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A round up of the top countryside, conservation, wildlife and forestry stories as chosen by the CJS Team.


CJS In DepthInternational Cat Day

There is only one native wild cat in Britain (for now!) and work is ongoing in Scotland to ensure its survival. Read about one volunteer's Wonderful Wildcat Experience.

James Walker writes about what prompted him to leave a paid ranger post to take up this voluntary role with Scottish Wildcat Action, the work involved and the life changing decisions it lead to.

And of course find out more about the project:  Scottish Wildcat Action is the first national project to save the highly endangered Scottish wildcat from extinction.  


First ever images of pine marten in Yorkshire - Yorkshire Pine Marten Project / NatureSpy

The first ever images of a pine marten living in Yorkshire have been captured.

A single male pine marten was captured by NatureSpy on a wildlife camera trap on Forestry Commission land on the North York Moors. This is the first confirmed record of pine marten in the area for 24 years, and the first living record for approximately 35 years.

The Yorkshire Pine Marten Project, run by non-profit social enterprise NatureSpy in partnership with the Forestry Commission, began over four years ago with the hope of proving that these elusive creatures were calling Yorkshire home.

The ambitious project uses wildlife camera traps which monitor a particular area, 24/7, for months at a time and trigger when an animal passes in front of them, taking a picture or video. With support from the Forestry Commission and a team of dedicated volunteers, camera traps have been set-up in various locations around the North York Moors.

The last confirmed pine marten record in Yorkshire was in 1993 when a skull was recovered. Since then there have been a number of elusive sightings and reports of pine marten in the forests in Yorkshire. Recent evidence from scat DNA tests confirmed their presence in Northumberland but previous searches by other organisations proved inconclusive.

Pine martens are vigilant, mysterious and arboreal, making them near impossible to track and monitor without the aid of remote technology and baiting to tempt them down to the forest floor.  NatureSpy’s success is a result of a huge monitoring effort by passionate volunteers covering a number of sites and using some of the most advanced camera trap technology available.

Ed Snell, Yorkshire Pine Marten Project Co-ordinator for NatureSpy, said "To finally prove pine marten presence in Yorkshire is a massive achievement for everyone involved.” Pine marten are such an important species, being the second rarest carnivorous mammal in the UK, it’s so exciting to plan the next stage of the project and aid whatever populations we may have here”.

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Innovative app to transform cetacean citizen science in the Hebrides – Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust

A new app from conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is set to transform the way that members of the public and boat Image: HWDToperators can help gather vital scientific data about whales, dolphins and porpoises – collectively known as cetaceans – off Scotland’s west coast.

Image: HWDT

Whale Track provides an easy and quick way for anyone to report and submit their sightings of these species from across the Hebrides, and has been made possible by a grant of more than £79,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The initiative has the backing of television presenter, wild animal biologist and biochemist Liz Bonnin, Patron of Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

“Encouraging the public to play a very real part in the protection of their local wildlife is essential if we are going to have any chance of safeguarding it for the future,” said Liz. “Thanks to great advances in technology, the Whale Track app will allow everyone to contribute to research, no matter how remote their location – even if they are out of network or wifi coverage. It’s an exciting prospect, and a very positive step towards protecting this magnificent part of the planet.”

Whale Track is designed to work at sea and in remote coastal communities where there is often no cellular coverage – allowing boat operators, fishermen and other seafarers to get involved, while coastal communities can report their sightings from land.


Rare plant returned to Greater Manchester canal after remarkable rescue – Canal & River Trust

Gough with the rare Royal Fern (Canal & River Trust)Making special places for nature - 400 hectares of important canal habitat improved on 10 SSSI sites across UK

Bob Gough with the rare Royal Fern (Canal & River Trust)

The Canal & River Trust will restore the rare plant, Royal Fern, to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal this month after a remarkable rescue. It's part of a canal habitat improvement project Making Special Places for Nature.

The plant, believed to be the Huddersfield Narrow Canal’s only surviving Royal Fern specimen, was saved in 1992 when the canal was undergoing major restoration work by Huddersfield Canal Society in preparation for its reopening in 2001. Canal Society ecologist Dr Bob Gough noticed the Royal Fern had been discarded during the excavation works and managed to scoop up the plant from the water.

