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Local Sites in Positive Conversation Management (PCM) – 2013/14 Norfolk figures released (30/10/14)

Local authorities should take note of the below figures for the government biodiversity indicator Single Data List (SDL) 160; especially as government guidance only published on 13th October 2014 states that public authorities can use this indicator to measure their commitment to the “biodiversity duty”, part of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 - more details about this guidance here.
On behalf of Norfolk County Council, NBIS undertakes the analysis of this indicator (with assistance from Norfolk Wildlife Trust) and reports the findings directly to Defra, as required under the SDL.  The 2013/14 figures (for the period of 5 years up to March 31st 2014) have recently been reported on and can be viewed for Norfolk and by district in the PDF download ‘SDL-160 2013-14 district summary’. A map of sites in and NOT in PCM for the whole of Norfolk can be downloaded here: ‘SDL-160 2013-14 Results Map’.  A PDF showing the changes in PCM over time is available to download here: ‘PCM Trends 2014’.
Any questions please email NBIS on nbis@norfolk.gov.uk

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from Sept/Oct (30/10/14)

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/spreading-their-wings-th... Spreading their wings: the next generation of young conservationists. The Independent 6 Sept 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/let-hunters-kill-deer-an... TV Naturalist Chris Packham: "Let hunters kill deer and Mink for a fee". The Independent 7 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/14/a-buzz-in-the-meadow-review... A Buzz in the meadow review - a passionate plea on behalf of our six legged friends. The Guardian 14 Sept 2014.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/the-coral-triangle/2014/sep/15/ho... How the tuna we buy is killing sharks in Indonesia. The Guardian 15 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/19/-sp-rewilding-large-s... Rewilding Britain: bringing wolves, bears and beavers back to the land.  The Guardian 19 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/22/where-the-wild-thing... Where the wild things are: the nature reserve giving kids the wildlife bug. The Guardian 22 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/22/how-to-set-up-a-natu... How to set up a nature reserve. The Guardian 22 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/22/norfolk-island-green-parrot... Norfolk Island green parrot rescued from the brink of extinction. The Guardian 22 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2014/sep/23/hairy-scary... Blog home Hairy, scary and lethal: how dangerous are Britain’s household spiders? The Guardian 23 Sept 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/lonesome-george-custody-... Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise corpse. The Guardian 23 Sept 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/how-to-save-... How to save Dartmoor's hill ponies? Eat them, says animal conservation group. The Independent 24 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/24/monk-parakeets-parrot... Eradication efforts bring UK's monk parakeet numbers down to last 50. The Guardian 24 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/25/-sp-nightingales-lodg... Nightingales v 5,000 new homes: the battle over the woods of Lodge Hill. The Guardian 25 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/25/wild-beavers-devon-uk... Trapping wild beavers in Devon would be unlawful, ministers told. The Guardian 25 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/26/invasive-chinese-mitt... Invasive chinese mitten crab found in scotland prompts salmon fears. The Guardian 26 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/26/extinct-cat-sized-chi... 'Extinct' cat-sized chinchilla found alive in shadows of Machu Picchu. The Guardian 26 Sept 2014

http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/biodiversity/archive/2014/09/... Finding ways to read small ring codes on little terns. RSPB 30 Sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/30/oak-processionary-mot... Oak Processionary moth population exploding in London. The Guardian 30 sept 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/oct/0... The data revolution is coming and it will unlock the corridors of power. The Guardian 1 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/01/walrus-mass-vast-numbers-al... Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats. The Guardian 1 Oct 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/11135369/Shy-corncrake-s... Shy corncrake stages unexpected recovery in the Highlands and Islands. The Telegraph 3 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/03/uncharted-mountains-under... Uncharted ocean mountains, trenches and ridges revealed by satellite map. The Guardian 3 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/05/threatened-species-ca... In the Age of Extinction, which species can we least afford to lose? The Guardian 5 Oct 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11141987/Wolves-... Wolves at the gates of Paris. The Telegraph 5 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/06/500-white-rhinos-priv... South Africa's Kruger National Park invites bids for 500 white rhinos. The Guardian 6 Oct 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/11144628/Landowners-face... Landowners face losing licences even if not convicted of bird of prey poisinings. The Telegraph 6 Oct 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/extinct-fish-found-in-the-lake-... Extinct fish found in the Lake District after millions is spent on clean-up work. The Independent 8 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/09/rare-monarch-butterfl... Rare Monarch butterflies spotted on England's south coast. The Guardian 9 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/09/siberian-tiger-vladimir-put... Siberian tiger set free by Vladimir Putin crosses into China. The Guardian 9 Oct 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-29566558?utm_con... Insect found near Kingussie a first for Scotland. BBC News 11 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/16/birds-migrate-uk-afri... Britain's migrating birds are drastically declining, RSPB says. The Guardian 16 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/16/romanian-politician-c... Romanian politician calls for the army to help control bear population. The Guardian 16 Oct 2014

