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


Forestry on the up says Ewing - Forestry Commission Scotland

With an increase of funding resulting in more woodland creation, buoyant timber prices and a strong demand for wood, Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing says conditions for growth have never been better in the forestry sector.
Mr Ewing increased the Forestry Grants Scheme budget from £40m to £46m and this is enabling the approval of more woodland and tree planting projects.   Added to this, the timber market is currently seeing record prices being paid for timber, which is demonstrating that, from planting to harvesting, forestry is clearly thriving.
Speaking at the Royal Scottish Forestry Society meeting in Inverness today, Mr Ewing said: “Our overall ambition is the continued growth of the industry, increasing the already substantial contribution that forestry makes to Scotland’s economy, environment and people.  Getting the right trees in the right place is at the heart of forestry growth and it is very encouraging to see woodland creation activity on the increase. During 2017, more than 800 Forestry Grant Scheme contracts were awarded, including 300 woodland creation projects. 


Wales to become first ‘Refill Nation’ in the World - Welsh Government

The Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn has announced plans to consolidate Wales’s place as the leading UK nation for recycling and reducing waste, as well as her ambition for Wales to be the World’s first ‘Refill Nation.’ 

To become the UK’s first ‘Refill Nation’, work will get underway to improve access to drinking water in public places across Wales. The Welsh Government will work with City to Sea on developing the Refill campaign for Wales, as well as working closely with water companies  in Wales and more widely with our businesses, charities and major events. The work will also include a behavioural change campaign to help people see the value of water and make tap water their first choice for hydration. 

The Minister will also announce an additional £15 million of capital funding to further improve Local Authority recycling collection systems and infrastructure, including for plastics.

Speaking at the Senedd today, Hannah Blythyn will announce the key findings of the research on Extended Producer Responsibility which focused on reducing and recycling waste and reducing litter from six types of food and drink packaging.

Responding to the report, the Minister confirmed that the Welsh Government will work with Defra and other devolved administrations  The Minister said: “Wales is a world leader in recycling. We are the best in the UK, second in Europe and third in the world. I am keen to build on this success.  I’m pleased to announce a range of measures to further boost recycling and reduce waste, including £15m for Local Authorities to improve their recycling rates across Wales. I also want Wales to become the World’s first ‘Refill Nation’, making tap water easily accessible across the whole of Wales. "  


Community Links Fund - Scottish Government

Budget more than doubled for walking and cycling projects.  A fund, which supports the introduction of new walking and cycling infrastructure, will be more than doubled, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has announced.  £36m will be available through the Community Links Fund in 2018/19, the highest amount since it was launched in 2010.

The fund has previously helped projects like the cycling and walking path between Elgin and Lhanbryde, a cycle path linking Glasgow City Centre with its southern suburbs, and plans to redesign Stirling Road in Dunblane.

Mr Yousaf said: “We want Scotland to be an active nation, where people lead healthier and more active lifestyles. Cyclists often tell me they want to see more safe cycling infrastructure, which I fully endorse and is one of the reasons why this is the highest amount we’ve ever invested in the Community Links Fund. We want this extra money to create pleasant and safe routes which make it easier for people of all ages to choose to walk and cycle as part of their everyday lives. This is a great opportunity for organisations to bring forward projects that will encourage people to make active travel a bigger part of their daily lives and realise the health and environmental benefits that come with it."


Malham Peregrine Project attracts 250,000th visitor - Yorkshire Dales National Park

A man from East Morton near Keighley became the quarter of a millionth visitor to the peregrine falcon public viewpoint at Malham Cove.  Jamie Brown, 25, came to the viewpoint just as the male peregrine swooped from a cliff ledge to fly at speed above the heads of onlookers.  The Malham Peregrine Project is a partnership between the RSPB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and is now in its 16th year.  

Mr Brown, who was on a visit home to see his parents, said he’d loved seeing the peregrine:  “It was great to see him through the telescopes up on the ledge – and amazing when he flew above our heads.  I love coming home to see the Dales and get the fresh air – the nearest I get to wildlife now is at Richmond Park [in south London].”

