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ECOS archive

This is where you can access individual ECOS articles.  Members can access the ECOS archive for free, by logging in to the website and clicking on the dates, issues and individual articles of interest.  Articles are available as PDFs for downloading.

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If you are in search of a particular ECOS article that is not yet available here, please get in touch via enquiries@banc.org.uk, and we’ll do our best to help you.

The archive is a work in progress: We hope to have it complete by the end of 2017.

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2017
Issue 38 (4)
ECOS (4): The Student Takeover

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few”.1 Questions that come freely from the child are commonly kept cloistered by adults…

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ECOS 38 (4) Co-existence – on whose terms? Humans are eager for more nature in their lives. This is reflected in the movement to enhance natural spaces and the…

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[/expandsub2] expandsub2 title=”The human element in farmland management. Kelly Jowett” trigclass=”articleheader” rel=”article-highlander”]

ECOS 38 (4) How studying beetles led me to study people My undergraduate dissertation on beneficial beetles in farmland concluded that sound land management approaches are vital, guided by…

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ECOS 38 (4) Conservation science is being forced to adapt in the face of increasingly rapid anthropogenic change. In conjunction with this, the novel ecosystems concept provides a refreshingly…

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[/expandsub2] expandsub2 title=”The selfish philosophy of nature conservation. Tomohito Noda” trigclass=”articleheader” rel=”article-highlander”]

ECOS 38 (4) This article argues that the magnanimity that is associated with conservation is a misrepresentation of reality which skews the goals and interferes with the progression of…

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ECOS 38 (4) With the demands of a growing 21st century population and the cramped conditions of our island home, what future does the United Kingdom’s urban wildlife have?…

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ECOS 38 (4) Winner – ECOS Student Article 2017 Competition, supported by Conservation Careers and Green&Blue Why in the light of the overwhelming ‘atmospheric pollution’ evidence does the ‘overgrazing…

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[/expandsub2] expandsub2 title=”Long-term Conservation of Plants. Ellen Baker” trigclass=”articleheader” rel=”article-highlander”]

ECOS 38 (4) Winner – ECOS Student Article 2017 Competition, supported by Conservation Careers and Green&Blue Quantifying genetic diversity can be expensive and time consuming. So in a field…

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ECOS 38 (4) Behaviour change measures are used in fields such as public health, but have only recently begun to be more widely adopted in conservation. There are a…

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Issue 38 (3)
ECOS (3): Contents

Neil Bennet ECOS 38 (3) CONTENTS Feature articles   Nature’s Brexit – any clearer? Mike Townsend   Political events – steering nature through – OPEN ACCESS David Blake  …

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Zoo Future. Chris Moiser

ECOS 38 (3) Criticising and nit-picking zoos is easy copy for journalists. The imperfections of zoos needs getting in proportion and the positive work they achieve for wildlife and…

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Brexit and the Scottish Environment. Roger Sidaway & James Thomson

ECOS 38 (3) Brexit brings uncertain challenges and unintended consequences for  Scotland’s environment. Keeping wildlife concerns integrated with community planning matters should be part of the emerging agenda. You…

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Brexit politics - what place wildlife and nature? Alistair Crowle

ECOS 38 (3) How can we move beyond a salvage operation for nature conservation as the Brexit arrangements unfold?  You are not a subscriber to BANC and therefore cannot…

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All At Sea. Blaise Bullimore

ECOS 38 (3)   Marine nature conservation is not going well in Wales where designated marine protected areas have benefitted from vanishingly little management.  Quitting the EU looks likely…

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Political Events. David Blake

ECOS 38 (3) 2020 vision – do we have it? Over the next two years, nature conservation on the ground will remain largely the same as we know it…

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Missing links of Natura 2000. Owen Mountford

ECOS 38 (3) Lessons from Romania suggest Brexit may result in a damaged network of wildlife sites in new and old countries of the EU. You are not a…

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Brexit landscapes of the Welsh hinterland. Janet Mackinnon

ECOS 38 (3)   The character and the wildlife potential of the Mid Wales landscape remains uncertain and deeply contested in the Brexit era… You are not a subscriber…

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Nature's Brexit. Mike Townsend

ECOS 38 (3) Is the speculation around Brexit a distraction from the underlying causes of the parlous state of the natural environment? You are not a subscriber to BANC…

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Nature’s class warfare. Michael Jeeves

ECOS 38 (3) The middle classes are now holding back conservation. Conservation bodies should appeal to new categories of the population to get backing for public funds for wildlife…

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Green Blob Politics. Peter Taylor

ECOS 38 (3) How will environmental politics be framed in the post-election muddle, and will the daunting figure of Michael Gove challenge some of the fundamentalist interests in countryside…

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North East Nature. Barry Larking

ECOS 38 (3) The Tyne and Wear Green Belt and the area’s green spaces continue to be threatened by confident developers. These important places for nature and public amenity…

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Brexit realpolitik. Andrew Blewett

ECOS 38 (3) A broad case for conservation should underpin post-Brexit nature policy if it is to match and then build on current EU law. You are not a…