He took it home to his terraced house in Failsworth and has carefully nurtured it in a black plastic plant pot in his back yard for the last 25 years. A few weeks ago Tom King, one of our ecologists, heard about the rare Royal Fern and invited Dr Gough to return the plant to its natural home.


Unprecedented conservation project starts in Warwickshire - High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

As part of preparations for Britain’s new high speed railway, HS2 Ltd is creating its first new wildlife habitats along the line of route.

Work at the Finham Brook site in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, starts this month and includes the creation of 6 new ponds as well as new woodlands featuring over 6,200 trees and shrubs. It’s expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The new habitats will support local wildlife species ranging from birds to great crested newts. They are part of an unprecedented conservation project, which will see a green corridor of connected wildlife habitats created alongside the railway, including up to 7 million new trees and shrubs, as well as wetland, ponds, heathland and meadow.

Anthony Coumbe, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd’s Head of Environment for this region said: “The new habitats at Finham Brook will be the first of many to come between London and the West Midlands. They will help us to care for the local environment and serve as a new home to wildlife affected by the future development of the railway.”


Fake plastic trees could fuel your home – Brunel University London

Tech meets art in a life-like ‘energy tree’ with e-leaves that suck up sunshine and quiver in the breeze to produce solar and wind power.

Image: Brunel University LondonThe 16ft solar/wind tree can generate nearly three times the electricity an average family uses in a year and could completely change how we power homes. 

It works as a giant solar panel and wind turbine, so the stronger the sun and the windier the day, the more power it produces.

Image: Brunel University London

“We wanted the leaves to look like leaves, so we used a green plasma coated solar cell,” said Dr Zahir Dehouche at Brunel University London. “The idea is for people to see a leaf. It’s very attractive, an art installation almost that combines design and an energy system.”

Design and engineering students developed the tree concept and tested the e-leaves prototype for London-based renewable energy start-up, Solar Botanic.

Inspired by nature, its e-leaves are a thin sunlight-activated photovoltaic film, cocooned in protective green layer flexible enough to shimmer in the breeze. The branches, twigs and leafstalks are laced with high-resistance piezoelectric ribbons that harvest kinetic energy as they move, so sunlight, raindrops and wind all create energy.


Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham opens a new centre for volunteering and research - RSPB
A new volunteering and research centre was opened today (Mon 7 Aug) by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, as part of her visit to the Peatlands Partnership in Forsinard, Sutherland  

Image: RSPB

The Flows Field Centre is one of the key outputs of the Partnership’s £10.6 million Flows to the Future Project and is situated on RSPB’s Forsinard Flows National Nature Reserve.  The Field Centre, which cost around £2 million, is situated in the heart of The Flow Country and was completed in the autumn of 2016 by a local Caithness based building firm. 

After a tour of the Field Centre and a chance to meet members of the Peatlands Partnership members, staff, and volunteers working on the RSPB Forsinard Flows reserve, Ms Cunningham explained: “I’m delighted to be here to officially open this new, state-of-the-art centre, which should allow for further research, and therefore greater understanding of how we can best preserve these vital peatlands, and ensure it has a long term sustainable future.  The centre will also provide a much needed base for increasing the numbers of volunteers carrying out important conservation work in this area."


Record number of hen harriers fitted with satellite tags - RSPB

The RSPB has fitted a record number of hen harrier chicks with satellite tags, across a wider geographical area than ever before in the UK this year, more than doubling the number it tagged in 2016.

By tracking the movements of these threatened birds of prey, the RSPB will be able to build up an even clearer picture of where hen harriers go and where they are most at risk from wildlife crime linked to intensive grouse moor management.

This is the third consecutive year that the RSPB has tagged hen harriers as part of its EU- funded Hen Harrier LIFE Project. Birds have been tagged in Scotland, the Isle of Man and, for the first time, in Wales, by highly trained experts working under strict protocols.