The peregrines’ nest site is high up on the Cove.  Unlike last year, the nest is well into a crevice, rather than close to the edge, so it is difficult to get sight of it. However, it is now known that this year’s chicks have hatched, because the adult male was today seen taking food into the nest for the first time.

YDNPA Wildlife Officer, Ian Court, said: “Thank you to Jamie for posing for photos. He realised what a big moment it was for the Malham Peregrine Project to receive its 250,000th visitor.  The peregrines at Malham have been huge for the Yorkshire Dales National Park, both from the point of view of enthusing people about wildlife and drawing people in to the benefit of the local economy.  I’ve had children jumping up and down with excitement after seeing a peregrine for the first time.”


Benefits of primary school gardening - Horticultural Trades Association

of this year’s National Children’s Gardening Week (26 May-3 June) a report has been published by the HTA on the uptake and benefits of school gardening in UK primary schools.

Together, we help children grow - The state of primary school gardening in the UK – highlights that 9 out of 10 primary schools run gardening activities. 94% of primary school heads and deputies believe that school gardening benefits either pupils’ health, mental wellbeing, social skills, concentration or learning. In spite of this though schools have only 33p per pupil to spend on the activity, and are in need of more funding and volunteer support.

The report highlights the tremendous job that schools are doing with limited resources. With more support they could deliver even more benefits for the UK’s children.  School gardening has been shown to have many benefits to health and wellbeing. These benefits include:

  • Children with access to decent green space are 24% more likely to be physically active.
  • There is a strong correlation between happiness and feeling connected with the natural world.
  • Working towards a common goal with peers (e.g. growing food for the school kitchen), helps pupils to break down many barriers to social interaction.
  • Research has found that school gardening can give a greater sense of achievement and responsibility.
  • School gardening has also been shown to improve concentration levels with children returning to the classroom ready and willing to learn.

 While the research shows that teachers clearly believe in the benefits of school gardening too, they need for more funds and volunteers. 83% of primary school heads and deputies feel that more funds would help their school get more benefit from school gardening. 61% feel that more volunteers would help their school get more benefit from school gardening.

Download: Together we help children grow, the state of primary school gardening in the UK report (PDF)


New funding for Chesil Beach Little Tern project - Dorset Wildlife Trust

The Isle and Royal Manor of Portland Court Leet have generously doubled their annual contribution to the Chesil Beach Little Tern Project, helping to secure a safe future for this important seabird colony.

As stewards of the Crown common land on Portland, the Court Leet play an important role in overseeing various activities. They are perhaps best known for administering the beach hut rentals and of course beating the bounds, but their support in helping ensure the survival of the little terns on Chesil is less well known.

They have been partners in the current recovery project since its inception in 2009 after the colony had suffered a steep decline in numbers and was on the verge of extinction. The terns nest on that part of the beach which is common land and consequently the Court felt it was appropriate to help out.

The Chesil Beach Little Tern Recovery Project is a partnership between the Portland Court Leet, The Crown Estates, Natural England, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the RSPB who manage the project.

Image: © Andy Morffew via Dorset Wildlife TrustImage: © Andy Morffew via Dorset Wildlife Trust

Since 2009 the terns have begun a dramatic recovery through the introduction of new management techniques and an increased wardening presence. As well as employing seasonal wardens the project has come to rely on a growing band of local volunteers with more than 50 people assisting in the 24/7 wardening last year.

2017 was yet again a record breaking year. The colony has grown from just 10 pairs in 2009 to 38 pairs. And 73 fledglings, the most ever recorded at Chesil, left the beach with their parents to fly back to West Africa for the winter. In fact for the second year running the Chesil colony was the most successful in the whole of the British Isles in terms of productivity (1.92 fledglings per pair) and in the top five for total numbers of fledglings.


And finally for Tuesday:

New research from Fields in Trust demonstrate that parks and green spaces across the United Kingdom provide people with over £34 billion of health and wellbeing benefits.

We have an exclusive article from Fields in Trust all about their research in CJS Focus on Greenspace, due for publication on Monday 21 May, watch our social media for more details.


Beavers' do dam good work cleaning water, research reveals – Devon Wildlife Trust

Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows.