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Issue 38 (2)
Editorial: Elections, Brexit, Relax... Geoffrey Wain

Editorial by Geoffrey Wain “We could of course be existentialist about all this [celebrating wildlife], say things are worth doing for their own sake and just enjoy them.” …

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Pevensey Levels - a booming future? Martin Hole

ECOS 38 (2) New agri-environment payments and policies will hopefully deliver a vision of restored habitats and iconic species on the Pevensey Levels in East Sussex.  You are not…

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Not only but also. Peter Shirley

ECOS 38 (2) Environment and wildlife groups are busy trying to influence policies before and after the election and following the Great Repeal Act. As we fight our corner…

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Bats and Wind turbines - what do we really know? Tim Reed

ECOS 38 (2) Large wind turbines are often blamed for mortality and declines in bats, whilst developers claim limited or no impacts. A recent report looks at some of…

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The Nitrogen Narrative. Jenny Hawley

ECOS 38 (2) Excessive nitrogen in air pollution is having a devastating on fungi and plants, soils and ecosystems. Decades of scientific evidence demonstrates clear impacts of nitrogen deposition…

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A dog's life. Helen O'Neil & Dani Rabaiotti

ECOS 38 (2) Monitoring populations of endangered species has been revolutionised by the availability of conservation technology but how does it affect life for those at the coal-face of…

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The Nature Question. Martin Spray

ECOS 38 (2) The sample of meanings of Nature in this article shows something of the diversity of understanding in people’s minds. With Nature such a slippery concept, what…

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Book Review: The Fight For Beauty. Review by Wendy Neville

ECOS 38 (2) THE FIGHT FOR BEAUTY Our path to a better future Fiona Reynolds Oneworld 2016 336pages ISBN: 9781780748757 Hardback RRP: £16.99 Review by Wendy Neville You are…

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Book Review: Secrets Of The Sea. Review by Mick Green

ECOS 38 (2) SECRETS OF THE SEA A journey into the heart of the oceans Alex Mustard and Callum Roberts Bloomsbury 2016 240 pages ISBN: 9781472927613 Hardback RRP: £25…

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Book Review: 22 Ideas That Saved The Countryside. Review by Wendy Neville

ECOS 38 (2) THE FIGHT FOR BEAUTY Our path to a better future Fiona Reynolds Oneworld 2016 336pages ISBN: 9781780748757 Hardback RRP: £16.99 Review by Wendy Neville You are…

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Issue 38 (1)
Editorial: Knot the best logo. Geoffrey Wain

Editorial by Geoffrey Wain What do we stand for, how do we symbolise it, and how do we summarise it in  promotional text? Agonising over your identity is…

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The role of BANC and ECOS: A space for views, or espousing a view? Gavin Saunders

ECOS 38 (1) As BANC and ECOS move more fully to a web format, discussion continues on the distinct role of an organization which promotes debate and challenge…

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Hard Brexit - Soft Rewilding? Ideological spectrums of the wild. Peter Taylor

ECOS 38 (1) Ideological challenges to nature conservation are nothing new, but now they can take different guises in the context of Brexit and in the (perhaps wilful)…

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Rewilding – a process or a paradigm. Exploring the motives which drive rewilding’s complexity. Andrea Gammon

ECOS 38 (1) Teasing out the definitions and meanings of rewilding may reveal the variety of ways the word is currently used, and the motivations behind these uses….

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Wild boar in the Dean – welcome back? Kieran OMahony

ECOS 38 (1) Unofficially released wild boar have been changing the physical and political landscape of the Forest of Dean for over 10 years. Changing local attitudes and…

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Champions of grassroots conservation: A future for local authority countryside services? Ian D. Rotherham

ECOS 38 (1) This article discusses key messages in the author’s 2015 book, The Rise and Fall of Countryside Management – a historical account.1 The book explores the…

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Planet Earth III? For nature’s sake, no thanks. Chris Rose

ECOS 38 (1) With so much wildlife sliding into oblivion, we now need a rethink about BBC’s flagship nature series, and we should challenge the BBC’s caution on…

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Book Review: Wild Kingdom

ECOS 38 (1) Wild Kingdom Bringing Back Britain’s Wildlife Stephen Moss Square Peg 2016 304 pages, ISBN 13: 9780224095655 Hardback RRP: £16.99     You are not a subscriber…

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Book review: The Eurasian Beaver Handbook

ECOS 38 (1) THE EURASIAN BEAVER HANDBOOK Ecology and Management of Castor fiber Róisín Campbell-Palmer, Derek Gow, Gerhard Schwab, Duncan Halley, John Gurnell, Simon Girling, Skip Lisle, Ruairidh…

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Book review: The Wood For The Trees and The Hidden Life Of Trees

ECOS 38 (1) THE WOOD FOR THE TREES The Long View of Nature from a Small Wood Richard Fortey William Collins 2016 306 pages ISBN 978-0-00-810466-5 Hardback RRP:…

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2016
Issue 37(3/4) Winter
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Editorial: Chilling in the swamp. Geoffrey Wain, p.1

