Looking towards COP26: April 2021 Policy News

Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels This month we celebrated Earth Day and saw plans, targets, and strategies set in motion in the run-up to COP26, taking place in Glasgow at the end of this year.  UK The UK government has announced their most ambitious climate change target this month, to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. … Continue reading Looking towards COP26: April 2021 Policy News

#CareersStories: Discussing expeditions, outreach and the importance of mentorship with Dr Eleanor Drinkwater.

In this latest Conservation Careers Stories episode Rosalie Wright interviews Dr Eleanor Drinkwater, who recently completed her PhD at the University of York. Eleanor is an experienced science communicator and outreach coordinator. She has spoken for the Royal Geographical Society and has previously received awards for her work from the Scientific Exploration Society. Listen to … Continue reading #CareersStories: Discussing expeditions, outreach and the importance of mentorship with Dr Eleanor Drinkwater.

Houston, we are ready for launch! March 2021 Policy News

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com This month saw the launch of many exciting projects, grant schemes and funding opportunities in our battle to fight climate change and create a greener, more sustainable planet.  UK The UK Budget was announced earlier this month with mixed reviews on the government’s funding towards its goal of net zero … Continue reading Houston, we are ready for launch! March 2021 Policy News

TropiCon Reflections – tips for organising twitter conferences

Photo by Tracy Le Blanc on Pexels.com Author: Emma Cartledge Twitter conferences are not a new idea, however they proved to be invaluable in 2020.  A Twitter conference gives presenters the opportunity to publish a certain number of Tweets in a ‘thread’, under a particular hashtag.  Twitter offers an international, far-reaching, succinct way to communicate, … Continue reading TropiCon Reflections – tips for organising twitter conferences

Plans, Protections, Peat and Prof Partha: February 2021 Policy News

Photo by Sean Paul Kinnear on Unsplash After a short break, we're back with our regular Policy News feature. Dive in for an overview of recent developments. UK Applications for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme opened this month for farmers and landowners to apply for funding to improve the natural environment within their land areas to … Continue reading Plans, Protections, Peat and Prof Partha: February 2021 Policy News

#CareersStories: Juggling PhD, outreach and a young NGO – with David Bartholomew.

After a short break, we’re back with another Careers Stories interview: this month, Rosalie Wright speaks with David Bartholomew, an intrepid PhD student who moved in his career from conservation of marine ecosystems to his current research on impacts of climate change on tropical forests. Listen to the interview here or scroll down if you prefer … Continue reading #CareersStories: Juggling PhD, outreach and a young NGO – with David Bartholomew.

Bills, bills, bills: November 2020 Policy News

Both the Fisheries and Agriculture Bills have become law this month, with the Environment Bill returning to Parliament after a 10 month hiatus. Image: UK Parliament UK: The Fisheries Bill received Royal Assent after 10 months in Parliament, the UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years. For an environmental perspective on this … Continue reading Bills, bills, bills: November 2020 Policy News

Invasive crayfish, agriculture reform, and rays of hope: October policy news

Photo by Fer Nando on Unsplash UK news -       The thirteenth update of the UK Biodiversity indicators has recently been published, which provide measures for reporting on international goals and targets. -       RSPB blog from Stuart Butchart on why birds provide reason for hope, through examples of successful species conservation, to accompany BirdLife Int.'s new report, Birds & Biodiversity Targets.   … Continue reading Invasive crayfish, agriculture reform, and rays of hope: October policy news

Join us at TropiCon20!

The British Ecological Society Conservation Ecology and Tropical Ecology Special Interest Groups are coming together to bring you an exciting virtual conference, surrounding the theme of "advances in technology and innovative methods".  Join us on Twitter on the 5th and 6th of November for a plenary from Prof. Jennifer Powers, individual presentations, lightning Tweets and discussions surrounding … Continue reading Join us at TropiCon20!

Missed global targets, timber talk, and green recovery grants: September 2020 Policy News

Defra have launched a consultation on proposals for a new law to prevent illegal forest conversion, SPICe have released a briefing on the multiple roles of Scottish woodlands, and the Forest Ecology Special Interest Group share their views on a controversial CONFOR report. Image: Karsten Berlin UK This month, the conservation community was rocked by … Continue reading Missed global targets, timber talk, and green recovery grants: September 2020 Policy News

Faith Jones on vineyards, models, and learning with farmers. #BESConservationCareersStories

This time on #BESConservationCareersStories, Anna Kellner speaks with Faith Jones, a postdoctoral researcher studying the winter hardiness of wine grapes at the University of British Columbia. Faith just completed a PhD in global biodiversity patterns at the University of St. Andrews and is interested in recent ecological change, biodiversity, and community ecology. Short Bio: 2019 … Continue reading Faith Jones on vineyards, models, and learning with farmers. #BESConservationCareersStories

Supply chains, Scottish Standards and Angelsharks: August 2020 Policy News

Natural Resources Wales have launched a five-year action plan to help safeguard Angelsharks, one of the world’s rarest shark species. Image: vivtony UK Plans to clamp down on illegal deforestation and protect rainforests have been published by the government on 25 August (summarised here), as it consults on a world-leading new law to clean up … Continue reading Supply chains, Scottish Standards and Angelsharks: August 2020 Policy News

Tanesha Allen on animal behaviour research, science communication and outreach #BESConservationCareersStories

This month Rosalie Wright talks to Tanesha Allen, a (nearly finished) PhD student in the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), at the University of Oxford. Tanesha’s long-held interests in animal behaviour and conservation led her to study for a Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge, then onto her current PhD work investigating communication in … Continue reading Tanesha Allen on animal behaviour research, science communication and outreach #BESConservationCareersStories

July 2020 – Policy News

Scottish Natural Heritage have reported dramatic increases in the number of people visiting outdoor spaces. UK POST are running various online training sessions for researchers interested in using research to engage with Parliament from October to December 2020.UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee have launched an inquiry into the state of biodiversity and ecosystems in the … Continue reading July 2020 – Policy News

Documentary research and filmmaking – interview with Liv Grant #BESConservationCareersStories

This month on our Conservation Career Stories series Rosalie Wright speaks with Liv Grant, who is a documentary researcher and filmmaker. She is a keen adventurer and winner of the 2018 Scientific Exploration Society Rivers Foundation Award for her challenging work in the Marquesas Islands. Liv is currently based at the BBC Natural History Unit … Continue reading Documentary research and filmmaking – interview with Liv Grant #BESConservationCareersStories