August 2023

In this issue

The Sandhill Rustic Moth – Boris Johnson’s Green Legacy – Shapeshifting Hollies – Conservation Translocations in Britain – Are Nest Boxes for Swifts a Good Idea?

Articles in this issue

Dick Newell

Are nest boxes for Swifts a good idea?

Dick Newell and John Willis

Swifts have experienced dramatic declines – in Britain numbers have fallen by 60% between 1994 and 2019 – and the loss of nest sites in our urban areas is a significant factor. The installation of nest boxes is an effective yet simple way to mitigate these losses, and Dick Newell and John Willis describe theSee more

Conservation translocations in Britain

Martin Gaywood, David Bavin, Sarah Dalrymple, Aline Finger, Jim Foster and Delphine Pouget

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Shapeshifting hollies: unnoticed change?

Max Coleman

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The Sandhill Rustic moth in Britain and Ireland

Adrian Spalding

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Editorial: Where are they now? Climate-change canaries are falling silent

Roger Morris

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in this issue

Book review: The Biodiversity Gardener: Establishing a Legacy for the Natural World

View this book on the NHBS website In recent years, wildlife gardening books have sprouted like asparagus spears, urging us to dig a pond, plant a wildflower meadow or build a log-pile. Concessions to wildlife have become prevalent enough for television presenter Alan Titchmarsh to protest earlier this year that the activity should not replace

Book review: Trees and Woodlands

View this book on the NHBS website Britain may be one of the least wooded countries in Europe, yet woodlands occupy a special place in our culture and affections. Our relationships with woodland and trees are multidimensional and far from static. People are fiercely protective of them: witness the successful protests against privatisation of state

Alison Day (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Conservation news

August’s conservation news highlights the EU Nature Restoration Law, an independent evidence review into the management of protected sites on Dartmoor, the end of grouse shooting on a water company’s land, and much more.

Charlie Jackson (CC BY 2.0)

Wildlife reports

August’s wildlife report features the discovery of the jumping spider Heliophanus kochii in Brighton, the well-camouflaged Sea Fan Sea Slug, the increase of ‘tiny’ or ‘micro’ forests across Britain, the usual round up of birds, flies and myriapods and isopods, and much more.

Daniel Hargreaves

Habitat management news

August’s habitat management news covers a Vincent Wildlife Trust study recently published in Conservation Evidence Journal that looks at managing conflict between Barn Owls and Greater Horseshoe Bats at shared nest sites.

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