ECOS 37 (3/4) Editorial: Chilling in the swamp. Geoffrey Wain

Feeling stressed? Too many conservationists seem to be. Stress is an occupational hazard in our frantic lives helping wildlife, and recent political events have upped the angst. Yet…

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Brexit blues for greens? Tony Whitbread, p.2

ECOS 37 (3/4) Brexit blues for Greens? Tony Whitbread

Abstract: After decades of seeing the EU as a bit of an ally in trying to get a reluctant UK government to live up to reasonable environmental standards,…

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Brexit and nature – looking for silver linings. Mike Townsend p.5

ECOS 37 (3/4) Brexit and nature – looking for silver linings. Mike Townsend

Abstract: Leaving the European Union is likely to have significant repercussions for nature and land use in the UK. With the uncertainty comes the risk that changes will…

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Brexit’s impact on nature conservation: a delight, disaster or diversion? Peter Shirley, p.10

ECOS 37 (3/4) Brexit’s impact on nature conservation: a delight, disaster or diversion? Peter Shirley

Abstract: The implications of Brexit are complex even just for terrestrial wildlife conservation. This article discusses some of the strategic issues facing nature conservation as the reality of…

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Brexit’s countryside – giving nature the edge? Bill Grayson, p.16

ECOS 37 (3/4) Brexit’s countryside – giving nature the edge? Bill Grayson

Abstract: The best characteristics of agri-environment measures need to be taken forward and honed in the UK’s new farm support, following Brexit. This an amended version of the…

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At your service? The limits of enterprise with nature at stake. Chris Gibson, p.21

ECOS 37 (3/4) At your service? The limits of enterprise with nature at stake. Chris Gibson

Abstract: This article discusses the pros and cons of Natural England’s cost recovery approach in responding to planning applications. Can a cultural shift amongst the agency’s staff protect…

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Stasis and the State of Nature in Wales. Mick Green, p.24

ECOS 37 (3/4) Stasis and the State of Nature in Wales. Mick Green

Abstract: The grim decline of nature in the UK continues. 56% of UK species studied have declined over the past 50 years according to the latest State of…

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The challenge of wild nature conserving itself. Mark Fisher & Alison Parfitt, p.27

ECOS 37 (3/4) The challenge of wild nature conserving itself. Mark Fisher and Alison Parfitt

Abstract: The last edition of ECOS had a lot to say about rewilding in its many guises, a spectrum of less wild and more wild. This article looks…

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Rewilding and ecosystem health: parallels with human health care. Andrew Blewett, p.35

ECOS 37 (3/4) Rewilding and ecosystem health: parallels with human health care. Andrew Blewett

Abstract: There are instructive parallels between ecosystem health management and human health care. Evidence based practice with its emphasis on a systematic approach to what we know and…

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Technobiophilia: Coming to terms with cyber-nature. Sue Thomas p.39

ECOS 37 (3/4) Technobiophilia – Coming to terms with cyber-nature. Sue Thomas

Abstract: Some features of the ‘natural world’ that we greatly value are also found online; technology can make things that confuse ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’, real and virtual. Cyberspace…

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A lesson from an old Oak. Martin Spray, p.44

ECOS 37 (3/4) Lessons from an old oak. Martin Spray

Abstract: Are humans part of Nature?… A walk in the forest; a threat to the trees; values and services; seeing different things… Can I really be part of…

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Family ties: Human views of Nature – time to see
goodness before wildness? Gavin Saunders, p.49

ECOS 37 (3/4) Family ties. Human views of Nature – time to see goodness before wildness? Gavin Saunders

Abstract: To be human is to be part of Nature. And yet to be human is to be different from the rest of Nature. We define ourselves by…

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Book reviews, p.55

ECOS 37 (3/4) Book reviews

Books reviewed in this issue: – Common Ground. Rob Cowen – The Ash Tree. Oliver Rackham – Carnivorous plants of Britain and Ireland. Tim Bailey & Stewart McPherson…

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Issue 37(2) Summer
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ECOS 37 (2) Summer 2016. Whole issue

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Editorial: Losing control. Geoffrey Wain, p.1

ECOS 37 (2) Editorial: Losing Control. Geoffrey Wain

Download editorial as PDF: ECOS 37-2-1 Editorial ‘Don’t be pushy’ is the message from Rob Yorke in these pages. He reports views on rewilding from a Cambridge conference…

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Rewilding... Conservation and conflict. Steve Carver, p2

ECOS 37 (2) Rewilding… Conservation and conflict. Steve Carver

Abstract: Those with an eye to the ecological potential of the UK will probably like rewilding. Those rooted in targets and condition statements or those with purist views…

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The red tape of rewilding. Jennifer Gooden, p.11

ECOS 37 (2) The red tape of rewilding. Jennifer Gooden

Abstract: As rewilding gains traction in conservation, a host of regulations and policies makes implementation more difficult. This article summarises results of a study of regulatory barriers to…

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Wilder visions, wilder lives, wilder nature? Challenges for a new rewilding charity. Helen Meech, p.19

ECOS 37 (2) Wilder visions, wilder lives, wilder nature? Challenges for a new rewilding charity. Helen Meech