Unfortunately, poor weather conditions at the critical time, just before fledging, prevented the RSPB from fitting satellite tags to any hen harriers in England this year.

The RSPB hopes that satellite tagging hen harriers will eventually help pave the way for better protection for hen harriers through the introduction of a licensing system for grouse moors. The Scottish Government recently set up an independent enquiry into gamebird shoot licensing after an independent scientific review of golden eagle satellite tracking data revealed that approximately a third of them are being illegally killed.

Blánaid Denman, Project Manager for the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE+ Project, said: “By satellite tracking more hen harriers than ever before, we’ll gain a clearer picture of where these birds are spending their time and what exactly is happening to them. We’ve already discovered previously unknown nesting and winter roosting sites, as well as been able to pinpoint where natural deaths and illegal killings have occurred.  It’s both infuriating and utterly heartbreaking to see these beautiful birds, year after year, disappear off the radar. Something needs to change. A system of grouse moor licensing would not only protect hen harriers but also tackle wider damaging grouse moor management practices, such as heather burning on deep peat and inappropriate drainage.  For now though, I’ll be watching our newly fledged hen harriers, praying for their safety, and waiting to see what incredible journeys are about to unfold.”

From September, it will be possible to follow the travels of a selection of this year’s tagged hen harriers, together with last year’s surviving birds at www.rspb.org.uk/henharrierlife


Grouse moors and conservation bodies join forces to deliver long-term environmental benefits - Moorland Association

A pioneering initiative between grouse moors and conservation bodies is set to transform the health of the nation’s peatland – a prized environmental landscape.

Restoring and enhancing the UK’s deep peat is fundamental to the future of the UK’s environment as it plays a major role in carbon storage, flood alleviation and the provision of clean drinking water.

(left to right) Richard Johnson, Director of Wemmergill Moor Ltd, Dr Therese Coffey MP and John Pinkney, head gamekeeper at Wemmergill Estate (image: Moorland Association) (left to right) Richard Johnson, Director of Wemmergill Moor Ltd, Dr Therese Coffey MP and John Pinkney, head gamekeeper at Wemmergill Estate (image: Moorland Association)

24,000 hectares of blanket bog have undergone restoration work including revegetation on grouse moors in England– an area larger than the combined cities of Manchester and Liverpool – and an increase of 50% on last year. English peatland experts who have carried out the work are world leaders in this field.

To help that restoration, grouse shooting estates are now developing new long-term management agreements in collaboration with Natural England to ensure the moorland vegetation is managed sympathetically for win-win goals. This new approach is considered to be a real step in the right direction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme, who have welcomed a move away from rotational burning.

Wemmergill grouse moor in County Durham was the first estate to have signed up to a new 25 year agreement with Natural England. Wemmergill is one of Britain’s most historic grouse moors, with shooting records dating back to 1872. Today the estate employs seven keepers and the plan ensures it is run in harmony with nature.

Rob Stoneman, Co-Chair of IUCN UK Peatland Programme, said: “I must pay tribute to the team at Wemmergill for their commitment to restoring the habitats on their estate. The partnership between the Wemmergill staff, Natural England and the North Pennines AONB is a beacon of good practice for all upland Britain, and is inspiring to see.”

Wemmergill Estate’s 25-year management plan can be viewed here


Welsh Government must provide leadership to protect our marine environments - National Assembly for Wales

The Welsh Government needs to take a stronger lead to safeguard our marine environments for future generations, a National Assembly Committee says. 

Coastline around Wales (image: National Assembly Wales)Coastline around Wales (image: National Assembly Wales)

Mike Hedges, Chair of the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, launched the report at the National Eisteddfod.  The report into the Welsh Government’s management of Marine Protected Areas in Wales found:

  • More funding and staffing is needed to ensure Wales’s marine environments are protected;
  • Funding for Marine Protected Areas should be area-based with a dedicated officer for each area;
  • The Welsh Government must work to ensure that Wales’s fisheries resources and the interests of the Welsh fleet are fully protected in Brexit negotiations; and
  • The Welsh Government must explain how it will address any future shortfall in funding for work on Marine Protected Areas that is currently met by EU funds following Britain’s departure from the EU.

