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A council has paused verge cutting along a road after two species of orchids were found growing.

Dorset Council said its greenspace team was working along the A354 Easton Lane on Portland when they came across bee and pyramidal orchids.

The council said cutting on the road's verges had been temporarily paused to allow the bright flowers to finish flowering and go to seed.

It said it hoped the move would see more orchids grow in the area in the future.

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Funding has been secured to monitor and protect Black Grouse in North Wales.

The species is celebrated for its lively leks, where males gather and display to watching females. A recent episode of Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir on Sky TV featured a Black Grouse lek in the region's hills. However, numbers have fallen by an estimated 45% since 2018.

After a successful bid to the Nature Network Funding programme, work will be carried out in partnership between RSPB Cymru, Natural Resources Wales and Clwydian Range and Dee Valley National Landscape to monitor numbers of lekking Black Grouse more accurately in the project area.

The funding will also be used to deliver best practice for sustainable upland management for a wide range of species, as well as enabling the development of a landscape-scale conservation strategy that works for the uplands, woodlands and the communities of north-east Wales. Targeted conservation management is known to work and, as well as sustaining and increasing numbers, can provide multiple other benefits including carbon storage, habitat creation for other wildlife and prevention of wildfires.

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If you look up to the skies of Sussex, you might be lucky enough to catch sight of something that hasn’t been seen for more than 600 years: a stork, fledged from a nearby nest. With their enormous wingspan, it’s hard to mistake them for anything else and the last time they were resident in England was just a year after the Battle of Agincourt.

Amid fears of biodiversity loss and climate change, their return is a rare piece of good news. Thanks, though, to the hard work of the RSPB, dedicated conservation groups, collaborative farmers and thousands of volunteers, there are growing numbers of certain species of birds in Britain, some brought back from near extinction, others have been reintroduced after an absence of hundreds of years.

“Generally, things aren’t doing well, there’s a perpetual decline for many birds,” admits Jon Carter of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), “but there are key species that are turning a corner or bucking this trend.”

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New research by Cardiff University's Otter Project has found that PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," present in English otters, raising concerns about potential health impacts in the future.

The Cardiff scientists tested otters from across the UK to monitor levels of PFAS in the environment, to gain an understanding of the concentration of these chemicals in the UK's freshwaters, their persistence in the environment and any ecological and health risks. The researchers were particularly interested in the levels of forever chemicals in otters living near factories that use PFAS in their production.

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Beavers reintroduced to a Scottish rainforest 15 years ago may have created the right habitat for the area’s endangered water voles to flourish.

The voles, once abundant in Scotland but now one of the country’s most threatened native animals, could thrive in the “complex boundary between water and land” that beavers have created in Knapdale in Argyll and Bute since their reintroduction there in 2009.

The beavers’ dam-building in the forest has led to the creation of a new habitat along the banks of watercourses, where water voles can dig burrows hidden from predatory mink.

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A farm left to nature years before “rewilding” rose to prominence has become a unique and important site for wildlife, say conservationists launching a bid to save it.

The owner of Strawberry Hill, near Bedford, stopped farming his land 37 years ago, with once-arable fields reverting to scrubland that is now a haven for a host of wildlife including threatened nightingales, cuckoos and turtle doves.

But the 150-hectare (377-acre) site has no official designations or protections, and following the owner’s death, there were fears the land could be sold and returned to agriculture.

After gaining a temporary stay of execution for the site, the Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants (BCN) has raised enough money to buy half the land.

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Experts will come together to "make space for nature" at a conference on environmental recovery.

Delegates will be asked to consider "all features great and small" at the event, which is being hosted by Tees Valley Nature Partnership and Your Tees Catchment Partnership.

The annual Tees Nature Conference has been held every year since 2017 and will be staged on June 21 at Teesside University’s Centuria Building, in Victoria Road, Middlesbrough.

Called "Tees Nature Conference 2024: Uniting for Nature’s Recovery", it aims to inspire, connect and celebrate local nature recovery efforts.

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The public schools are on to something when they usher their students out of the classroom and into fresh air.

Exposure to green space reduces behavioural problems, gives children a cognitive boost and may even lead to improved academic achievement, according to recent studies.

Supporters of the UK’s burgeoning forest school movement, inherited from Scandinavian outdoor kindergarten lessons, have long made claims about the benefits of children playing outdoors and connecting with nature.

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Public anger over sewage is set to influence voters in many seats that the Liberal Democrats are seeking to win from the Conservatives — including chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Surrey constituency.

Sensing an electoral opportunity, the Lib Dems have seized on growing fury over the continued contamination of national coastlines, placing the issue at the heart of their campaign to win over disaffected Tory voters.

It is “an incredibly potent example of how the government has failed, how the people at the wheel are crashing the car”, said Robert Ford, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester.

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We’ve released an open letter to political party leaders urging them to prioritise the recovery and enhancement of our ocean during this year's election period.

The letter is written by our CEO Sandy Luk and says that the ocean is our “heart and lungs”. We call for immediate investment in the ocean alongside action to combat pollution, and urge political leaders to help save one of the world’s most precious resources by publicly backing our Manifesto for our Seas.

Will you help us remind political leaders why our ocean is so important and what needs to be done to protect it?

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Freshwater ecosystems are the lifeblood of the natural world, yet they are facing a silent crisis. A 2022 report by the World Wildlife Fund revealed a staggering 83% decline in global freshwater vertebrate populations since 1970, a rate far exceeding that of any other habitat.

The level of degradation to nature is alarming, but ecosystems are complicated, as are the effects of human activity. So, the story is often more nuanced.

Our research shows how analysing environmental DNA (eDNA) – the DNA left behind by organisms in life and death – could unlock the secrets hidden within freshwater streams, rivers and lakes. This offers hope for a more efficient monitoring of these vital ecosystems.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 days ago

As /u/[email protected] suggests, that certainly looks like sand that has been washed out by water around the hole, so I don't know whether that's relevant.

Either way, the hole itself doesn't look like a badger snuffle hole or latrine, so I'd say fox is more likely.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 3 days ago

At the point where you and the AI can see someone straightening their tie in a certain way and you and the AI can exchange a single wordless glance and you both burst out laughing 'cos it was just like that thing that you both saw 6 months ago and found hilarious then - then maybe.

Not before.

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[-] [email protected] 2 points 4 days ago

If you have some late entries and can get them over to me before midnight, I will delay putting up the voting thread till then!

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