Abstract: As the new charity Rewilding Britain moves into its second year of operation, this article explores some of the challenges faced by the rewilding movement in Britain,…

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Implications of rewilding for nature conservation. Chris Sandom, p.24

ECOS 37 (2) Rewilding: implications for nature conservation. Chris Sandom

Abstract: Rewilding has fired the imaginations of many, but much misunderstanding remains around what rewilding is and how it could be put into practice. Is it being put…

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Rewilding - keeping the brand integrity. Mike Townsend, p.29

ECOS 37 (2) Rewilding – keeping brand integrity. Mike Townsend

Abstract: Rewilding offers an exciting opportunity to reconsider our attitudes and approach to nature. Embracing the idea of self-willed nature offers a challenge to agriculture and forestry, as…

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Purbeck - a place for future rewilding? Alison Turnock, p. 35

ECOS 37 (2) Purbeck: A place for rewilding? Alison Turnock

Abstract: Is the approach of rewilding helpful or achievable in a place like Purbeck in Dorset, with a plethora of designations and a resident population of around 47,000?…

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Nature and the call of the wild. James Robertson, p.42

ECOS 37 (2) Nature and the call of the wild. James Robertson

Abstract: When ECOS first appeared as a radical voice for nature conservation in winter 1980, farming subsidies were driving habitat destruction, tax incentives were luring the rich to…

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Rewilding versus re-creating and re-homing. Lessons from a PAWS woodland. Simon Leadbeater, p.47

ECOS 37 (2) Rewilding versus re-creating and re-homing: Lessons from a PAWS woodland. Simon Leadbeater

Abstract: This article discusses lessons for rewilding from pursuing complementary management objectives to halt and reverse species’ declines in a PAWS woodland.

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Rewilding in the UK: hidden meanings, real emotions. Rob Yorke, p.53

ECOS 37 (2) Rewilding in the UK – hidden meanings, real emotions. Rob Yorke

Abstract: The word rewilding has become common currency in nature conservation narratives, but it rarely features in wider discussions on land use. The very mention of the word…

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Reintroductions and releases on the Isle of Man. Lessons from recent retreats. Nick Pinder, p.60

ECOS 37 (2) Reintroductions and releases on the Isle of Man – lessons from recent retreats. Nick Pinder

Abstract: Recent proposals for the release of white-tailed sea eagles and red squirrels on the Isle of Man received very different treatment, perhaps reflecting public perception of the…

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The wilderness delusion: A defense of self-willed land. Gavin Saunders, p.68

ECOS 37 (2) The wildness delusion: in defense of shared-willed land. Gavin Saunders

Abstract: Many conservationists need shaking out of lazy assumptions. But we should beware replacing those assumptions with another overconfident creed – particularly one that risks creating more divisions…

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Issue 37(1) Spring
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ECOS 37 (1) Whole Issue

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Editorial: Blob on the landscape. Geoffrey Wain, p.1 Open Access and available for free!

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Editorial: Bob, badgers and business. Geoffrey Wain

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Mind the gap - reflections on revitalising conservation. Peter Shirley, p.2

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016 Mind the gap – Reflections on revitalising conservation. Peter Shirley

Abstract: We need different groups of people to act in a variety of ways to help achieve successful nature conservation. What counts as success will always be the…

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Nature conservation in Britain - turning the tide? Alistair Crowle, p.6

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Nature conservation in Britain – turning the tide? Alistair Crowle

Abstract: This article follows up recent debate in ECOS over revitalising conservation. It argues that both science and emotion are now rightly recognised as key influences on conservation…

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What would Brexit mean for nature? Mike Townsend, p.12

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. What would Brexit mean for nature? Mike Townsend

Abstract: Very little of the debate around the EU referendum has considered the impacts on policy towards wildlife and the natural environment. Yet this is a critical area…

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Flight of the Swans, p.16

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Flight of the Swans

Abstract: Flying with Bewick’s swans through the wetlands of Europe Download as PDF here: ECOS 37-1-16 Flight of the swans

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Ecodemocracy - helping wildlife's right to survive. Joe Gray and Patrick Curry, p.18

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Ecodemocracy: helping wildlife’s right to survive. Joe Gray and Patrick Curry

Abstract: Concepts such as ecosystem services and natural capital illustrate the benefits that people gain from preserving ecosystems, but they overlook wildlife’s ethical right to thrive independent of…

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Population growth - a taboo topic for nature conservation? Holly Alsop and Nicola Matthews, p.28

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Population growth – a taboo topic for nature conservation? Holly Alsop and Nicola Matthews

Abstract: In the latest of our Revitalising Conservation series of BANC Twitter debates we put the focus on population growth. Here we summarise the key issues facing conservationists…

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Flood management and nature - can rewilding help? Steve Carver, p.32

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Flood management and nature – can rewilding help? Steve Carver

Abstract: Can fewer sheep, more trees, restoring rivers to their floodplains and reintroducing beavers help reduce flood risk? This article looks at the baggage in policy making when…

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Rewilding national parks - moor than meets the eye. Merial Harrison, p.43

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Rewilding national parks – moor than meets the eye. Meriel Harrison

Abstract: Wildlife conservation in England’s National Parks comes under scrutiny from many different camps. The most recent challenge is from advocates of rewilding, but are the landscapes and…

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Nature conservation - a nudge towards rewilding. Harry Barton, p.48 Open Access and available for free!

