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.

Urban Ecology: An Introduction

Rating: Ian Douglas and Philip James. 2015. Urban Ecology – an introduction. Routledge. ISBN978 0 415 53895 4 It’s fairly clear that the human future is urban. We passed the half-way mark some time ago and now we are increasingly urbanised. Yet this urban future is not totally concrete. Cities have parks and other designated open spaces. Almost half of London can be considered as greenspace! It’s increasingly obvious, from bomb sites as havens of rare species to brownfield sites […]

An Environmental History of Wildlife in England 1650-1950

Rating: Tom Williamson. 2013. An Environmental History of Wildlife in England 1650-1950. Bloomsbury. ISBN978 1 4411 2486 9. It is probably fair to say that I was brought up to consider the English countryside as natural; as something that had always been there. Wildlife were the plants and animals that lived outside of towns and farms. All very simple really. And almost certainly completely wrong! I didn’t get it immediately. It took me some years to finally get to teach […]