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Scientists prepare for mass rat cull on remote UK island

Eradication programme aims to save millions of seabirds from invasive rats on South Georgia. Testing for the biggest rat eradication programme in history is beginning on a remote UK island in the south Atlantic. Scientists are preparing to drop poison in a limited area of South Georgia in a bid to save the world’s most(…)

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Scientists prepare for mass rat cull on remote UK island

Eradication programme aims to save millions of seabirds from invasive rats on South Georgia. Testing for the biggest rat eradication programme in history is beginning on a remote UK island in the south Atlantic. Scientists are preparing to drop poison in a limited area of South Georgia in a bid to save the world’s most(…)

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Freshwater wildlife thrives in cleanest rivers since Industrial Revolution

Otters, water voles and many species of freshwater fish make dramatic recovery as water quality continues to improve. Otters, water voles and species of freshwater fish which had all but vanished from waterways have made a dramatic recovery following the healthiest decade for rivers since the industrial revolution. The toxic effects of pesticides nearly wiped(…)

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Genetic breakthrough in fight against honeybee killer

Scientists have developed a chemical-free technique that could make the deadly varroa mite self-destruct. A breakthrough in the battle against a deadly mite responsible for decimating the honeybee population has been welcomed by conservation groups. The varroa mite is the biggest killer of honeybees and has become resistant to medication developed to destroy it. But(…)

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Eagle owl spreads across British Isles and divides conservationists

A potential cull of the largest owl in Europe has placed the government at the centre of an increasingly bitter row between conservation groups. There are fears that the eagle owl, a non-native species seen in growing numbers in the British Isles, poses a serious threat to established wildlife. Some groups say the formidable predator(…)

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