ECOS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Nature conservation – a nudge towards rewilding. Harry Barton

Abstract: As nature conservation looks for renewed purpose it may be time to consider rewilding in the mix. This article considers the issues facing wildlife bodies as they…

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Book reviews, p.52

EOCS 37 (1) Spring 2016. Book reviews

Titles reviewed: – Britain’s Habitats: A guide to the wildlife habitats of Britain and Ireland. Sophie Lake, Durwyn Liley, Robert Still, Andy Swash – The Life of Buzzards….

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2015
Issue 36(1) Spring
Whole issue

ECOS 36 (1) Whole issue

Editorial: Bob, badgers and business. Geoffrey Wain Feature Articles – Refreshing Conservation – cries from the heart. BANC Council – The expensive education of the nature conservation sector….

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Refreshing conservation: cries from the heart. p2 Open Access and available for free!

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Re-freshing conservation: Cries from the heart

Abstract: Is conservation in a new crisis? Is the influence of the wildlife sector on the wane and are those who work in nature conservation becoming too demoralised…

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The expensive education of the nature conservation sector. Alistair Crowle, p.9

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. The expensive education of Britain’s nature conservation community. Alistair Crowle

Abstract: There seems little unified thinking amongst UK wildlife groups, resulting in a lack of direction and shared vision. Where is the anger within the nature conservation community…

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A Forest Charter: Answers for the future from lessons of the past. Frances Winder, p.20

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. A Forest Charter: Pointers to the future from lessons of the past. Frances Winder

Abstract: This article reviews the challenge of making progress on wildlife protection amidst governments fixated by growth at all costs. It argues that a new Forest Charter would…

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Community conservation at Neroche - surviving adolescence. Gavin Saunders, p.26

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Community conservation at Neroche – surviving adolescence. Gavin Saunders

Abstract: The Neroche Scheme in the Blackdown Hills AONB started life as an agency-led Lottery partnership, but its legacy has been the establishment of four distinct community groups,…

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Wildlife and conservation in community woods: Business as usual? Alexander van der Jagt, Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Anna Lawrence, p.36

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Wildlife and conservation in community woods: Business as usual? Alexander van der Jagt, Bianca Ambrose-Oji, Anna Lawrence

Abstract: Social and community enterprise projects in woodland management are on the rise in Britain. In this article scientists from Forest Research reflect upon the conservation and wildlife…

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Community management of public land: keeping green assets available. Mark Walton, p.44

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Community management of public land: Keeping green assets available. Mark Walton

Abstract: At a time of austerity and a shrinking state we need to create new approaches to managing public land that can deliver shared public benefits. We need…

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Consultancy collectives: a broader approach to wildlife research and survey. Mick Green, p.52

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Consultancy collectives – a broader approach to wildlife research and survey. Mick Green

Abstract: This article reviews the trends in non-for profit consultancy and in the ecological consultancy sector’s role in applied research and survey. How are these strands of consultancy…

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Hearts and minds in managing the Cairgorms. Nick Moreau, p.57

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Hearts and minds – stakeholder management in the Cairngorms. Nicholas Moreau

Abstract: Conservation can emerge from collaborative management processes. This story focuses on CRAGG – an informal partnership of community members and stakeholders in Scotland’s Cairngorms. CRAGG‘s collaborative process…

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Book reviews

ECOS 36 (1) Spring 2015. Book Reviews

Reviewed in this issue: – Eco-History: An introduction to biodiversity and conservation. Ian Rotherham, 2014 – The Eagle’s Way. Jim Crumley, colour plates by Laurie Campbell, 2014. –…

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Issue 36(2) Summer
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Editorial: Towards infinity. Geoffrey Wain Feature articles – Freeing up nature – from ourselves and from market forces. Peter Shirley – Austerity politics – any place for nature?…

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ECOS 36 (2) Editorial: Towards Infinity. Geoffrey Wain. OPEN ACCESS

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Freeing up nature - from ourselves and from market forces. Peter Shirley, p.2 OPEN ACCESS

ECOS 36 (2) Summer 2015. Freeing up nature – from ourselves and from market forces. Peter Shirley, p.2

This article is Open Access Abstract: Economic forces in the UK are increasingly ranged against the natural world. Given the current era of tight resources and hostile politics,…

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Austerity politics - any place for nature? Mike Townsend, p.8

ECOS 36 (2) Austerity politics – any place for nature? Mike Townsend

Abstract: The result of the election may have been a surprise, but it is not clear that the outlook for the natural environment would have been much different…

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Conservation advocacy: can NGOs retain their voice? George Bangham, p.14

ECOS 36 (2) Conservation advocacy: can NGOs retain their voice? George Bangham

Abstract: NGOs and charities have perhaps never been more influential in UK policy formulation, but their ability to campaign and lobby is under pressure from politicians, regulators and…

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Finding funds for nature - muddling through in middle England. Pete Johnstone, p.18

ECOS 36 (2) Finding funds for nature – muddling through in middle England. Pete Johnstone

Abstract: This article calls for a Royal Commission investigation into funding for nationally important heritage assets, including woodlands and nature reserves.

