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

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

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

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

Word on Westminster & Environment Bill updates

Departure of Michael Gove  Michael Gove set out the Government's position on a comprehensive range of environmental issues during a speech in Kew Gardens which marked one of his final days as Secretary of State for Environment.                          https://www.wcl.org.uk/michael-gove-asks-if-not-now-when.asp. Theresa Villiers replaces Michael Gove … Continue reading Word on Westminster & Environment Bill updates

BES Conservation and ZSL Joint ECR Careers Workshop: Tips, tricks and optimistic realism

By Katie Bickerton Conservation is hardly a sector for those that want a high salary and an early retirement, however, there is an undeniable appeal to saving the planet. On the 10th May, around 40 postgraduate students and early careers researchers (ECRs) met at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), in collaboration with the BES … Continue reading BES Conservation and ZSL Joint ECR Careers Workshop: Tips, tricks and optimistic realism

What happened when 50 early-career ecologists got together to chat Brexit?

By Kate Howlett PhD student, University of Cambridge Twitter: @k_howlett Kate Howlett reports back from the BES Conservation Group workshop held on 20th February 2019 at Charles Darwin House. Last month some 50 early-career researchers (ECRs) gathered in London for a workshop which considered the question: ‘What do early career ecologists see as the risks … Continue reading What happened when 50 early-career ecologists got together to chat Brexit?