http://www.nature.com/news/poisoned-vulture-could-herald-european-bird-c... Poisoned vulture could herald European bird crisis. Nature. 16 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/18/northern-white-rhino-... Death of white rhino in Kenya leaves only six animals alive in the world. The Guardian 18 Oct 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/cannibal-harlequin-ladybirds-no... Cannibal harlequin ladybirds now threaten native species with STDs. The Independent 18 Oct 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11172553/Brazili... Brazilian Wandering spider delivered in Waitrose online shopping. The Telegraph 19 Oct 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prince-of-wales-orders-cu... Prince Charles orders cull of grey squirrels to protect indigenous red population. The Independent 19 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/21/prozac-may-be-harming... Prozac may be harming bird populations, study suggests. The Guardian 21 Oct 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/watch-drones-used-to-mon... Drones used to monitor killer whales for the first time. The Independent 21 Oct 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/which-animals-are-nearly... Which animals are nearly extinct? The Independent 22 Oct 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-29728558 Farmland birds show rapid decline. BBC Environment 23 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/26/guillemots-study-skom... After 42 years of charting the health of our seas, scientist's studies now face the axe. The Guardian 26 Oct 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/27/englands-top-10-trees... Engand's top 10 trees shortlisted for 'tree of the year'. The Independent 27 Oct 2014

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from August (28/08/14)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10998856/Red-squirrels-are-fig... Red squirrels are fighting back against the greys, experts claim. The Telegraph 29 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28563737 Hummingbirds edge out helicopters in hover contest. BBC Environment 30 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28531090 Coral munching bumphead fish give insight into conservation. BBC Environment 30 July 2014

http://www.bto.org/news-events/news/2014-07/wading-birds-feeling-strain-... Wading birds feeling the strain on UK estuaries. BTO 30 Jul 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28545964 Broody octopus keeps record-breaking four-year vigil. BBC Environment 30 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28562796 Bloody red shrimp invades Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. BBC News 30 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/31/us-plan-wild-bison-ou... US puts forward plan to reintroduce wild bison outside Yellowstone. The Guardian 31 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28583945 UK's deep sea mountain life filmed. BBC Environment 4 Aug 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mega-penguins-massive-foot-sho... Mega penguin's massive foot shows it was tallest and heaviest ever to walk the Earth. The Independent 4 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28645693 Climate 'key driver' in European forest disturbances.BBC Environment 5 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28658268 Ant colony 'personalities' shaped by environment. BBC Environment 7 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/07/cranes-britain-wild-s... Last cranes released into British wild. The Guardian 7 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/08/new-jellyfish-discovered-gi... New jellyfish discovered: giant venomous species found off Australia. The Guardian 8 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/08/ruddy-ducks-cull-inva... Shooters set their sights on UK's last remaining ruddy ducks. The Guardian 8 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/10/wildlife-crime-alarms... Gangs raking in thousands from the rising tide of wildlife crime. The Guardian 9 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28731126 Warning after dolphin 'aggressively pushed man underwater' off Irish coast. BBC News 10 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/10/whale-shark-numbers-surge-n... Cleaner New York waters see surge in whale and shark numbers. The Guardian 10 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28743933 Seagrass fish feeding grounds 'lost like rainforests'. BBC News 12 Aug 2014