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Conservation on its last legs - the prospect for rejuvenation. Peter Taylor, p.22

ECOS 36 (2) Conservation on its last legs – the prospect for rejuvenation. Peter Taylor

Abstract: As a provocative on ‘refreshing conservation’ this article argues for a change of paradigm – to let die what no longer is vital in the world of…

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Does conservation need an exit strategy? Thecase for minimal management. Joe Gray and Patrick Curry, p.28

ECOS 36 (2) Does conservation need an exit strategy? The case for minimal management. Joe Gray and Patrick Curry

Abstract: The spectrum of potential conservation philosophies contains the ideals of preservationists towards one end and rewilding at the other. A long-term antagonism between these two schools will…

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Compassionate conservation - making the case. Simon Leadbeater, p.33

ECOS 36 (2) Compassionate conservation – making the case. Simon Leadbeater

Abstract: This article reviews Marc Bekoff’s book Ignoring Nature No More, and discusses the various human priorities which influence cruelty, harm and compassion towards wild nature and the…

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Return of the beaver - lessons from the River Otter. Mark Elliot, p.42

ECOS 36 (2) Return of the beaver – lessons from the River Otter. Mark Elliot

Abstract: In ECOS 35 (2) 2014,¹ Derek Gow outlined the proposals by Defra officials to trap and remove the wild-living beavers on the River Otter in East Devon….

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Electric energy: BANC nature tweets. Emily Adams, p.49

ECOS 36 (2) Electric energy: BANC nature tweets. Emily Adams

Abstract: BANC has begun a series of Twitter debates, opportunities for people to swap views on hot topics facing conservation. This article summarises some of the main exchanges…

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Book reviews, p.53

ECOS 36 (2) Book reviews

Books reviewed in this issue: The New Wild: Why Invasive Species will be Nature’s Salvation. Fred Pearce Back from the Brink: A Breath of Fresh Air. Malcolm Smith…

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Revitalising conservation: ECOS next issue and beyond, p.64

ECOS 36 (2) Revitalising conservation: ECOS next issue and beyond

Revitalising conservation is a major new theme being investigated by ECOS and BANC. How can the spirit of nature conservation be re-energised in coming years, and what’s needed…

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Issue 36(3/4) Autumn / Winter - OPEN ACCESS ISSUE (until June 2016)
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ECOS 36 (3/4) Whole issue

Editorial: Loving the Greenwood. Geoffrey Wain Feature articles – In search of Nature’s renaissance people. Gavin Saunders – Grounded thinking to grounded action – Steps to revitalising conservation….

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Editorial: Loving the Greenwood. Geoffrey Wain, p.1

ECOS 36 (3/4) Editorial: Loving the Greenwood. Geoffrey Wain

‘It’s not about the money’ says David Blake in this issue, as he considers conservation’s glum situation. This is a risky, inflammatory statement, not least given the Chancellor’s…

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In search of Nature’s renaissance people. Gavin Saunders, p.2 OPEN ACCESS

ECOS 36 (3/4) Winter 2015. In search of Nature’s renaissance people. Gavin Saunders

Abstract: Some voices say conservation needs to pull itself together and become a rigorous scientific, evidence-based discipline once again, ridding itself of its woolly, people-centred distractions. Others are…

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Grounded thinking to grounded action – Steps to revitalising conservation. Sophie Lake & Members of VINE, p.7

ECOS 36 (3/4) Grounded thinking to grounded action – Steps to revitalising conservation. Sophie Lake and members of VINE

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: This article reflects some views and discussion amongst members of VINE (Values in Nature and the Environment) on the challenges of revitalising nature conservation….

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Conservation wisdom. Looking back to look forward. David Blake, p.11

ECOS 36 (3/4) Conservation wisdom: Looking back to look forward. David Blake

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: People helping wildlife have worked the land for generations with commitment, passion and wisdom. State conservation action has been well intentioned but its formulaic…

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Nature Conservation: barking up the wrong tree? Miles King, p.15

ECOS 36 (3/4) Nature conservation: barking up the wrong tree? Miles King

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Caring for nature is a message widely embraced by people and by businesses, yet much UK wildlife continues to decline. This article considers the…

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Revitalising conservation – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Simon Ayres, p.18

ECOS36 (3/4) Revitalising conservation – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Simon Ayres

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Nature conservation aims are not ambitious enough, nature reserves are too small, and the wider countryside is too inhospitable for wildlife to thrive. This…

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Evidence-based or evidence-blind? Priorities for revitalising conservation. Clive Hambler, p.22

ECOS 36 (3/4) Evidence-based or evidence-blind? Priorities for revitalising conservation. Clive Hambler

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: As conservationists pursue their goals of defending and managing the natural world, too often they stick to their prejudices. This article asks for greater…

