ECOS in 2014

ECOS: A Journal of Conservation is our thrice-yearly digital publication filled with articles and comment on the latest topics in UK conservation. Over its thirty-five years on paper and digitally, ECOS has grown into a source of provocative, questioning writing on the important conservation issues of our times.

“We value ECOS primarily because it is a forum for uninhibited discussion of some of the fundamental issues facing the human race: how we can avoid further degradation of the things that make life worth living, in the face of ever increasing numbers of people and of their material demands. ECOS reminds us of the richness of what we have already lost, helps us to work out ways of restoring some of that richness, and explores alternative ways forward.” (Quote from Philip and Myrtle Ashmole)

Reading ECOS

Access to ECOS is through a subscription to BANC.  You can subscribe here.

Members of BANC receive each new edition of ECOS automatically to the email account that they have registered with us, and have access to our archive of previous issues.

Until 2015, ECOS was only available on paper.  In 2015, ECOS has gone digital, to meet the demands of the modern digital age.  The move online allows us to bring this writing to a much bigger audience.

ECOS archive

1st edition of ECOS – Winter 1980

Members can read the latest ECOS issue, and recent past issues on the ECOS full version page.

PDFs of individual articles, and, for older issues, PDFs of the whole issue, are available on our Archive page.

Members are able to access the articles for free by logging in to the website.  You may log in by clicking the ‘log in’ link at the top right hand corner of any page on this website.

For non-members, back copies of ECOS articles cost £1.99 each.  On the archive page, you will be re-directed to Payloadz, a website which hosts all our articles and allows you to purchase as many articles as you are interested in.

We are currently in the process of digitising our back catalogue.  We anticipate that this will take us until the end of 2016. If you don’t see what you are looking for here, please email us the details or name of the article at:

ECOS in the 1990’s

Contributing to ECOS

Got an idea for an article?  We’d love to hear from you!

ECOS exists because our members (and many non-members) have a burning desire to discuss the most important conservation topics in the UK with their fellow conservationists.  We welcome any ideas for contributions to ECOS.

ECOS issues generally have a lead theme which is reflected in the majority of articles (see below for 2015 themes).  Each issue also carries other, non-thematic articles, so if you can’t see a theme that suits you, then please email the editor to propose your article idea anyway.  You can contact the editor at:

If you would like to follow up on a previous article, then please use the comment boxes underneath articles that date from 2015 onwards, or use the discussion forum to get a debate going.  The more the merrier!

ECOS themes in 2015

Much of the content on ECOS is commissioned directly but we welcome articles and ideas from anyone, so please feel free to get in touch. The 2015 themes, deadlines and article guidelines are below.

ECOS 36(1).
April 2015

Social enterprise, flood politics and conservation fads and failures – A mix of topics from communal conservation and social enterprise, to successes, failures and lessons in conservation policy at a time of radical change. Geographical areas featured amongst the articles include the Somerset levels, Cairngorms and Blackdown Hills. 

ECOS 36(2)
August 2015
Submission deadline: 5 June 2015

Political realities for nature – New legislation is being promoted for wildlife and wellbeing – will it happen and what will it achieve?  Where will nature conservation feature amongst political priorities after the May election?  Why are environmental policies becoming more polarised – a greener agenda is more enthusiastically embraced by some but more fiercely challenged by others who resent what they see as a pushy “green blob”. What is the fallout for nature conservation in this clash of outlooks, and can the conservation sector win back support and resources?

ECOS 36(3-4)
December 2015
Submission deadline: 16 October 2015

Refreshing Conservation – How can we lift the spirits of a demoralized conservation workforce, and how can we advance nature conservation with more purpose and clarity? This will be a major thrust of ECOS coverage and BANC debate and events in 2015-16.