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More than a million barriers on Europe’s rivers

Fresh water ecosystems can be adversely affected by barriers to the flow of water and a new study suggests that Europe’s river system is particularly badly affected.
Weir on a Northeast English stream removed by Tees Rivers Trust - a) before, b) during, c) after, d) 17 months after, removal.

Tracking garden songbirds this spring

Biosciences Steve Willis and a team of researchers are working on a new project inviting people to help create a national sample of birdsong.
Bird on a branch

Meet the dogs that can sniff out Covid-19

Asher may just look like a cute cuddly dog but he is much more than that. He, along with some of his canine friends, have been trained to sniff out Covid-19 in people and the initial results show they can do it very reliably. This is because a research team, involving Durham, has found that Covid-19 has a very distinct odour – which we as humans can’t smell – but the dogs’ super sniffing powers can detect it with up to 94 per cent accuracy.

Climate variability may delay post-fire recovery of boreal forest in southern Siberia, Russia.

Prolonged dry periods and increased temperatures that result from anthropogenic climate change have been shown to increase the frequency and severity of wildfires in the boreal region. There is growing evidence that such changes in fire regime can reduce forest resilience and drive shifts in post-fire plant successional trajectories.

Natal origin of Namibian grey whale implies new distance record for in-water migration

Congratulations to Professor Rus Hoelzel on his recent research published in Biology Letters which also features in several news articles!

Congratulations to Dr Wayne Dawson who has been awarded a Darwin+ project!

Wayne Dawson has been awarded a Darwin+ project funded by the Darwin Initiative (Defra), to assess climate change-mediated invasion risks posed by introduced plants and invertebrates on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.