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Managing for nature. A farmer’s view on wildlife schemes. Martin Hole, p.26

ECOS 36 (3/4) Managing for nature A farmer’s view on wildlife schemes. Martin Hole

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: This article gives a farmer’s perspective of working with agri-environment schemes. Experience to date has been positive, with a track record of helping wildlife…

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Where next for landscape-scale conservation in England? Lisa Schneidau, p.30

ECOS 36 (3/4) Where next for landscapescale conservation in England? Lisa Schneidau

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: It’s been over three years since Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) started, as a first step towards putting the Lawton vision of ‘bigger, better, more…

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Rewilding gathers pace in the conservation mind fields. Peter Taylor and Alison Parfitt, p.34

ECOS 36 (3/4) Rewilding gathers pace in the conservation mind fields. Peter Taylor and Alison Parfitt

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Two wildernistas, Peter Taylor and Alison Parfitt, take stock of developments as everyone starts talking of rewilding… Download article as PDF: ECOS 36 3-4-34…

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Revitalising conservation: the fountain of youth. Hendrikus Van Hensbergen & Kate Huggett, p.38

ECOS 36 (3/4) Revitalising conservation: the fountain of youth. Hendrikus van Hensbergen and Kate Huggett

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: This article explores how we can engage young people in conservation. Drawing on their work with Action for Conservation, the authors explore lessons from…

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Iran’s greenest government ever. Janet Mackinnon, p.44

ECOS 36 (3/4) Iran’s greenest government ever. Janet MacKinnon

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: On 17 November 2015, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a 15 point list of policy directives to address the country’s wide…

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Nature and two legs. Martin Spray, p.48

ECOS 36 (3/4) Nature and two legs. Martin Spray

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Exploring, understanding, and enthusing about nature require both art and science. Download article as PDF: ECOS 36 3-4-48 Nature and two legs  

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Plotting in the Woods. Emily Adams, p.53

ECOS 36 (3/4) Plotting in the Woods. Emily Adams

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Abstract: Revitalising conservation was at the heart of debate at the BANC annual event in October 2015. This article reviews the main conclusions from the…

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Book reviews, p.56

ECOS 36 (3/4) Book reviews

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Inglorious: Conflict in the uplands. Mark Avery Counting Sheep: A celebration of the pastoral heritage of Britain. Philip Walling A Less Green and Pleasant Land:…

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2014
Issue 35(1) Spring
Editorial: Hedging our bets. Gavin Saunders. p.1

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Editorial: Hedging our bets. Gavin Saunders

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Why don't environmental payments still work? John Bowers. p.2

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Why don’t environmental payments work? John Bowers

Abstract: The origins of agri-environment schemes (AES) lie with safeguarding SSSIs in the late 1960s and there have been comprehensive schemes since the late 1980s. Despite this the…

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Does traditional farming still meet nature conservation needs? Robert Deane. p.7

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Does traditional farming still meet nature conservation needs? Robert Deane

Abstract: Are traditional farming and conservation aims really as compatible as we suppose, or is there now such a divergence between farming opportunity and environmental need that we…

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Agricultural reform in England - towards a greener farm policy? Lisa Schneidau. p.14

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Agricultural reform in England – Towards a greener farm policy? Lisa Schneidau

Abstract: The current round of farm policy negotiations will shape the next seven years. Why is positive change in this crucial area so agonisingly slow? This article looks…

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Scratching the surface - let's love our soils. David Hogan. p.19 Open Access and available for free

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Scratching the surface: let’s love our soils. David Hogan

Abstract: Acknowledging the importance of soils and threats to their quality are vital in land-use policy for food production, flood protection, water quality, nature conservation and carbon storage….

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Drowning out nature on the Levels? Mark Robbins. p.27

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Drowning out nature on the Levels? Mark Robins

Abstract: This article offers a personal view from the heart of the response process to Somerset’s 2014 winter floods. What are the lessons from a situation where the…

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Wildlife on the level? Peter Taylor. p.31

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Wildlife on the level? Peter Taylor

Abstract: Political and personal opportunists use the flooding of the Somerset Levels to advance their agendas – and the rational middle ground disappears amid the mists of a…

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The Call of the Wild. Ian Rotherham. p.35

ECOS 35 (1) The Call of the Wild: perceptions, history, people and ecology in the emerging paradigms of wilding. Ian Rotherham

Abstract: This article introduces some key issues of nature conservation and future landscapes in the context of achieving a more wild state of nature. The lessons are drawn…

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What future for bears in Western Europe? Charles J. Wilson. p.44

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 What future for Bears in Western Europe? Charles J. Wilson

Abstract: The brown bear has been pushed to the remotest forests and mountains in western Europe and a small number of critically endangered populations teeter on the brink…

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The Somerset badger cull - the theory and the practice. Angela Barrett. p.52

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 The Somerset badger cull – the theory and the practice. Amanda Barrett

Abstract: This article describes events at close quarters, as the author followed some of the night time shooting of badgers during the 2013 pilot cull in Somerset. Watching…

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Speaking for myself. Martin Spray. p.55

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Speaking for myself. Martin Spray

Abstract: I may not know what the truth is – but do I have to lie whenever I talk about nature?

