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To celebrate the success of the UK's Darwin Initiative, a flagship international wildlife and conservation programme, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has announced another £7.5 million to fund further projects, while in Brazil for Rio+20.

The 2012 statistics on biodiversity indicators have been published today. The twenty-four indicators, in both the England and UK publications, provide an insight into the health of our natural environment

A new study led by scientists in the Department of Biology at the University of York has shown how a butterfly has changed its diet, and consequently has sped northwards in response to climate change.


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Our ever-growing demand for resources is putting huge pressure on the planet’s biodiversity and threatening our future security and well-being, according to the Living Planet Report 2012, released today by WWF


Five members have been appointed to the independent Natural Capital Committee by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.  The Committee will help Government to ensure the value of England’s natural capital and its potential to support growth is fully taken into account in decision-making


Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is Africa’s oldest and most biodiverse national park and a World Heritage Site


Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon will call for countries in Europe to be given more say in the way their fisheries are managed, when he attends the EU Fisheries Council in Luxembourg later today


Last year’s record-breaking spring helped some of the UK’s rarest butterflies recover following years of decline, the latest annual study from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme has revealed


Operational modalities of the International Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will be agreed at a major inter-governmental meeting in Panama City from 16-21 April 2012 – paving the way for the new body to become fully operational


Some of the world’s rarest species are going to be better protected following a multi-million pound announcement by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman today


Wild animals will no longer be made to perform in travelling circuses under proposals being developed by Defra.The Government will seek to introduce primary legislation at the earliest opportunity to achieve its much-stated desire to ban travelling circuses from using performing wild animals


Plants often regarded as common weeds such as thistles, buttercups and clover could be critical for safeguarding fragile food webs on UK farms, according to new research published in Science this week


New nature zones covering hundreds of thousands of hectares are to be set up across England, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman revealed today


Tesco and RSPB join forces to protect rainforests.The retailer and wildlife conservation charity hope the initiative – Together for Trees – will increase public awareness


EU countries are not doing enough to stem the flow of illegal and unsustainable timber or regulating its sale, despite the upcoming introduction of two pieces of legislation to halt its import, according to a survey by WWF.


Farmers want to help wildlife and the vast majority believe that wildlife conservation is an integral part of their farming system, according to two surveys conducted by The Voluntary Initiative


Defra launches the Ecosystems Knowledge Network: a resource for anyone wanting to share knowledge or learn about the practical benefits of an ecosystems approach


Protecting the land of highest priority for biodiversity conservation also delivers significant, life-sustaining services and income to the world’s most impoverished people, according to a new study published this month in the journal, BioScience. Yet conservation efforts and poverty alleviation efforts are both at risk of failing, since this ‘natural capital’ is grossly undervalued in the global marketplace


The Independent Panel on Forestry, set-up to advise the Government on the future of England's forests and woods, has today published its progress report.


Quarries are providing a safe haven for rare bitterns to nest and breed, helping them to make a resounding comeback in this country


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