The New Ecology

Rating: Oswald J Schmitz. 2017. The New Ecology: rethinking science for the Anthropocene. Princeton University Press. ISBN978 0 691 16056 6 There are numerous ecology texts on the market and most cover much the same material. In the last 30 years we’ve seen a move towards more specialised areas not in terms of ecological basics like populations, ecosystem  and communities but in the way that specific places are developing their “own” ecology. Scanning the publishers lists as I do to […]

Applied Ecology

Rating: Anne E Goodenough and Adam G Hart. 2017. Applied Ecology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 0 19 872328 8 One of the big issues in education, especially in these days, is to find a pedagogical “hook” with which to draw in learner interest. This is a useful (some would argue, necessary) but not sufficient condition. You also need subject matter focussed in such a way as to draw the reader in. Ecology is an obvious topic because the concept […]

Catalogue of Life

Catalogue of Life. From their website:” The Catalogue of Life is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.6 million species. This figure continues to rise as information is compiled from diverse sources around the world” .   It contains all the taxonomic data you might need.

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. I can do no better than quote their front page: “The planet’s human population increases by more than 200,000 people every day. This exerts ever more severe and intensifying pressure on finite natural resources throughout the world. The resulting environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change destroys nature and impacts human well-being. The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research. Our research is […]


Ecoregions – A very useful, interactive site which provides great visuals for the basic ecological divisions of the planet – ecoregions, biomes, realms etc. Useful features like map transparency and a chance to map protected areas make it an extremely useful tool.

State of the World’s Plants

State of the World’s Plants – A stunning website from Kew Gardens about global plant biodiversity, threats to this and the policies used to ameliorate these dangers. Annual report available. First symposium, May 2017.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Global Biodiversity Information Facility – This site aims to be a portal to a vast range of biodiversity information. Information can be uploaded, searched, used – open access.

Ecology of Urban Environments

Rating: Kirsten M Parris. 2015. Ecology of Urban Environments. Wiley. ISBN978 1 4443 3265 0 There was a time not long ago when an urban environment was something that destroyed natural systems. This might very well have been the truth then, as well as today, but the focus has changed with an increasing number of books devoted to the relatively new science of urban ecology. The focus is generally on how natural systems adapt to urban settings. There’s also the […]

National Biodiversity Network

National Biodiversity Network Gateway. An amazing collection of publicly-accessible data for UK flora and fauna.

Natural Capital Committee

Natural Capital Committee – set up to advise the UK government on the sustainable use of natural resources. Set up in 2012, following the release of the Government White Paper on “The Natural Choice: Securing the Value of Nature. ” There are also updates to this.