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First Wild Beaver in 800 Years Confirmed in England? [Video]

eurasian beaver

Few species recoveries have ever been as dramatic as that of the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber). Once overhunted to near extinction, only 1,200 beavers remained by the year 1900. Today, after more than a century of intense management and reintroductions, the beaver population stands at more than one million (pdf), which can now be found [...]

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Rare Naked Ladies Crocus Infected with Even Rarer Smutty Fungus

Urocystis colchici

Who knew botany and mycology could be so naughty? Naked ladies and smut have come to light in the U.K., but not in the way you might think. Yes, you can get your minds out of the gutter. We’re talking about the rare plant called the naked ladies crocus (Colchicum autumnale) and the even rarer [...]

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3 British Moths Extinct; Most Other Species in Decline

Orange Upperwing - A Spalding, Butterfly Conservation

Three moth species have disappeared from the U.K. in the past decade and two thirds of the species that remain have suffered dramatic population crashes according to new research from the organizations Butterfly Conservation and Rothamsted Research. The news is published in the new report “The State of Britain’s Larger Moths 2013″ (pdf), which covers [...]

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Disease-Carrying Virile American Crayfish Invade U.K. Rivers

virile crayfish

U.S. crayfish and their British cousins do not get along. First the U.K. was invaded by the American signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) carrying the deadly crayfish plague, which has killed 95 percent of Britain’s native white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) over the past 20 years. Now another invasive crayfish species—the virile crayfish (Orconectes virilis), native to [...]

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SEGA and Sonic step in (briefly) to protect endangered hedgehogs

Britain’s beloved hedgehogs are in crisis. Some 50,000 hedgehogs die every year under the wheels of cars and trucks throughout the U.K. That high death rate has had a mighty toll on the cute little creatures: There are now 300,000 fewer hedgehogs in Britain than there were a decade ago. (Other threats to hedgehogs include [...]

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British crayfish now officially endangered, thanks to killer fungus

Scientists and conservationists from around Europe will gather this week at a conference to discuss how to save the U.K.’s white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) from the fungal plague that is rapidly wiping them out. As I wrote last year, around 95 percent of British crayfish have been killed in the past two decades, victims of [...]

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