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-476/environmental-citiz... Environmental Citizen Science - POSTnote. Parliament.uk website 12 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/aug/12/wildlife-on-s... Wildlife on SOuth Georgia's Bird Island - in pictures. The Guardian 12 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28525963 Antarctic midge has smallest insect genome. BBC Nature 12 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/12/mexico-act-smallest-p... Mexico urged to act and save world's smallest porpoise - the little sea cow. The Guardian 12 Aug 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafri... South Africa to evacuate up to 500 rhino from Kruger National Park. The Telegraph 12 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28744701 Genetically modified flies 'could save crops'. BBC Environment 13 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28705053 Giant Amazon fish 'locally extinct' due to overfishing. BBC Nature 13 Aug 2014

http://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/story/2485372/mystery-fish-baffles-e... Mystery fish baffles experts after washing up in Tathra. Narooma News 13 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28781983 Pesticide ban call to save bees. BBC News 14 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/14/environment-minister-... Environment minister Greg Hunt admits Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. The Guardian 14 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/14/google-undersea-fibre-... Google reinforces undersea cables after shark bites. The Guardian 14 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/15/rarest-dolphins-under... Rarest dolphins under threat from oil exploration in NZ sanctuary, say Greens. The Guardian 15 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28797519 Magpies 'don't steal shiny objects'. BBC Environment 16 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/17/birdfair-rutland-wate... 22,000 flock to Birdfair, the Glastonbury of birdwatching. The Guardian 17 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28842965  Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa. BBC Environment 18 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28807901 River turtle mothers 'talk' to their hatchlings. BBC Environment 18 Aug 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/twitch-and-shout-birdwat... Twitch and shout: Birdwatchers are raving over rare birds in Britain. The Independent 18 Aug 2014

http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0818-hance-birds-extinct-iucn.html 13 newly discovered birds declared extinct. Mongabay.com 18 Aug 2014

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/could_banham_zoo_become_a_tropic... Could Banham Zoo become a tropical research paradise? EDP 20 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28853225 Tree-hugging snakes squeeze tight for safety. BBC Environment 20 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014... Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment. The Guardian 20 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28853387 Antarctic hides extreme ecosystem. BBC Environment 20 Aug 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/11047029/Invasive-terrapins-to... Invasive terrapins to be removed from park. The Telegraph 20 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28806198 Spiders 'do better' in cities, study shows. BBC Nature 20 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28871719 Seals 'brought TB to the Americas before Europeans'. BBC Environment 21 Aug 2014

http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbfs The latest Garden Bird Feeding Survey results are out. BTO

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28880216 Coral and fish can 'smell' bad reefs. BBC Environment 22 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/22/koala-survives-after-rescue... Koala survives after getting mouth-to-mouth and heart massage. The Guardian 22 Aug 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/25/last-ditch-plea-to-pr... Last ditch plea to protect pine forest adopted by Carnaby's black cockatoo. The Guardian 25 Aug 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pulitzerwinning-scientist-warns-wildli... Pulitzer-winning scientist warns wildlife face a 'biological holocaust'. The Independent 25 Aug 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rare-blue-lobster-found... Rare blue lobster found off US coast. The Independent 25 Aug 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28897118 Madagascar pochard, world's rarest bird, needs new home. BBC Environment 26 Aug 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/11052787/Exotic-European-birds... Exotic European birds to settle in UK as it gets warmer. The Telegraph 26 Aug 2014

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from July (31/07/14)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/25/liberia-caterpillar-plague-... Liberia caterpillar plague causes mass evacuation and crop destruction. The Guardian 25 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28022031 'Immediate protection' needed for Pitcairn's marine bounty. BBC Environment 26 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/26/tiny-wallaby-among-three-ma... Tiny wallaby among three newly discovered mammals in remote forest. The Guardian 26 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jun/26/uk-parks-crisis-budget-cut... UK parks are near crisi point because of budget cuts, say campaigners. The Guardian 26 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/26/vultures-africa-poison-carc... Africa's vulture population in jeopardy following mass poisoning incidents. The Guardian 26 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/29/emperor-penguins-at-r... Emperor penguins at risk of extinction, scientists warn. The Guardian 29 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-28080314 Giant 20kg jellyfish filmed off the Cornwall coast. BBC News 29 June 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/wildlife-groups-warn-of-... Wildlife groups warn of threat to British peatlands that give clean water and store CO2. The Independent 30 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/30/first-england-beavers... First wild beavers to be seen in England for centuries to be captured. The Guardian 30 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/30/cane-toads-on-the-march-inv... Cane toads on the march: invasive species finds 'ideal niche' in Australia. The Guardian 30 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-28105541 Bat recorded for the first time on St Kilda BBC News 1 July 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/10930682/Why-we-sho... Why we should encourage moths. The Telegraph 1 July 2014

