Forget Me Not by Sophie Pavelle review – a fan letter to Britain’s unsung species | Science and nature books

Sophie Pavelle has been busy. A science writer, presenter, maker of podcasts, ambassador for the Wildlife Trust and adviser to the RSPB, she’s also spent much of the last two years roving from Cornwall to Orkney in search of 10 species whose fortunes have been affected by human-induced climate change. More impressive still, she’s done … Read more

Big appetite for frogs’ legs among French and Belgians driving species to extinction | Endangered species

A voracious appetite for frogs’ legs among the French and Belgians is driving amphibian species in Indonesia, Turkey and Albania to the brink of extinction, according to a new report. Europe imports up to 200 million mostly wild frogs every year, and contributes to a serious depletion of native species abroad in the process. Scientists … Read more

Polar bears found thriving despite lack of sea ice offer hope for species | Animals

Polar bears have become the furry face of the climate crisis, with experts suggesting the animals could be all but extinct in a matter of decades as the Arctic sea ice they hunt from melts away. But now researchers say they have found a group of them in south-east Greenland who are surviving despite a … Read more

Bringing back native predators could tackle invasive species – study

Restoring native predator populations such as the wolf or lynx in parts of the world could keep problematic invasive species in check, according to a new study. Invasive species have been one of the main causes of extinction of some vertebrates in the past 100 years, with an estimated cost of US $ 162 billion … Read more

Strange bee-haviour: social life of Australian species offers insights on evolution, scientists say | Bees

The unusual social life of a native species of Australian bee has shed light on how cooperative behaviors in bees evolved, new research suggests. Flinders University scientists have analyzed the behavior of Amphylaeus morosus, a forest-dwelling bee that lives in small nests of rarely more than two females. The researchers believe the bee only made … Read more

Frog hotels: scientists build creative urban shelters to draw species back to Australian cities | Australia news

Tadpoling is a thing of the past in many suburban creeks, as humans encroach on frogs’ territory. But there is a way to lure them back – frog hotels. Herpetologist Dr Jodi Rowley, from the Australian Museum, says frogs are the “canary in the coalmine” that suffer first when the environment is toxic. “Most frog … Read more

Fish leather is here, it’s sustainable – and it’s made from invasive species to boot | Invasive species

Aarav Chavda has been diving off the coast of Florida for years. Each time he became increasingly depressed by the ever-growing void, as colorful species of fish and coral reefs continued to disappear. A significant reason for that disappearance is the lionfish, an invasive species that has boomed in Atlantic waters from Florida to the … Read more

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

Can cross-breeding protect endangered species from the climate emergency? | Evolution

The Houston Ship Channel is a rubbish home for a fish. It’s one of the busiest ports in the world and all that traffic has made the water slick with toxic chemicals. Yet the Gulf killifish has found a way: it has evolved pollution resistance by cross-breeding with a different species, the Atlantic killifish, which … Read more

Rewilding the red center: bilbies released into NT predator-free sanctuary in bid to save threatened species | Australia news

In the red center of Australia, a ring-fenced refuge for threatened native mammals is slowly but surely expanding its population. Earlier this week, 32 threatened greater bilbies moved in and 65 burrowing bettongs will join them before the weekend is out. The new arrivals are part of an ambitious plan to “rewild” 9,450 hectares of … Read more