Download the report: Turning the tide? Report of the inquiry into the Welsh Government’s approach to Marine Protected Area management (PDF)


2016 Breeding Bird Survey – JNCC

Latest results from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) show that everything might not be as it seems, with many of our woodland birds in trouble.

Breeding Bird Survey cover (image: BBS)The BBS report is published by the British Trust for Ornithology in partnership with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the RSPB. The latest produced trends for 111 species in the UK and the news for our woodland birds makes interesting reading.  Being a woodland bird in the UK is a bit of a rollercoaster ride, depending on which species you are. The decline in the Willow Tit has seen the breeding population fall by 80%, whilst that of its close relative the Marsh Tit has seen a 41% drop from 1995 to 2015.

Breeding Bird Survey Cover (image: BBS)

Long-distance migrants and fellow woodland species Spotted Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Nightingale are also in trouble. Spotted Flycatcher and Wood Warbler have declined by 38% and 57% respectively in the UK, and Nightingale by 48% in England over the last 23 years. Reasons for these declines vary and could be connected to migration routes, wintering grounds or issues here in UK woodlands. Tracking projects are underway to discover how pressures on migration and on African wintering grounds could affect these breeding trends. However, it’s not all bad news; some of our woodland favourites are doing much better. The Nuthatch, also a regular visitor to gardens, has seen a 90% growth in its breeding population, and that of the onomatopoeic Chiffchaff (it sings its own name) is up by a whopping 109% over the last 23 years.

Read the full report: The Breeding Bird Survey 2016 


65 badgers vaccinated this year - and counting! – Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust hit a milestone last week, as we have now vaccinated 65 badgers since resuming our campaign.

A key factor in our badger vaccination boost has been the amount of volunteers who have come forward. We currently have over 80 volunteers willing to help with badger vaccination and this number continues to increase. With the cull widening across the country the Wildlife Trusts argue that increasing vaccination of badgers and not shooting them is the answer. Vaccinations will continue throughout this summer and into the autumn.

Karen Hinkley recently asked us to vaccinate on her land in Ashover. She is a local farmer who keeps sheep and a few cows, and thanks to her cooperation we vaccinated five adults and three cubs there last week. She says “I am absolutely delighted that Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has recently vaccinated the badgers on my farm. Over the last twelve months, the badger group’s dedicated volunteers put in an immense amount of hard work, often battling through jungle like undergrowth, surveying all areas to locate the setts in preparation for baiting and trapping”.

Karen goes on to say “I have always enjoyed seeing badgers quietly going about their business in my garden and in the fields and woods during the thirty-something years I have lived here. I feel privileged to live near these unassuming but enchanting creatures. They have lived alongside my herd of traditional Hereford cattle which have never had a positive TB test. Badgers do not deserve persecution. I hope that the vaccination programme will prevent the culling zone extending into Derbyshire and protect these wonderful animals from harm”.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s Tim Birch points out "Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is leading the way in showing vaccination of badgers to be a better solution than shooting badgers in helping deal with bovine TB in cattle. It is a lot cheaper to vaccinate badgers and also does not need expensive police operations to implement. We will continue to roll out our vaccination programme across Derbyshire and are very keen to hear from landowners interested in vaccinating their badgers."


Underwater noise pollution stresses and confuses fish – Newcastle University

Increased noise pollution in the oceans is confusing fish and compromising their ability to recognise and avoid predators.

Researchers at Newcastle University found that European sea bass experienced higher stress levels when exposed to the types of piling and drilling sounds made during the construction of offshore structures.

The fish also showed signs of being confused when they encountered a potential predator while exposed to these underwater noises. When researchers played recordings of piling sounds and mimicked an approaching predator, the seabass made more turns and failed to move away from the predator. 

Seabass (image: Newcastle University)When exposed to drilling sounds the sea bass actively avoided these areas, spending more time in what the research team called the ‘safe zone’.

Seabass (image: Newcastle University)

The fish also took longer to recover from exposure to the underwater sounds.