http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/media/58143/Impact_Of_Citizen_Sci... The impact of Citizen Science activities on participant behaviour and attitude. TCV Report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28036330 Dormice 'take naps to aid chances of survival' BBC Environment 2 July 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/jurassic-britain-was-a-dinosau... Jurassic Britain was a 'dinosaur paradise' with over 100 different species roaming the UK. The Independent 2 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/03/australian-snubfin-an... Australian snubfin and humpback dolphins at risk of 'localised extinction'. The Guardian 2 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28023630 Chimpanzee language: Communication gestures translated. BBC Environment 4 July 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/hampton-court-flower-show/10942739/... Hedgehogs at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The Telegraph 4 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/06/florida-panthers-ranc... Florida panthers rebound as wildlife service offers ranchers payment plan. The Guardian 6 July 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardenprojects/10943705/Where-do-al... Where do all the garden frogs go? The Telegraph 6 July 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/bye-bye-big-bee-in-south... Bye bye big bee: In South America, the world's largest bumblebee is at risk from imported rivals. The Independent 6 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/07/pangolin-and-porcupin... Pangolin and porcupines on sale in Chinese market despite jail threat. The Guardian 7 July 2014

http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/newsitem.asp?cate=__15535 Migration ecologist wins 2.5 million Euros. Birdwatch News Archive 7 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28203680 Snapping shrimps: Females more aggressive than males. BBC Nature 9 July 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/mystery-6foot-crocodile-a... Mystery 6ft crocodile appears in middle of Greek lake - leaving local farmers terrified. The Independent 9 July 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/can-scientists-save-the-... Can scientists save the world's sea life from 'ocean acidification'? The Independent 9 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/09/chytrid-fungus-breakt... Scientists make breakthrough in fight against deadly amphibian fungus The Guardian 9 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/09/neonicotinoids-farmla... Neonicotinoids linked to recent fall in farmland bird numbers. The Guardian 9 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-28234689 Rare butterflies have 'stronghold' at Marsland, Devon. BBC News 12 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-28291988 New Zealand fights 'plague' of stoats and rats. BBC News 14 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28289877 Dolphin attacks on Cardigan Bay porpoises baffle experts. BBC News 14 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/14/annual-swan-census-be... Annual census of swans begins on River Thames The Guardian 14 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/15/cheetah-smuggling-wil... Cheetah smuggling driving wild population to extinction, report says. The Guardian 15 July 2014

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/horrific-scenes-gower-beach... Horrific scenes on Gower beaches as 70 dead sharks washed up on shoreline. Wales Online 15 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28290890 Wild honey bees: Does their disappearance matter? BBC Nature 15 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-28315555 Scottish wildcat 'safe haven' set up in Ardnamurchan. BBC News 15 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/16/its-time-we-gave-our-... It's time we gave our children permission to get outside and get dirty. The Guardian 16 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/16/battle-stop-capture-e... Battle to stop capture of England's first wild beavers in 500 years. The Guardian 16 July 2014

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/return_of_the_giant_killer_slugs_gardeners_a... Return of the giant 'killer' slugs - gardeners and farmers warned pests could return in their millions. EDP 17 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28358123 Software can decode bird songs. BBC Environment 18 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-28381139 'Shoved' sea eagle chick on Mull flies nest. BBC News 18 July 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10980526/Swarmaggeddon-wet-sum... Swarmaggeddon: wet summer creates 'perfect storm' for biting insects. The Telegraph 21 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28375794 Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms, study shows. BBC Nature 21 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/south-africa-move-rhi... South Africa considers plans to move rhinos to protect them from poachers. The Guardian 21 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-28400488 Green sea turtle migrates huge distance in Indian Ocean. BBC News 21 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/22/bush-bliz-which-found... Bush Blitz, which found 700 new plant and animal species, to be extended. The Guardian 22 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/jul/22/aussie-creatu... Australian creatures great and small: Bush Blitz in pictures. The Guardian 22 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28399182 When will we take medicinal honey seriously? BBC Nature 22 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/jul/23/urban-parklif... Urban parklife: a miniature world - in pictures. The Guardian 23 July 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10984162/Bats-get-the-bends-fr... Bats get 'the bends' from wind turbines. The Telegraph 23 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28372468 Antarctic fur seals feel climate impacts. BBC Environment 23 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28402710 Bats 'fly by polarised light' BBC Environment 23 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/23/tech-creche-calls-sma... Tech creche calls for smartphones to be left out of the woods. The Guardian 23 July 2014

