Getting the best out of citizen scientists

Can "citizen science" ever be as effective as the real thing? At the joint meeting of the British Ecological Society and the Société Française d'Ecologie, Earthwatch scientists will share their experience of harnessing ...

Poppies fade from Flanders fields as Europe's plant life changes

One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, the flower that has come to symbolise the lives lost in conflict – the poppy – is disappearing from former battle fields of northern France and Belgian Flanders. ...

Chernobyl's birds are adapting to ionising radiation

Birds in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl are adapting to – and may even be benefiting from – long-term exposure to radiation, ecologists have found. The study, published in the British Ecological Society's journal ...

Allotments yield food and healthy soil, study finds

Soils under Britain's allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils, researchers have found. This is the first study to show that by growing at small-scale in urban areas, it is possible to produce ...

Ecologists get first bumblebees' eye view of the landscape

Ecologists have produced the most detailed picture yet of how bumblebees use the landscape thanks to DNA technology and remote sensing. The results – which come from the largest ever study of wild bumblebee nests – could ...

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