Lead researcher Ilaria Spiga explained: “Over the last few decades, the sea has become a very noisy place.  The effects we saw were subtle changes, which may well have the potential to disrupt the seabass’s ability to remain ‘in tune’ with its environment.

“Sea bass, along with other bony fishes, rely on a characteristic ‘startle and response’ mechanism to get away from predators. Exposure to underwater noises can make it harder for fishes to detect and react to predators. It could also impair their own ability to detect food.

“Man-made marine noise could potentially have an adverse effect on reproduction also. If fishes actively avoid areas where these sounds are present it could prevent them from entering spawning grounds, or affect communication between individuals.”

Access the paper: Anthropogenic noise compromises anti-predator behaviour of the European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax Ilaria Spiga, Nicholas Aldred, Gary S. Caldwell. Published in Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.06.067


More than 100 cats trapped in fight to save endangered Scottish wildcats – Scottish Wildcat Action

Action to save the enigmatic Scottish wildcat from extinction received a major boost this week with the news that more than 100 cats have been trapped during a recent neutering and vaccinating campaign.

Scottish Wildcat Action’s far-reaching Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return (TNVR) programme was carried out in its priority areas, including Morvern, Strathpeffer, Strathbogie, Northern Strathspey and the Angus Glens. These areas represent a total of 676 square miles (1750 square kilometres) of wildcat habitat.

Feral cats present a threat to wildcats by hybridising with them and diluting the gene pool. Since November last year three wildcat project officers, contractors and dozens of local volunteers helped to catch a total 115 cats.  Of these, 82 were taken to a veterinary surgeon for treatment and later returned, 12 feral kittens were rehomed, seven cats were either pet cats or had been neutered previously and so were all released and two were possible wildcats that were released without neutering. The remaining 12 feral cats sadly tested positive for disease or were in such poor condition and had to be put to sleep on welfare grounds.

Scottish Wildcat Action is a national project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to halt the decline of this native species by 2020. It is led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and is a partnership of 20 organisations. The species’ conservation is an important feature of the Scottish Government’s 2020 Biodiversity Challenge.


Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve celebrates 10th anniversary – The Land Trust

From ‘one of the most polluted sites in Europe’ to a wildlife haven and vital community green space

Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve this week celebrated its 10th anniversary with a community event and ceremonial tree planting.

The 17 hectare site near Chesterfield was opened in August 2007, following reclamation work. The reserve was established on part of the former Avenue Coking works site, and the wider restoration work within The Avenue project is just now completing.

To mark the 10th anniversary, the Land Trust and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust hosted an open day, incorporating historical and wildlife displays, and a short walk to explore the site’s habitats and amenities.

Planting an oak tree at Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve 10th anniversary (image: Doug Jackson)The highlight was the planting of a young oak tree, mirroring the opening ceremony a decade ago. This time, Lee Rowley MP, Euan Hall – Chief Executive of the Land Trust, and Tim Birch – Head of Living Landscapes North of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, dug deep to get the tree off to a good start.

Planting an oak tree at Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve 10th anniversary (image: Doug Jackson)

Despite the wet weather, dozens of people came out to celebrate Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve, each with their own link to and love of the green space, and all advocating the importance of such community amenities.

Euan said: “It’s wonderful to see Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve continuing to thrive ten years on. Transforming the former industrial site into an accessible space for people and wildlife was an enormous task, but thanks to the resilience of nature and a strong partnership between the many organisations involved, it’s a huge success story.

Previously a coking works, the land and water were heavily polluted, but through the East Midland Development Agency and the National Coalfield Programme of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the clean-up operation created what is now a wildlife haven and much-loved community green space.


Striped dolphin’s sighted on Isles of Scilly survey route - ORCA

A rarely seen species of dolphin was spotted off the Cornish coast for the first time by citizen science volunteers.

ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyors on board the Scillonian III passenger ferry to the Isles of Scilly sighted a pod of striped dolphin during their survey on Saturday, the first ever reported sighting of this species in the area.

The three person team were on the bridge of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group's ferry on the way back from St Mary’s to Penzance looking out for marine life as part of the ORCA OceanWatch project when one of the team called out the sighting.  The group scrambled to catch a better view and some pictures, but unfortunately the animals disappeared from view before they could.