http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/Red-List-for-birds-2014 One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar. Birdlife. 24 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jul/24/threat-chalk-streams... The threat to chalk streams, our unique contribution to global ecology. 24 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/24/meadows-britain-urban... Poppy fields forever: meadows take root amid Britain's urban sprawl. The Guardian 24 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28463036 Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery. BBC Environment 25 July 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10989198/Creepy-crawlies-decli... Creepy crawlies decline as human population soars. The Telegraph 25 July 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/summer-heatwave-may-enco... Summer heatwave may encourage 'tourism' of rare butterflies and bees to the UK, experts say. The Independent 25 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/27/warm-weather-good-for... As the weather goes balmy, nature sees many winners - and a few losers. The Guardian 27 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/28/koala-found-clinging-... Koala found clinging to car's grille after 88km drive in Queensland. The Guardian 28 July 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/save-the-tiger-countries-tha... Save the tiger: Countries that don't survey their tigers risk losing them. The Independent 28 July 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28492239 Eggshells act like 'sunblock', study suggests. BBC Nature 29 July 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/29/pangolins-being-eaten... Pangolins being eaten to extinction, conservationists warn. The Guardian 29 July 2014

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from June (27/06/14)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-27606864 Fossilised crocodile tooth 'largest of its kind in UK' BBC News 28 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27607978 Asian relative of cane toad threatens Madagascar havoc. BBC Environment 29 May 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10862581/Scrawny-owl-chicks-le... Scrawny owl: chicks left bedraggled by downpour. The Telegraph 29 May 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10863782/Wild-bird-thefts-o... Wild bird thefts on the rise as criminals use tactics from the Twits. The Telegraph 29 May 2014

http://www.wildlifebcn.org/news/2014/05/29/walking-rothschild%E2%80%99s-... Walking in Rothschild's footsteps. Wildlife Trust BCNP 29 May 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/world-on-the-verge-of-ne... World 'on the verge of next mass extinction': Humans have caused extinction rates to increase by up to 10,000 times. The Independent 31 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-27661738 'Incredible population' of crayfish near roundabout. BBC News 2 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27637747 Honeybees 'read maps' to find home. BBC Nature 3 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/04/cane-toad-like-species-disc... Alarm raised after cane toad-like species discovered in Melbourne The Guardian 4 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27684863 Koalas hug trees to lose heat. BBC Environment 4 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/05/endangered-quoll-disc... Endangered quoll discovered on Western Australian island. The Guardian 5 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-27714356 New Zealand: Landslide kills rare flightless parrot. BBC News 5 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-27722218 Anglesey red squirrel activist wins conservation award BBC News 5 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27719414 Farm wildlife protection plan 'fails' BBC Environment 6 June 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10886477/The-rise-and-rise-of-... The rise and rise of the black squirrel - caused by genetic mutation. The Telegraph 9 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27758640 Malaysia swarmed by giant moths. BBC News 11 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27784697 Great tits' 'black ties' smaller in the city. BBC Nature 12 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/12/more-than-90-of-lemur... More than 90% of lemurs face extinction, IUCN warns. The Guardian 12 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27798623 Plants hitch a lift on migrating birds. BBC Nature 12 June 2014