Beavers have been shown to reduce pollution entering water supplies. Photo, Michael SymesThe study, undertaken by scientists at the University of Exeter using a captive beaver trial run by the Devon Wildlife Trust, has demonstrated the significant impact the animals have had on reducing the flow of tonnes of soil and nutrients from nearby fields into a local river system.

The research, led by hydrologist Professor Richard Brazier, found that the work of a single family of beavers had removed high levels of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus from the water that flowed through their 2.5 hectare enclosure.

Beavers have been shown to reduce pollution entering water supplies. Photo, Michael Symes

All the work of one family: The family of beavers, which have lived in fenced site at a secret location in West Devon since 2011, have built 13 dams, slowing the flow of water and creating a series of deep ponds along the course of what was once a small stream.

Researchers measured the amount of sediment suspended, phosphorus and nitrogen in water running into the site and then compared this to water as it ran out of the site having passed through the beavers’ ponds and dams. They also measured the amount of sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen trapped by the dams in each of the ponds.

Their results showed the dams had trapped more than 100 tonnes of sediment, 70% of which was soil, which had eroded from ‘intensively managed grassland’ fields upstream. Further investigation revealed that this sediment contained high concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, which are nutrients known to create problems for the wildlife in rivers and streams and which also need to be removed from human water supplies to meet drinking-quality standards.

Access the report: You can read the full research report ‘Sediment and Nutrient Storage in a Beaver Engineered Wetland’ is published in the academic journal, Earth Processes and Landforms. 


World’s largest rodent eradication project a success: South Georgia declared rodent-free! - South Georgia Heritage Trust

  • The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia is officially declared free of rodents for the first time since humans arrived on the island over 200 years ago
  • Scottish-based charity the South Georgia Heritage Trust and its USA counterpart the Friends of South Georgia Island raised £10 million to finance the Habitat Restoration Project to eradicate invasive rodents
  • Covering 108,723 hectares (1087 km2), the Habitat Restoration Project is more than eight times larger than any other rodent eradication area ever tackled anywhere in the world
  • Habitat Restoration Project Timeline Infographic (image: SGHT)Three rodent detection dogs covered a total of 2420km, with their two female dog handlers walking 1608km, searching for signs of rats and mice as part of a comprehensive monitoring survey

Habitat Restoration Project Timeline Infographic (image: SGHT)

After nearly a decade of planning and four sub-Antarctic seasons of work by an exceptional international team, the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) has today [Tuesday 8 May] declared South Georgia free of rodents for the first time since humans arrived on the island more than two centuries ago. Professor Mike Richardson, Chairman of the SGHT Habitat Restoration Project Steering Committee said: “South Georgia Heritage Trust is delighted to declare that its Habitat Restoration Project is complete and that invasive rodents have been successfully eradicated from the island. It has been a privilege to work on this conservation project, the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, and I am immensely proud of what the small charity has achieved - it has been a huge team effort.


Titchmarsh: “Make a metre for pollinators” – Butterfly Conservation

Alan Titchmarsh is calling on gardeners to make a metre for wildlife this summer by providing a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators.

Butterfly Conservation’s (BC) Vice-president and celebrity gardener Alan, is launching the charity’s ‘Plots for Pollinators’ campaign.

The project encourages people to set aside one square metre of their garden or outdoor space to plant a nectar-rich flowerbed, or a colourful container garden.

Alan said: “The future of our butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects is under threat, as the places where they live are disappearing. The cold start to spring may affect how some butterflies fare this year, as they could experience a delayed emergence, meaning they’ll have less time to feed and breed - but you can help by creating some ‘plots for pollinators’. There are so many different flowers that are great nectar sources, like Catmint, Cosmos or Calendula. See if you can find just one square metre and you could attract lots of butterflies this spring and summer, like my favourite, the Red Admiral. It doesn’t have to be on the lawn either – you could create a vertical garden on a bit of unused wall or fence and this would make a huge difference for pollinators.”

Pollinating insects are important for the fertilisation of many crops, as well as other plants, trees and wild flowers.

