Tag Archives: conservation

Farmers hold key to survival of threatened bird species, says RSPB 

By WMNPBowern | Ocober 29, 2015 Farmers hold the key to saving the Westcountry’s most threatened bird species, Britain’s biggest conservation charity said today. The RSPB said farmers had stepped in before to make special efforts to ensure the survival of at-risk birds – and they could do so again. The charity’s spokesman in the South West, Tony Whitehead, was responding to a report from the government into the state of farmland birds – and to international research into UK species at …

Chernobyl’s lesson: Tell it to the birds

… “western science” gains, since greater knowledge about the “poorly known” bird will assist conservation efforts. You can’t miss the cruel joke. Human colonisation of the planet, fuelled by scientific and technological overreach, has driven countless species to extinction and near-extinction. Animals are hunted for everything from food and fashion to human settlement and entertainment. Funnily enough, just when some life-form eludes grasp or is endangered, its rarity or engineered …

Climate change raises cat threat 

      Warmer temperatures would move feral feline colonies into conservation hotspots, researcher finds. Vulnerable native species may face further risk as climate change makes more of our country hospitable to stray cats, a researcher says. In a new study in the journal Applied Geography, Unitec natural sciences lecturer Dr Glenn Aguilar used species distribution modelling to describe areas highly favourable to stray cats, and then investigated what effects a warmer climate …

Bird poo spider fires up Hilton

By Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness | October 12, 2015 Pietermaritzburg – A new species of spider, cleverly ­disguised as a bird dropping, has been discovered by Hilton College Environmental Education and conservation head John Roff. The spider, known as Hilton ­Pasilobus, was first discovered by Roff in 2006 when he noticed the species’s unusual looking egg case. “The spider has a very distinctive egg case. When I saw it, I knew I had found something unusual,” said Roff. “I went …