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The Great Outdoors Is Largely Avoided By British Children
2013-10-16 15:40:32

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online British children are largely missing out on the bounties of nature. This is the conclusion of a three-year study that set out to measure the effects of the great outdoors on today’s modern children. According to research results, only 21 percent of eight- to 12-year-olds living in the UK have a discernible connection with nature. It’s possible that even if these children were going outside, they wouldn’t see the same plant and...

2011-09-01 17:00:24

Separating land for nature and land for crops may be the best way to meet increased food demand with the least impact on wild species In parts of the world still rich in biodiversity, separating natural habitats from high-yielding farmland could be a more effective way to conserve wild species than trying to grow crops and conserve nature on the same land, according to a new study published today (2 September 2011) in the journal Science. The study, by researchers at the University of...

2011-05-12 12:14:18

The banning of a painkiller that causes visceral gout, a fatal kidney ailment in vultures, has shown first signs of progress in the populations of South Asian vultures, according to scientists. But the study warns that the death rate from the drug is still too high, and that the complete removal of the painkiller, diclofenac, is needed to see further recovery of the wild vulture populations. Veterinary use of diclofenac in the treatment of cattle and buffaloes was banned in 2006 by India,...

2009-06-02 09:24:09

Retaining a network of wildlife conservation areas is vital in helping to save up to 90 per cent of bird species in Africa affected by climate change, according to scientists.The research team "“ led by Durham University - including BirdLife International and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) looked at the effects of climate change on 815 bird species of conservation concern in sub-Saharan Africa and on the network of sites designated for them (termed Important Bird Areas).Published in the...

2009-05-28 13:19:07

The "red list" of the UK's most threatened bird species has another entry: the cuckoo, BBC News reported. The cuckoo, known for its springtime song, has joined a long list of area birds such as the lapwing, yellow wagtail and herring gull, all of which have been deemed to be urgently in need of conservation action. Since 2002, the number of red-listed birds in the UK has risen by 5 percent to more than one in five. In the latest assessment of the UK's bird population, the RSPB said the...

2009-03-04 12:10:00

British scientists are saying that climate change is already having an impact on European bird species, BBC News reported. The researchers wrote in the journal PloS ONE that some birds are expected to do well as temperatures rise, but those are in the minority. A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which contributed to the study, said the trend is headed towards net loss. Birds that are expected to do well as temperatures rise have indeed increased in number...

2009-02-23 13:49:44

Thanks to a scheme that reduces the number of seabirds that are accidentally killed by the fishing industry, the outlook for the endangered albatross is looking better. Three-quarters of albatross species are at risk of extinction, mostly due to the long lines that are deployed to catch fish like tuna. Initiatives by South Africa show how the lines can be made safer. In 2006, the Albatross Task Force (ATF) project launched, and last year it cut the number of birds killed in South African...

2008-10-06 21:00:17

Birds including cirl buntings and twites will also benefit from the cash, as will wetland landscapes in various parts of the country plus marine species in the Isle of Scilly, Natural England said. The Government's conservation agency will also fund projects which aim to preserve traditional orchards and moves to restore hedgerows in an attempt to help hazel dormice. The programme aims to help some of England's most threatened species and habitats in an attempt to halt the loss of...

2008-10-01 21:00:11

A tagged osprey making his first migration from Scotland to North Africa headed out into the Atlantic and is believed to have died there. Deshar, born three months ago at a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sanctuary, was fitted with a satellite tag, The Scotsman reported. Richard Thaxton, head of the Loch Garten Visitors Center, said he was saddened by Deshar's fate. "The satellite data showed, unknown to him of course, that he was heading for the Azores, but he missed the...

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