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Microchips to bring globally endangered eels back from brink

Monday, October 22, 2018

Wild eels are being microchipped in a bid to bring them back from the brink of global extinction.

Numbers of glass eels returning to the UK have decreased by 95% in the past 40 years due to habitat loss and obstructions in waterways hindering their movements, according to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).

The trust blames “low-lying land reclamation, flood control measures - such as tidal flaps - and obsolete industrial structures like weirs” for destroying and preventing access to eels’ habitat.

Online course - Ecosystem services entrepreneurship: from ideas to business

Monday, October 22, 2018

Online course 'Ecosystem services entrepreneurship: from ideas to business' launched

With this training, we aim to close the gap between nature conservation and entrepreneurial activities. Improbving the skills of our forester, environmental students and professionals in using business to market and improve ecosystem services conservation.

The course is run by University of Padova and Etifor|Valuing Nature, in partnership with 7 other leading universities and environmental businesses around the world.

Tamdhu Fish Pass project leaps into action

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Tamdhu Fish Pass project, which SEPA is a partner of, was unveiled last week. The 4.5 metre high, 16m long construction is now allowing salmon and sea trout to breed in a 2.3 mile stretch of the Knockando Burn that has been inaccessible since Victorian times. The target date for reopening this section of the Knockando Burn to migrating fish was 2027 but the Tamdhu Fish Pass Project has allowed this to be completed nine years early.

Danube delta receives major grant to enable record breaking restoration

Friday, October 12, 2018

An inaugural grant from the newly established Endangered Landscapes Programme will enable Rewilding Europe and local partners to scale up rewilding efforts across an expansive area of wetland and steppe in the transboundary Danube Delta area. This will bring huge benefits to wild nature and a wide range of local stakeholders.

How did the fish cross the road? Invention to help fish get through culvert

Friday, October 12, 2018

Fish need to move to find food, escape predators and reach suitable habitat for reproduction. Too often, however, human activities get in the way. Dams, weirs and culverts (the tunnels and drains often found under roads) can create barriers that fragment habitats, isolating fish populations.