http://conservationmagazine.org/2014/06/are-some-penguins-benefitting-fr... Are some penguins benefitting from climate change? Conservation This Week 13 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jun/13/crayfish-feel-stress-clai... Crayfish feel stress, claim scientists. The Guardian 13 June 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/plans-for-five-megaports... Plans for five 'megaports' along Queensland coast threatens Great Barrier Reef. The Independent 15 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/16/wildlife-watching-be... Wildlife watching: 'The best form of meditation I can imagine'. The Guardian 16 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27831958 'Weedy thing' thrives as Antarctic shores warm. BBC Environment 16 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27832974 Personality dictates social spiders' roles. BBC Nature 17 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27890072 Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves. BBC Environment 17 June 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/extremely-rare-white... Extremely rare white whale 'Migaloo' sighted for first time this year off coast of Australia. The Independent 18 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27904153 Fish-eating spiders 'widespread' BBC Environment 18 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27951040 US sets up honey bee loss task force. BBC News 20 June 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10917091/Ancient-woods-under-t... Ancient woods under threat. The Telegraph 22 June 2014

http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/371252-bumper-butterfly-spectacle-hoped-for-... Bumper butterfly spectacle hoped for on RSPB reserves. RSPB News 23 June 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27980344 Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids 'impossible to deny'. BBC Environment 24 June 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/24/insecticides-world-fo... Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists. The Guardian 24 June 2014

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State of the Environment Reports for the Rivers Stiffkey and Babingley (25/06/14)

Following on from the River Glaven State of the Environment Report, similar reports for the Rivers Stiffkey and Babingley are now available for download from the NBIS website. Both of these new reports were written by NBIS and funded by the 9 Chalk Rivers Project.

The River Stiffkey has its source at Swanton Novers and runs north to the marshes at Blakeney. The river is ecologically rich and its cultural and historical influence can still be seen.

The River Babingley runs from close to the village of Flitcham through the Sandringham Estate into the Great Ouse. Surrounded by arable land, conifer plantations and marshland, public access is limited but where allowed there is plenty to excite wildlife enthusiasts.

Following a similar format to the Glaven report, the Stiffkey and Babingley State of the Environment Reports aim to inform, inspire and enthuse local people to get out and enjoy their local rivers. The data included can be used as a baseline to be compared against in the future to show how the areas are changing.

Download the Stiffkey State of the Environment Report here

Download the Babingley State of the Environment Report here

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from May (30/05/14)

http://www.idcd.info/ International Dawn Chorus Day was on the 4th May

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-27246790 Praying mantises fitted with 3D glasses in Newcastle trial BBC News 1 May 2014

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/01/us-science-starfish-idUSKBN0DH... Scientists vexed in probe of North American starfish deaths Reuters 1 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-27317494 Hebridean expedition to study endangered killer whales. BBC News 7 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/27324314 In pictures: 'Green Oscars' award winners announced BBC Nature 9 May 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/08/prince-charles-backs-... Prince Charles backs plan to kill grey squirrels The Guardian 8 May 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/08/dancing-frog-species-... Dancing frog species discovered in Indian jungle mountains The Guardian 8 May 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/conservationists-rejoice-as-cor... Conservationists rejoice as Cornwall is awash with basking sharks The Independent 9 May 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10822035/Migratory-birds-on-br... Migratory birds on brink of extinction in Britain The Telegraph 11 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27374482 Deep-sea 'graveyard' reveals fate of dead ocean giants BBC Environment 13 May 2014

http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0514-hance-monk-seal-genus.html Scientists uncover new marine mammal genus, represented by single endangered species Mongabay 14 May 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/14/scotland-wild-beaver-... Scotland wild beaver reintroduction trial 'an outstanding success' The Guardian 14 May 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/elephant-poaching-kruger-na... Elephant poaching reported at Kruger national park in South Africa The Guardian 16 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-27440797 Springwatch: Surge hit wildlife habitats need 'years to recover'BBC News 17 May 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/18/bird-killing-call-rob... Call for killing of birds deemed health hazards splits conservationists The Guardian 18 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27444661 UK overseas wildlife 'needs protection' BBC Environment 20 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-27466509 WWT Slimbridge given fresh hope with wild crane chick BBC News 19 May 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/19/warm-weather-boosts-h... Warm weather boosts hopes for rarest bumblebee's revival in Britain The Guardian 19 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27426866 The invisible killer threatening millions of migrating birds BBC News 21 May 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10845202/Rivers-rare-beavers-f... River's rare beavers face cull threat The Telegraph 21 May 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10845495/Eight-f... Eight-foot shark caught off north Devon coast The Telegraph 21 May 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/21/-sp-european-bison-eu... Return of the European Bison The Guardian 21 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-27511037 Early spider orchid found at Dorset's Swanage sewage works BBC News 22 May 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27492949 Colossal peat bog discovered in Congo BBC Environment 27 May 2014

 

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The River Glaven State of the Environment Report

We are pleased to announce that the River Glaven State of the Environment Report is now available for download from the NBIS website. The report was written by NBIS and was funded by the 9 Chalk Rivers Project which is run by the Norfolk Rivers Trust.

