Europe’s last primeval, virginal forest

Poland boasts the last primeval, virginal forest in Europe, which covers 1,500 square kilometres on the eastern side of the country bordering with Belarus. Reporter, Rajan Datar went to visit what is now a world heritage site and home to a great deal of wildlife, including 500 bison who had faced extinction. I think we sometimes get caught up in the notion that primeval forests are a feature of places that sound rather distant and in sunnier climes. Worth appreciating and celebrating ...

Invasive species and conservation

  Two stories grabbed my attention this week in the news relating to the Ecology and Conservation option unit G. One was the possible hunting of Canada geese (Branta canadenis) in France due to unexpected climbing numbers. Perhaps it caught my eye as I live in Canada. As the largest goose found in europe it was introduced into Britain in the 17th century; they are prolific breeders. At the end of the 1990's there were only several hundred in France, now there ...

Marine consensus

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  A year ago I knew very little about the plight of fish. How that has changed. The first Census of Marine Life (CoML) has just been completed and the following summarises the scope of the study. 2,700 researchers from 80 nations a total of 9,000 days at sea 540 expeditions carried out A $650m research programme 670 institutions involved 6,000 potentially new species discovered 2,600 scientific papers written All can be seen at http://www.coml.org/ There is the opportunity to investigate all aspects ...

Demise of the Bluefin Tuna

The plight of fish can be a hard one, especially if they taste nice. They also suffer from not being as cute or as cuddly as a panda and therefore do not grab as much attention in the media and the wider public’s consciousness as other species heading for extinction. The plight of the bluefin tuna is a case in point. It is hard to be positive about the future of our planet when politics and economic interests collide with the ...