A round up of the top stories as chosen by the CJS Team.
Monday 4 April
Battlelines drawn over St Kilda's protection reported in Scotland on Sunday.
Scotland's leading conservation body is gearing up for a battle over the future of remote St Kilda over fears the archipelago's sensitive environment is under threat.
The National Trust for Scotland, the islands' guardian, wants the
government to create a marine protection area (MPA) to safeguard the
World Heritage Site.
Green light for research into forest management effects on woodland birds News from Forest Research
Defra funding secured to investigate the effects of changes in woodland structure on bird populations
Forest Research, The University of Nottingham and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, are in a consortium led by the British Trust for Ornithology, which has successfully secured Defra funding to investigate the effects of changes in woodland structure on bird populations.
The main question that this work will address is whether habitat quality for woodland birds can be improved, and thus bird populations increased, through adopting particular silvicultural practices, management treatments, and/or by reducing deer browsing pressure.
Sir David Attenborough asks gardeners to help save the butterfly in The Telegraph
Sir David Attenborough has urged gardeners to plant butterfly-friendly flowers to help turn around the fortunes of dozens of species in decline.
Nectar points: a painted lady sits on a verbena Photo: PA
According to experts, five species of butterfly have already become extinct in the UK and almost half the remaining 56 species are under threat of extinction.
The country's butterflies have been in decline for decades, with the trend accelerating in recent years. Today more than 70 per cent of butterfly species are declining, wildlife organisation Butterfly Conservation said.
Tuesday 5 April
Adam Henson tells 'grumpy' farmers to re-brand in The Telegraph
Farmers have to get away from their image as “overworked underpaid whingers” and present a more positive side of the countryside, according to Adam Henson, the presenter of BBC’s Countryfile.
The presenter, who farms almost 1,000 acres in the Cotswolds, said food scares like Mad Cow’s Disease and salmonella gave agriculture a negative image.
More recently he said celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have presented intensive pig and poultry farming in a negative light by “scaremongering a bit”.
The presenter of Lambing Live, that kicks off this week, said the public should be shown a more positive side to everyday farming.
“We do need to improve our image. Farmers have often been viewed as overworked underpaid whingers. Farming is always going to be hard. We have to face those challenges but face them in a positive way. To stand up and say what we do better.”
This iconic landscape, formed from open downland, ancient woodland, heathland and river valleys, supports a great variety of trees, plants, birds and other wildlife and is enjoyed by thousands of people.
The RSPB has a long association with the South Downs. Its Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve in the Arun Valley sits on the doorstep and offers a gateway to the new National Park.
Steve Gilbert, RSPB conservation programme manager, said: “The creation of the South Downs National Park is an exciting opportunity to care for and improve this landscape, for the benefit of local people and visitors alike, saving forever its natural beauty, inspiring views and unique wildlife.”
The RSPB will be a key partner in ensuring the creation of the National Park adds value and becomes a leading example of how to enrich wildlife and the lives of people by connecting them to nature.
Wenesday 6 April
The Big Swab 2011 by ARG UK
Toad task force :
:An army of volunteers will be wading into ponds across the UK to map the spread of a killer amphibian fungus.
Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are working with 400 volunteers recruited from the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG-UK) to swab more than 6,000 amphibians for the presence of chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis).
Teams of volunteers will be heading out after dark between April and June to swab amphibians in more than
200 ponds across the UK. The Defra-funded survey will include 100 more sites than the last chytrid survey in 2008, with volunteers in action in Northern Ireland for the first time.
In addition to sampling common toads, natterjack toads and the UK's three species of native newt, volunteers will also be swabbing non-native species such as the alpine newt and marsh frog. ZSL scientists are targeting new species and covering more locations in a bid to create a fuller picture of the UK's chytrid infection.
Is shark or killer whale at large near Great Yarmouth? Reported in the Eastern Daily Press
Beachcombers found a dead porpoise with a savage bite mark washed up on the shore only a few miles from where walkers found a similar gruesome discovery the following day.
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