The capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is a truly magnificent species, one that almost seems too significant and primeval to occur in the small remaining pockets of Caledonian pine forests in the 21st century.
It is heartening to read Julian Freeman-Attwood’s comments (letter, Jan 14) on the importance of wildlife corridors. Government policy must be bold and not just link farms, but get farmers working together to achieve the best for Britain’s wildlife.
A selection of some of the most interesting conservation stories that have made the news in the past week.
The GWCT has long advocated the need to focus on soil health. At our demonstration farm, the Allerton project, we have undertaken much research to understand what constitutes a healthy soil.
New research just published reveals a worrying lack of awareness around biodiversity and the critical role it plays in protecting our planet and future survival.
Below is a selection of some of the most interesting conservation stories that have made the news in the past week.
A call has gone out to the UK’s farmers, gamekeepers and land managers to take part in the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count from 4 – 20 February 2022.
The barn owl’s (Tyto alba) core breeding season, specifically from egg laying to chick fledging, is usually between April and August. But this timescale can vary due to various factors, such as weather conditions, prey availability and the experience of adults in rearing young.
In the wake of COP26, climate change is something many of us are thinking about – and rightly so. Following COP21 in 2015, 195 nations adopted the Paris Climate Agreement and committed to try and keep the global average temperature no more than 2°C warmer than pre-industrial levels, aiming for less than 1.5°C of warming.
Speaking at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference, NFU President Minette Batters hailed the positive impact of Britain’s farmers, describing them as working conservationists and urging politicians to remember the people who lay at the heart of a better future.