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 […]

Garden Wildlife Health

Garden Wildlife Health – given the rise in studies of urban ecology and the re-thinking about the value of green spaces(of every sort) in urban raeas, it’s no surprise that we see a site looking at wildlife management in gardens and disease control. The former seeks to promote habitat diversity; the latter looks at the influence of the spread of  disease  in our gardens.

Atlas for the End of the World

Atlas for the End of the World – nowhere near as dystopian as it sounds, this is asite that maps current and, potentially future, distribution of selected species and conservation areas. Part of a project to visualise issues in ecosystem protection.


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.

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.

Soil Science Simplified. 6e.

Rating: Neil S Eash, Thomas J Sauer, Deb O’Dell and Evah Odoi. 2016. Soil Science Simplified. 6e. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 118 54069 5 One of the more difficult ideas with students is getting them to appreciate the value of soil. Synonyms don’t help – “dirt” being the least useful! It’s just stuff to grow things in, wipe off the shoes and generally get an indifferent, if not actually bad, press. It makes a difference to see it as […]

Saving the Earth as a Career

Rating: Malcolm L Hunter Jr; David B Lindenmayer; Aram JK Calhoun. 2016. Saving the Earth as a Career. 2e. Wiley. ISBN 978 1 119 18479 9 I guess there was just too much optimism when we felt that the 1970s might be a real turning point in conservation and that, after the Stockholm Conference, people might actually see what we were talking about! Clearly, this did not work and so we still need to train people to go out and […]

Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques

Rating: Susan K Jacobson, Mallory D McDuff, Martha C Monroe. (eds). 2015. Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques.2e. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 0 19 871669 3. I suppose I was lucky. I joined a college in the 1970s where outdoors education was possible and all you needed was a plan. I designed a wildlife conservation course  and ran it for almost 25 years, overcoming funding issues (found a sponsor), lack of tools (found a supplier), lack of location (got a […]

Conflicts in Conservation

Rating: Redpath SM., Gutierrez RJ., Wood KA., and Young JC. (eds.). 2015. Conflicts in Conservation. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 1 107 60346 2. Although many might see conservation as the “keeping” of specific plant and animal species, in reality it has always been about conflicts and contested spaces. It’s not about the Pandas per se but about the way in which people consider their landscapes (i.e. both Pandas and people) should be used and perceived.  For this reason it was going […]