Gardens can act as important refuges for pollinators, which are increasingly under threat from habitat loss, agricultural intensification and climate change.

Previously widespread species, such as the Small Tortoiseshell and Garden Tiger moth, have seen their numbers plummet in recent years.


Help protect our ground nesting birds this spring and summer – Cairngorms National Park

(image: Cairngorms National Park)The Cairngorms National Park is a very important place for wildlife and we’re lucky enough to have some of the UK’s rarest species on our doorstep – and we all have a role to play in helping them to thrive.

(image: Cairngorms National Park)

At this time of year the Park is a particularly important breeding area for ground nesting birds such as capercaillie, lapwings, curlews and hen harriers to name a few. At this time of year our woodlands, moorlands and farmlands are where these species like to nest and raise their chicks – they don’t nest up trees; they prefer the ground and are therefore so much more vulnerable to predation and disturbance. Which is why the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), as the Outdoor Access Authority, is asking dog owners to be particularly careful when out and about over these next few months.

Residents and visitors alike are being asked to be mindful that ground nesting birds could be close by. If you know or suspect a nest is close, try your best to avoid it and give a wide berth to young birds or to adult birds that seem to be distressed. If in doubt, you could stay on main paths and tracks, put your dog on a lead or keep it under very close control.

Andy Ford, Cairngorms Nature Manager said: “Ground nesting birds are extremely vulnerable, and with some very rare species in the Cairngorms National Park, we need to do all we can to help them. We know that our dogs mean no harm but if disturbed, birds may be prevented from settling, or if already nesting they will fly away from their nests, neglecting their eggs or chicks.”


Recovery of nature must be at heart of government’s proposals for the future of food, farming and the environment – The Wildlife Trusts

Call to recognise the value of wild places as government consultation closes

Hare rape seed oil field (c) Chris Gomersall 2020VISIONLast night the government consultation on the future of food, farming and the environment once we leave the EU closed after receiving over 44,000 responses. This is a huge moment for the future of our natural heritage and wildlife – and so The Wildlife Trusts were among those who submitted responses.

Hare rape seed oil field (c) Chris Gomersall 2020VISION

The Wildlife Trusts welcome the consultation document’s suggestion that the public purse should pay farmers and land managers for delivering the benefits that they cannot sell but that society needs. Public money for public goods is vital if we are to restore uplands to hold water and prevent flooding in towns, create new wildflower meadows for pollinators and improve the fortunes of farmland wildlife like barn owls and brown hares.

However, The Wildlife Trusts’ consultation response asked for a more ambitious strategy to arrest decades of wildlife decline and allow natural ecosystems to recover.


Rescue effort saves rare eggs after spring flooding – Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Unseasonal April downpours have forced tens of thousands of birds to nest away from the safety of the wetlands after their habitat in the Fens, East Anglia became submerged.

(image: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust)Conservationists, trying to protect the rare black-tailed godwit, discovered clutches of their eggs on nearby farmland, trapped in mud, sparking fears over their future. Thankfully, farmers and conservationists were able to work together to help save the eggs.

(image: Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust)

A total of 32 eggs were collected from arable land and are now in incubators at Welney as part of the pioneering nature-conservation scheme Project Godwit – a partnership between WWT and RSPB, which aims to boost UK godwit numbers.

Hannah Ward, RSPB Project Manager at Project Godwit, said:

“The Nene and Ouse Washes in The Fens are two of just a handful of sites in the UK where black-tailed godwit breed. Historically, they nest on the washes, but the high water has forced them onto wheat fields where eggs have been fused to the mud and the tall crops conceal potential predators. Due to the conditions these eggs have been subjected to, we are anticipating a reduction in the numbers of eggs that hatch.”

Conservationists have been using a technique known as head-starting – raising young birds from eggs collected in the wild – to help boost the UK godwit population. Their numbers at the Ouse Washes are now critically low but it’s hoped that head-starting in combination with the creation of wetland habitat could restore the population to the numbers seen in the 1970s.


