Return of the Bison to the Netherlands

Some eighty years since they were hunted to extinction in Europe, a small herd of wild European bison have been successfully reintroduced to the coastal dunes of the Dutch coast. It could lead to them being reintroduced elsewhere in Europe. The European bison is the largest land-living animal in Europe. It has been extinct in Europe since 1927, and from the Netherlands for hundreds of years. There were attempts to breed the species in Poland in the 1950s, but the European ...

Whaling and the Faroe Islands

Whale hunting in the Faroe Island normally causes global outrage. Now Mike Day has released a documentary, which took four years to film, The Island and the Whales, that shows the complexity of the issue. Traditionally, the islanders’ annual slaughter of pilot whales is virtually the only occasion when the lives of 50,000 Faroese are noticed by the wider world. The documentary tells of a disappearing way of life, a population who are now affected by the results by globalisation – ...

New Release: IB Environmental Systems and Societies – Study & Revision Guide

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new study and revision guide for IB Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS). Written for the requirements of the 2017–2023 exam sessions, this revision guide offers succinct coverage of the whole syllabus for Environmental Systems and Societies, with extensive self-test material to help students prepare for mocks and final exams. Clearly structured to match the curriculum, it offers exam tips and original case studies.   Here’s what author Adrian Palmer said about his book: I have ...

The Rise of the Wolf in Europe

The wolf is on the rise in Europe. In the winter of 2017–18, wolves finally re-appeared in Belgium, the last country from which it had been absent. The wolf is protected by EU law, but a rising tide of hostility is encouraging some politicians to push to kill it. France approved a cull of up to 40 wolves following protests last year. When Germany’s wolf population reached 60 packs, its agriculture minister argued that culling was required.  Finland has reduced its ...

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 ...