May 2024

In this issue

An Uncertain Future for the Broads – The Midwife Toad – Restoring Arable Wildlife – Identifying Small Mustelid Tracks – Ash Dieback in Woodland Reserves

Articles in this issue

George Peterken

Ash Dieback in woodland nature reserves

George Peterken, David Cracknell, Cesca Beamish and John Healey

George Peterken, David Cracknell, Cesca Beamish and John Healey offer insights on the varied effects of Ash Dieback on individual trees, based on the uniquely detailed long-term study at Lady Park Wood, on the Monmouthshire/Gloucestershire border. Ash Dieback (ADB) Hymenoscyphus fraxineus has cut a swathe through our landscapes, woods, management programmes and research priorities. FirstSee more

Small mustelid tracks: a guide to identification

David Wege and Dan Puplett

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Reversing declines in arable biodiversity: challenges and opportunities

Clive Hurford, Jonathan Storkey, Emily Swan and Phil Wilson

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A beep in the dark: 120 years of the Common Midwife Toad in Britain

Steven J. R. Allain

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An uncertain future for the Broads

Patrick Barkham

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in this issue

Book review: Groundbreakers: The Return of Britain’s Wild Boar

If ever an animal deserved a bright, shiny new biography, surely it is this one. Red Kites, Ospreys and White-tailed Sea Eagles are returning to our skies, Pine Martens and Beavers are on their way back, and the talk now is of Wildcats, Lynx and even Wolves. Yet the Wild Boar, an invaluable keystone species,

Book review: Seabirds Count: A Census of Breeding Seabirds in Britain and Ireland (2015–2021)

There are many aspects of our birdlife that we should take great care of, but I would argue that our seabird populations are the most important by far, both nationally and internationally. Not only are these birds important, they are also relatively well-studied, although with 25 species to keep tabs on it is a major

G Laird (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Conservation news

Conservation news features summaries of the U-turn on Scotland’s flagship climate-change commitment, attacks from within government on Natural England’s power to designate and protect sites, and all the other headlines from conservation in the past month. 

Wildlife reports

Among all the usual round-ups, May’s wildlife reports cover the start of the 2024 dragonfly season, the changing status of House Cricket in Britain, and the arrival of a highly invasive clam species.

Alex Cruickshank

Habitat management news

Habitat management news reports on a trial comparing different approaches to removing Silver Birch saplings from heathland at Bucklebury Common, West Berkshire.

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