October 22, 2017

Biodiversity

Community Supported Rewilding

Ecological restoration

*UPDATE* 18th April 2013. Kiwi release in Northland Last weekend 14 kiwi were released in an attempt to restore the endangered bird to the New Zealand mainland in Marunui. Read more here. The Marunui Conservation project in Auckland, New Zealand, is a successful example of a private initiative in conservation, and a model program for […]

The End of the Line (2009)

End of the Line

This documentary follows investigative journalist Charles Clover as he uncovers the shocking decline of our ocean fisheries, revealing that – Ocean fish catches peaked in 1988 By 2003 the populations of one third of all edible fish species had collapsed By 2048 all ocean fisheries will have collapsed if current fishing trends continue The film […]

Colonising the plant world

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Book Review: Insects on Plants: community patterns and mechanisms by D. R. Strong PhD, J. H. Lawton PhD, Sir Richard Southwood PhD, DSc, FRS. Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1984. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 15 No. 3, May 1985. The authors consider that the study of how various phytophagous (plant eating) insects colonise different plants under […]

Understanding tropical ecosystems

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Book Review: Ecology of Tropical Plants, by Margaret L. Vickery. John Wiley & Sons 1984. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 15 No. 3, March 1985. This is a short textbook – an adaptation, as the author indicates, for tropical regions, of R. F. Daubenmire’s Plants and Environment – a Textbook of Autecology. Margaret Vickery regards […]

Chimpanzees and Man – who is apeing who?

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With more than a century to have got used to the notion that man and the other living apes had a common ancestor in the not so distant past, it is no longer astonishing when molecular biology shows that the DNA content—and presumably the genetic material—of chimpanzees and man differs by no more than a […]

Wildlife and systems theory

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Editorial article, published in The Ecologist Vol. 6 No. 7, August – September 1976. The London Zoo is a shameful establishment where wild animals, living in totally inappropriate conditions, are exhibited like postage stamps in an album. This reflects the personality of its secretary, Lord Zuckerman, president of the Fauna Preservation Society, who is no […]

The need for wilderness

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An opinion piece by Robert Allen and Edward Goldsmith, published in The Ecologist Vol. 1 No. 12, June 1971. This prescient manifesto anticipated the increasing recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world. Since this article was written in 1971, the Inuit people of Canada and Greenland have both been granted significant land […]