Waterbird survey celebrates platinum anniversary - BTO

The BTO/RSPB/JNCC Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), one of the longest running citizen science surveys in the world, is celebrating its 70th anniversary. As World Migratory Bird Day nears on Saturday 12th May, the latest WeBS report, Waterbirds in the UK 2016/17, has been released, reporting on 110 waterbird populations. The UK is of international importance for millions of migratory waterbirds which spend the winter here or pass through on their way to their breeding grounds in the north and east.
Beginning as the National Wildfowl Counts in the winter of 1947/48, in response to apparent declines in the numbers of ducks and geese, seventy years later the scheme has expanded to include all wintering waterbirds, counted every month by 3,000 volunteers around the UK.
Habitat creation or climate change has helped species such as Little Egret, Avocet and Bittern increase. Introduced species, Canada Goose, Mandarin Duck and Egyptian Goose, are also all becoming more common with increases over the last 10 years of 12%, 43% and 128% respectively.
However, many species of wader that feed in the UK’s estuaries in winter are declining. Ringed Plover are wintering in just half the numbers that used to spend the winter here 25 years ago. Wintering Curlew are down by 21%; this is a species for which other surveys have detected worrying breeding declines. There is more of a mixed picture for duck species that use inland waterbodies - over the past quarter century Teal have increased by 40% and Shoveler by 80%, but Mallard has decreased by 38% and Pochard by 69%.


21 years of Operation Easter: is the end in sight for egg collecting? – National Wildlife Crime Unit

Operation Easter comes of age this year as it celebrates 21 years of protecting nests from egg collectors.

(image: NWCU)The annual campaign was developed in Scotland and is now facilitated by the National Wildlife Crime Unit based in Stirling, in conjunction with UK Police Forces and partner agencies. It has always been fully supported and approved by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland.

(image: NWCU)

The operation has helped to notch up a long list of convictions and now hopes to eradicate illegal egg collecting within a generation. But that won’t mean the work is over. It’ll continue to share intelligence on the trade in the eggs of wild birds, as well as protecting nesting birds from disturbance caused by over-zealous bird watchers and photographers approaching too close or by people intent on stealing chicks for falconry or destroying eggs or chicks for game or livestock protection purposes.

The Chair of PAW Scotland, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP said: “Over the last 21 years Operation Easter has played a vital role in Scotland’s efforts to tackle wildlife crime, by protecting many of our wonderful bird species from egg collectors.  In the past egg collecting and persecution led to the elimination of the osprey from Scotland.  Egg collectors also slowed the recovery of iconic Scottish species such as the golden eagle.  Everyone involved in Operation Easter over the years deserves our thanks for their part in securing a huge reduction in this selfish and irresponsible crime.”


New environment law to deliver a Green Brexit - Defra

Environmental Principles and Governance Bill announced as consultation launches on new body to hold government to account.

A new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill will ensure environmental protections will not be weakened as we leave the EU, the government has confirmed.

A consultation has started today on the contents of the Environmental Principles and Governance Bill, which will establish a world-leading body to hold government to account for environmental outcomes.

The body will support our commitment to be the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than that in which we inherited it. It will provide scrutiny and advice as we protect and enhance our precious landscapes, wildlife and natural assets and would be able to hold government to account on environmental legislation.


Scottish communities benefit from £6million Bags of Help funding - greenspace scotland

Community groups from across Scotland joined MSPs, Tesco colleagues and partners at a celebration event at the Scottish Parliament yesterday. The event celebrated over 2000 community projects across Scotland receiving £6 million from the Tesco Bags of Help programme.  The event was organised to mark the success of the supermarket’s flagship community grant scheme, Bags of Help. The initiative sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

To mark the success of the project so far, Tesco and greenspace scotland invited representatives from more than 30 groups and partners to an exclusive Parliamentary event at Holyrood.  Tesco works with environmental charities greenspace scotland and Groundwork to put the funding into action.

Emma Halliday, community enabler coordinator at greenspace scotland, said: “Bags of Help is breathing life into community projects all over Scotland. Working on the frontline of these projects, alongside Tesco, we see projects going from an idea, right through to completion. The funding is having a real impact on communities and this event will raise awareness of that.”


Fight against throwaway culture - Scottish Government

Experts from retail, the waste and chemical industries, the public sector and academia have joined a Scottish Government panel tackling plastic pollution.

