play a role deemed vital to the existence of the species which share their home. They define an entire ecosystem. Without its keystone species, ecosystems would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether. Here we explore the importance of Keystone Species.

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Wednesday
Nov152017

The Growing Islands of  Plastic

People are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues, including the pollution of our oceans. The seas are becoming a dumping ground for non-degradable waste and plastic never disappears, and it simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, in this article we explore some of the devastating effects of marine plastic pollution and what can be done about it.

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Tuesday
Nov142017

Plant Profile -  Cacti

The Cactus is well known for having unique qualities which helps it to survive in extreme heat and the desert, but that’s not the only reason this plant is fascinating! From special roots and stems, to being a source of food, it’s one nifty succulent – read on to find about more about the wonderful cactus!

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Wednesday
Nov082017

Drones in the  Wild

Drones have infiltrated our society quicker than anybody could have predicted. Whilst they are popular amongst wildlife and landscape photographers, can this new form of intelligent life actually prove beneficial in conservation efforts, or is it having a negative impact on nature and its inhabitants? Here we explore the development and the ethics of drones in the wild.

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Wednesday
Nov012017

The reintroduction  debate

In the past, if a species became locally extinct in a country, it stayed that way. Now, with new technologies and a deeper understanding of animals’ ecological needs, reintroductions of certain species are becoming more and more common.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

The Unethical Trade of Exotic  Pets

The exotic pet trade is a multi-million dollar industry second only to drugs and weapons on the black market, and it’s growing. Whilst there are some laws in place prohibiting the trade or ownership of exotic pets, in some countries they are not enforced, and there is little fear of prosecution.

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Wednesday
Oct112017

Why You Should Volunteer in your University  Holidays:

So you’ve packed your bags, moved into your new accommodation and the University year has started. You’re just looking over your timetable for the year, when you suddenly notice a 4 month long gap – that’s right, the summer holiday of all summer holidays. It can be hard to know what to do with all of that free time, but don’t worry; here we’ve come up with some reasons as to why you should to volunteer in your University holidays for a life changing experience!

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Tuesday
Oct102017

Animal  Architects

Some animals take shelter in holes in trees, others in caves, but many hard working creatures build their own homes from materials they find in their environment. In this article we take a closer look at these animal architects and the amazing structures they are able to construct!

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Wednesday
Oct042017

The Mental Health Benefits of Nature and the Great  Outdoors

The effect nature has on personal well-being is impossible to ignore. Whether it’s a walk around the park, a hike with loved ones or an adventure half way around the world, everyone has experienced the incredible boost received after a one-on-one with the great outdoors. Read on to find out the positive benefits nature has on our mental health.

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