Species recovery targets in England damaging and illogical, scientists warn | Biodiversity

The government has set damaging and illogical targets for species recovery in England that could mean there is eight years of decline before any improvement, despite already being at the “rock bottom”, scientists have warned the prime minister. Twenty-three leading scientists from institutions including Oxford and Cambridge universities, the Natural History Museum, the Zoological Society … Read more

Country diary: These white-tailed eagles belong in southern England | Birds

or bumblebee buzzes comfortingly around my feet. Chiffchaffs chime in the trees and hidden Cetti’s warblers burst into short blasts of song. The reed and sedge warblers aren’t here yet, but any day now the reeds and bushes will be filled with their chattering and whistles. Across the river, two displaying lapwings squeal and curl … Read more

Adders and slowworms to gain extra protection under new system in England | Wildlife

Adders and slowworms will be among animals given extra protection under plans by the government to “streamline” the process for protecting nature-rich areas. George Eustice, the environment secretary, said that he plans for brownfield and urban sites to be given greater protection as he scraps sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) and special protected areas … Read more