Striped Dolphin (Image: ORCA)Striped Dolphin (Image: ORCA)

However, it offers a tantilising hint that, as has been long suspected, striped dolphins do venture from their more typical habitats to visit the Cornish coast.

ORCA’s Head of Science & Conservation, Lucy Babey, said “This is a sensational finding and is the first solid evidence of striped dolphins in the area. Though we have seen them stranded (live and dead) around the Cornish coast there has never been a sighting of this species in the water and we are so proud of the team for their eagle eyes on this trip. The only disappointment is that only one member of the team saw the animals and no photos were snapped – as it stands we have to downgrade the sighting to ‘likely striped dolphin’ since it is such an unusual occurrence! However, the surveyor in question is one of our most experienced and we are 100% confident it wasn’t one of the other dolphin species commonly seen in the area.”


Police investigate persecution of breeding marsh harriers - North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police are investigating an incident in which men disturbed a pair of marsh harriers nesting on moorland north of Denton, near Ilkley, in Wharfedale.

In May 2017 a pair of marsh harriers was discovered nesting on moorland forming part of Middleton and Denton moors near the village of Denton in North Yorkshire. The site was monitored by RSPB investigators who photographed the nest containing five eggs. The adult birds were observed at the nest.

A camera was set up to record activity at the nest site. Video images recorded by the camera show that on 17 May at least two individuals, who appeared to be men, wearing dull, brownish green coloured jackets, traditional country caps, and carrying what looked like shotguns and a brown game bag approached the nest site on six occasions between 12.40pm and 9.30pm. The sound of several shots fired in the vicinity of the nest  were recorded, as was the noise of an engine, believed to be a quad bike. One of the men stood over the nest, bent down, and appeared to pick up something from the nest before walking away.  The following day, 18 May, a further visit by a man, similarly attired, along with a green rucksack, was recorded at around 9.40am. This individual stood over the nest, bent down, and appeared to remove something from the nest. An RSPB investigator checked the site on 19 May and discovered the nest had no eggs in it, with no sign of any debris from damaged eggs.

The people shown on the video at the nest site have not been identified. A number of men have been spoken to by police as part of the investigation.


Rare caterpillar found at RHS Garden Hyde Hall after 150 year absence from Essex - Royal Horticultural Society

A rare, red, black and pale green caterpillar, not thought to have been seen in Essex for nearly 150 years, has been found at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford. 

The 10cm insect which feeds on Spurge (Euphorbia) and belongs to the migrant Spurge Hawk moth (Hyles euphorbiae) native to Southern Europe, was found in the gardens by visitors Keith and Jennifer Fridd.

Spurge Hawk moth caterpillar (image: RHS)Spurge Hawk moth caterpillar (image: RHS)

Spurge Hawk moths are only occasionally found in southern England with reports of caterpillars even less frequent. Sightings of the moth in Suffolk have been reported this year, but the caterpillar found at Hyde Hall is thought to be the first seen in Essex since 1872. Warm weather conditions have been attributed to the find, with several other uncommon migrant moth species observed in the UK this year.

Elliot Wagstaff, Horticulturalist at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, said: “To find this attractive caterpillar at Hyde Hall is a real privilege and a fantastic addition to the wide range of wildlife that the gardens support. It’s possible that more could be found by eagle-eyed visitors but it may be that others have already entered the soil to pupate.”


Scientific Publications

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Shuling Yu, Baoshan Cui, Philip Gibbons, Jiaguo Yan, Xu Ma, Tian Xie, Guoxiang Song, Yuxuan Zou, Xiaojing Shao, Towards a biodiversity offsetting approach for coastal land reclamation: Coastal management implications, Biological Conservation, Volume 214, October 2017, Pages 35-45, ISSN 0006-3207, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.07.016.


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Noble, A., Palmer, S. M., Glaves, D. J., Crowle, A., Brown, L. E. and Holden, J., Prescribed burning, atmospheric pollution and grazing effects on peatland vegetation composition. J Appl Ecol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12994


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