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PM commits to protect 30% of UK land in boost for biodiversity

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Prime Minister is committing today (Monday 28 September) to protect 30% of the UK’s land by 2030.

Existing National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other protected areas already comprise approximately 26% of land in England. An additional 4% – over 400,000 hectares, the size of the Lake District and South Downs national parks combined – will be protected to support the recovery of nature.

Businesses urged to harness 'nature-based solutions' to combat climate emergency

Friday, September 25, 2020

Businesses have been called upon to trial and pilot 'nature-based solutions' (NBS) in helping them reduce environmental impacts while helping the surrounding areas improve resiliency against a range of climate risks.

That is the call to action from a new report from the Ignition project, a collaborative group of organisations aimed at developing NBS in the Greater Manchester area.

Innovative digital projects that will tackle environmental challenges receive funding

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has awarded individual grants of up to £1.2 million to seven research projects that will use cutting-edge digital technology to advance environmental outcomes.

As part of the ‘Constructing a Digital Environment’ Programme, these projects will seek to develop tools and systems that will tackle real-life environmental challenges. The Programme aims to construct a digitally enabled environment which benefits researchers, policy makers, businesses, communities and individuals. It is funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund.

Immense opportunity for dam removal in the Duoro River basin

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The UTAD research team found that the Duoro River basin is littered with barriers and the barriers are impacting this biodiverse area. Altogether, they found 1201 barriers – 57 dams, 40 mini-hydro, and 1105 medium and small barriers and dams. This number of small and medium-sized dams is in line with the recent estimations of the AMBER project, estimating 85% of in-stream barriers are small or medium-sized. The UTAD study estimates that about 25% of these barriers are abandoned.

Rewilding Britain in Five Years

Monday, August 17, 2020

Five years ago today, a small group of individuals met for the first time. They shared a passion for nature and a rich understanding of the environmental and conservation movement. They were deeply concerned about the staggering loss of wildlife in Britain and challenged the impact of existing conservation practices. They wanted a new, ambitious model that works to reverse the decline of British wildlife.

Welsh juvenile salmon numbers are lower following warmer winters and wetter springs, new research shows

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Numbers of young salmon in Wales are lower following warmer winters and wetter springs, according to a new study commissioned by Natural Resources Wales (NRW). These findings might explain the widespread juvenile salmon crash observed after the then record warm and wet winter and spring of 2015-16.

Living Planet Index for Migratory Freshwater Fish

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

What is the Living Planet Index for Migratory Freshwater Fish?


The Living Planet Index for Migratory Freshwater Fish is the first comprehensive global report on the status of migratory fish. The technical report finds migratory freshwater fish are under immense threat from human-made impacts and urgent action is required to halt and then reverse the alarming decline.

Find out more and download the report.

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