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

June 2020 – Policy News

Defra have launched a consultation on the England Tree Strategy. Image: Sara Shotley UK: POST at UK Parliament has released a new POSTnote discussing how to manage land uses for environmental benefits.Nature4Climate, in partnership with the Planetary Emergency Partnership, the Club of Rome and the World Economic Forum are running a webinar - "A Nature-Positive … Continue reading June 2020 – Policy News

New book: Conservation Research, Policy and Practice

Conservation Research, Policy and Practice The BES has published its first open access book: Conservation Research, Policy and Practice edited by Bill Sutherland, Peter Brotherton, Zoe Davies, Nancy Ockendon, Nathalie Pettorelli and Juliet Vickery. How should evidence be collated and presented to policymakers to maximise its impact? How can effective collaboration between conservation scientists and decision-makers be … Continue reading New book: Conservation Research, Policy and Practice

#BES ConservationCareersStories: Holly O’Donnell

This month Rosalie Wright talks to Holly O’Donnell, a researcher at the Wildlife Conservation Unit (WildCRU), Oxford University. Holly has spent a number of years working in South America from Paraguay to the Peruvian Amazon. Her current work involves processing camera trap images from the Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme but her interests range from small and … Continue reading #BES ConservationCareersStories: Holly O’Donnell

Homeschooling for nature: The “Lost Words” Wildlife & Poetry activity packs

It’s important as conservationists to take time to not only worry about nature and care for it, but to celebrate its joys as well. As lockdown has simply forced us to stay put, many people are noticing nature more in their local area, and perhaps appreciating it on a deeper level. After all, human movements … Continue reading Homeschooling for nature: The “Lost Words” Wildlife & Poetry activity packs

April 2020 – Policy News

First up this month, a new book from Bill Sutherland and colleagues, Conservation Research, Policy and Practice, has been published by the BES’s Ecological Reviews. Aimed at both researchers and practitioners, the book provides insights from scientists, government agencies and advisors, and NGOs on all aspects of how to get good evidence into conservation policy … Continue reading April 2020 – Policy News

Hollie Booth – BES #ConservationCareersStories

This month Rosalie Wright talks with Hollie Booth – a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS) at the University of Oxford. Her current work focusses on understanding the biological, technical and social drivers behind shark fisheries, but her career background includes environmental policy in Cambridge, UK, community-based tourism in Ethiopia and … Continue reading Hollie Booth – BES #ConservationCareersStories

February 2020 – Policy News

UK: Cabinet reshuffle results in a new Environment Minister. George Eustice MP has been a junior Minister in Defra since 2013. This month, he addressed the NFU annual conference on the future of greener farming, see his speech hereNew POSTnote published on climate change-biodiversity interactionsThoughts from Brexit & Environment team on the road ahead for the environment post-Brexit England: Defra … Continue reading February 2020 – Policy News

Making an Impact – presentations from our policy day

On Friday 6th March 2020, over forty people flocked to the BES Offices in London to learn more about Making an Impact: Understanding the ways you can engage with the UK Parliament and Policy. It was a hugely interesting and informative day, and we hope that people left understanding more about how they can get … Continue reading Making an Impact – presentations from our policy day

Making #PolicyImpacts: tips & advice from our latest event

Practical advice from the “Making an Impact: Understanding the ways you can engage with the UK Parliament and Policy” event, by Kasia Mikołajczak and Lydia Cole Chances are that if you’re reading this blog and working in ecology, it’s because you want your work to have a positive impact on the environment. And you’ve probably … Continue reading Making #PolicyImpacts: tips & advice from our latest event

Making an Impact: Understanding the ways you can engage with the UK Parliament and Policy

Join the BES Policy team and Conservation SIG for a 1-day workshop on communicating your science to inform policy – Friday 6th March, BES Offices, London With an ever-increasing need for ecological scientists to communicate their research to the people who shape environmental policy, this workshop is designed to show them how to do this.  The … Continue reading Making an Impact: Understanding the ways you can engage with the UK Parliament and Policy

Conservation Career Stories: Joshua Powell

In our first blog in the #ConservationCareersStories series, Rosalie Wright talks with Joshua Powell, to hear about his career experiences as a conservation biologist who has a keen interest in the social and political dimensions of conservation. Josh is a National Geographic Explorer and one of the faces for WWF’s #WWF Voices campaign. He has … Continue reading Conservation Career Stories: Joshua Powell

Funding available for New Phytologist Symposia

Funding of up to £43k is available to run New Phytologist Symposia and Workshops, with slots available for 2022 onwards. The application deadline for Symposia proposals is 29 February 2020.  The internationally renowned series of New Phytologist Symposia supports emerging and key areas of plant science research. These meetings usually last between one and three days, with … Continue reading Funding available for New Phytologist Symposia