The River Glaven is a beautiful chalk river which flows for 17km from Lower Bodham to Cley sluice in North Norfolk. The river is home to a wealth of wildlife and has many fascinating historic remnants within its catchment. Public access to the river is good.

This report brings together key information about the environment of the Glaven catchment, showcasing the important sites, species, habitats, geology and historic features of the area. It aims to inform, inspire and enthuse local people to get out and enjoy the Glaven area. The data included provide a baseline to be compared against in the future to show how the environment of the Glaven catchment is changing. The report includes contributions from people who live and work in the Glaven catchment itself.

This River Glaven report will be followed by similar reports for the Rivers Stiffkey and Babingley, also as part of the 9 Chalk Rivers Project.

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The April E-Bulletin ("Biodiversity News in Norfolk"): available to DOWNLOAD NOW (30/04/14)

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A collection of interesting national biodiversity news from April (30/04/14)

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/27/parakeets-force-out-n... Parakeets force out native birds, researchers find. Guardian 27th March 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/27/rubbish-on-british-be... Rubbish on British beaches reached highest levels in two decades in 2013. Guardian 27 March 2014

http://phys.org/news/2014-03-student-drone-starlings.html Student designs drone to study starlings. Phys.org 27 March 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/201... Predicting future biodiversity under climate change. Guardian 28th March 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/31/ipcc-climate-report-w... IPCC report: climate impacts on wildlife. Guardian 31st March 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26818863 Japan accepts court ban on Antarctic whaling BBC News 31st March 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/03/honeybees-fly-further... Scientists decode honeybee 'waggle dance'. Guardian 3rd April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/07/endangered-butterfly-... Endangered butterfly defies climate change with new diet and habitat. Guardian 7 April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/07/britain-honey-bee-col... Britain's honeybee colony deaths among worst in Europe, study reveals. Guardian 7th April 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/26851727 Rare blackthroated blue robins spotted in China. BBC Nature 8th April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/09/british-butterflies-f... British butterflies make fluttering recovery thanks to hot summer Guardian 9th April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/10/worlds-100-most-uniqu... Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered birds. Guardian 10 April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/apr/14/cities-animals-urban-envir... Should cities be for animals too? Guardian 14th April 2014

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/15/monarch-butterflies-m... Monarch Butterflies Shrink, Get Paler After Skipping a Meal. National Geographic 15th April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/apr/15/british-mamma... British mammal photographer of the year 2014 - in pictures. 15th April 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10770348/Invasive-foreign-spec... Invasive foreign species pose a threat to the global ecosystem. So when will we learn not to meddle with nature? Telegraph 16th April 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/swarm-of-deadly-asian-hor... Deadly Asian hornets could be heading to Britain. The Independent 17th April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/17/rspb-grey-squirrel-ga... Grey squirrel tops garden wildlife survey. Guardian 17th April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/18/easter-bank-holiday-w... Easter weekend weather off to a sunny start as butterflies and bluebells abound. Guardian 18th April 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-27061031 No more environmental xenophobia: British wildlife has a taste for the exotic and can thrive on non-native plant species. The Independent. 20 April 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/austral... Mass starfish cull to save Great Barrier Reef. Telegraph 22 Apr 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-27142843 Police search after tagged sea eagle disappears BBC News 24 April 2014

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/fencing-risk-607.html#cr Fencing off conservation areas could put some species at risk. Wildlife Extra April 2014

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/pygmy-blue-whale%20.html#cr Pygmy blue whale tracked for first time. Wildlife Extra April 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2014/apr/06/secret-life... The secret life of the slippery eel. Guardian April 2014

 

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