The government has also appointed current Electoral Commissioner Dame Sue Bruce as chair of the Expert Panel on Environmental Charges and Other Measures, a group that will provide advice on dealing with disposable cups and plastic straws.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Scotland has demonstrated leadership in tackling plastic pollution. We were the first country in the UK to commit to introducing a deposit return scheme and we are currently consulting on proposals to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds, one of the items most commonly found on our beaches.  But I want to go further, and the creation of our expert panel  is an important step towards seriously addressing this issue in Scotland. The panel’s expertise and skills from across waste, legal, retail and public sectors as well providing a voice for young people and disabled people, will help us identify the bold actions we can take in Scotland to encourage long-term, sustainable changes in consumer and producer behaviour.”


Royal Horticultural Society rebrands pollinator plant label - RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced it is changing the name of Perfect for Pollinators - a logo used by retailers to show UK gardeners the flowering plants best for bees, butterflies and hoverflies – to Plants for Pollinators.

The new Plants for Pollinators label (image: RHS)The new Plants for Pollinators label (image: RHS)

Launched in 2011 in response to research that revealed a lack of flowering plants for pollinators, the RHS had been reviewing the logo after studies found that some of the plants carrying it contained traces of pesticides.

While the RHS encourages responsible growing practices, it cannot, as a charity, police how hundreds of thousands of plants are grown each year within the horticultural trade. Rather than get rid of the brand altogether – which would undermine efforts to boost pollinator numbers – it was decided to change the name to Plants for Pollinators; showing gardeners those flowering plants that are attractive to pollinators without commenting on the way in which they have been grown.

The RHS has also made available to gardeners a list of organic nurseries and will be working with the industry over the coming months to see how information about how plants have been grown can be shared with gardeners to help them make better informed decisions.


Genetic clues reveal origins of killer fungus behind the ‘amphibian plague’  - ZSL

A deadly fungus responsible for the devastation of amphibian populations around the world may have originated in East Asia, new research has found.Oriental fire-bellied toad from South Korea (image: Frank Pasmans via ZSL)

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), known as chytrid fungus, has long been identified as a cause of the decline and extinction of species of frogs, toads, newts and other amphibians across several continents.

Oriental fire-bellied toad from South Korea (image: Frank Pasmans via ZSL)

Chytrid is distributed around the world but to date it has remained unclear where killer strains of the pathogen first emerged.

Now, new research published in the journal Science and led by researchers at Imperial College London alongside partners including ZSL (Zoological Society of London), suggests the killer fungus currently ravaging global amphibian populations originated in East Asia.

The researchers highlight the need to tighten biosecurity across borders, including a potential ban on trade in amphibians as pets to ensure the survival of vulnerable species.

Dr Simon O’Hanlon, from the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial and first author of the paper, said: “Biologists have known since the 1990s that Bd was behind the decline of many amphibian species, but until now we haven’t been able to identify exactly where it came from. In our paper, we solve this problem and show that the lineage which has caused such devastation can be traced back to East Asia.”

According to the researchers, human movement of amphibians – such as through the pet trade – has directly contributed to spreading the pathogen around the world. They add that the paper provides strong evidence for a ban on trade in amphibians from Asia, due to the high risk associated with exporting previously unknown strains of chytrid out of this region. 

The group also highlights the threat of another amphibian pathogen which has also emerged from Asia (B. salamandrivorans or BSal) affecting salamanders in Europe and whose spread is also linked with the global trade in pet amphibians from Asia.

Professor Matthew Fisher, from the School of Public Health at Imperial, said: “Our research not only points to East Asia as ground zero for this deadly fungal pathogen, but suggests we have only uncovered the tip of the iceberg of chytrid diversity in Asia. Therefore, until the ongoing trade in infected amphibians is halted, we will continue to put our irreplaceable global amphibian biodiversity recklessly at risk.”

Find out more about the research 

Access the paper: Simon J. O’Hanlon et al Recent Asian origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines Science  11 May 2018:Vol. 360, Issue 6389, pp. 621-627  DOI: 10.1126/science.aar1965


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