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

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

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

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

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

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

Tools of the interdisciplinary trade – a workshop at #BES2019

On 12th December 2019, mid-way through the British Ecology Society's Annual Meeting in Belfast, Althea Davies (Chair of the Palaeoecology SIG) and myself (Chair of the Conservation Ecology SIG) led a workshop entitled: Tools of the Interdisciplinary Trade: how to make your interdisciplinary project a success.  We were joined by Dr Kath Allen, a NERC … Continue reading Tools of the interdisciplinary trade – a workshop at #BES2019

The Conservation Career-Starter Training|UK Sept

A residential joint workshop with Conservation Careers & the WildTeam Looking to give a boost to your budding conservation career? Don't miss this special four-day residential training course designed to increase your chances of employment within the competitive conservation sector! It's being held at Preston Montford Field Centre, Shropshire, between 21st - 24th September 2019, and … Continue reading The Conservation Career-Starter Training|UK Sept