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Book Reviews

ECOS 35 (1) Spring 2014 Book reviews

Books: – Brede High Woods: The history and wildlife of a High Weald woodland. Patrick Roper, 2013. – The Little Green Book of Eco-fascism: The plan to frighten…

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Issue 35(2) Summer
Editorial: Finding our way back to nature. Geoffrey Wain. p.1

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 Editorial: Finding our way back to nature. Geoffrey Wain

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Navigating nature: How to heal our blurred vision of wildlife. Chris Rose. p.2

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 Navigating nature: how to heal our blurred vision of wildlife

Abstract: Parents, grandparents, and even teachers, are no longer able to ‘introduce young children to nature’ because they can’t really see nature themselves. This article calls for a…

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The rise of citizen science: How can community research help nature? Kirsty Haw. p.12

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 The rise of citizen science: How can community research help nature? Kay Haw

Abstract: Citizen science is a popular way of gathering data and involving the public in science projects; from bird counts to spotting solar storms. But what are the…

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The benefits of engaging with nature through learning in natural environments. Justin Dillon. p.22

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 The benefits of engaging with nature through learning in natural environments. Justin Dillon

Abstract: Learning in the natural environment has a number of direct and indirect benefits. So why are so many children denied opportunities to engage with nature?

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Closer to the natural world? The achievements of Access to Nature grants. Helen Bovey. p.31

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 Closer to the natural world? The achievements of Access to Nature grants. Helen Bovey

Abstract: The Access to Nature programme helped nearly 950,000 people experience nature, many for the first time. This article looks at the degree to which the grants helped…

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The digital (conservation) age. Gina Maffey, Koen Arts, Annie Robinson, Rene van der Wal. p.37

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 The digital (conservation) age. Gina Maffey, Koen Arts, Annie Robinson, Rene van der Wal

Abstract: More than 70 scholars, policymakers and practitioners from around the world came together this May at the University of Aberdeen for the Digital Conservation 2014 conference. The…

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BioBlitz: A growing movement in wildlife recording. Matt Postles. p.43

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 BioBlitz: a growing movement in wildlife recording. Matt Postles

Abstract: BioBlitz events are local wildlife surveys often engaging public audiences to identify and record as many different species as possible in a given timeframe. This article explains…

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Green and pleasant heritage. Martin Spray. p.48

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 Green and pleasant heritage. Martin Spray

Abstract: Ian Rotherham’s article ‘The call of the wild’ in ECOS 35(1) 2014 prompted some tangential thoughts: Why do we tinker ad nauseam with the status quo, while…

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A stormy idea: responding to rapid change in coastal ecosystems. Thomas Pryke. p.55

ECOS35 (2) Summer 2014 A stormy idea: responding to rapid change in coastal ecosystems. Thomas Pryke

Abstract: The management of protected areas in coastal environments requires an appreciation of ecological, climatic, socio-political, and economic influences on conservation, and often balancing these factors is problematic….

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Devon waterways: beavers stake their claim. Derek Gow. p.62

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 Devon waterways: beavers stake their claim. Derek Gow

Abstract: In 2014 the River Otter in Devon became better know for beavers. This article discusses the future for the River Otter beavers which have arrived on the…

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Book reviews

ECOS 35 (2) Summer 2014 Book Reviews

Books: – Where do camels belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species. Ken Thompson, 2014. – Soft Estate. Edward Chell, 2013. – Wild Lewis: A Photographic Journey….

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Issue 35(3/4) Autumn / Winter
Editorial: Who's wild now? Ian Rotherham

ECOS 35 (3/4) Autumn/Winter 2014 Guest editorial: Who’s wild now? Ian Rotherham

This edition of ECOS carries several articles based on talks given at the 2014 Wilder By Design Part 1 conference. The editorial paper below addresses some of the…

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Making real space for nature: a continuum approach to UK conservation. Steve Carver. Open Access

ECOS 35 (3/4) Winter 2014. Making real space for nature: a continuum approach to UK conservation. Steve Carver

Abstract: Traditional conservation concerns over wildlife loss, cherished habitats and landscape heritage are holding back more adventurous thinking on rewilding, species reintroductions and landscape-scale natural processes. A bolder…

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Upland farming and wilding. Lois Mansfield

ECOS 35 (3/4) Upland farming and wilding. Lois Mansfield

Abstract: This article explores the relationship between upland farming in Cumbria and wilding. It outlines the Cumbrian upland farming system and its value to wilding processes, and explains…

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Cambrian wildwood - new ventures in a wilder landscape. Simon Ayres and Sophie Wynne-Jones

ECOS 35 (3/4) Cambrian Wildwood – new ventures in a wilder landscape. Simon Ayres and Sophie Wynne-Jones

Abstract: Cambrian Wildwood is an ambitious project to rewild an area in the uplands of Mid-Wales. This article reflects on progress to date and the challenges of advocating…

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Rewilding in Britain - lessons from the past 15 years. Peter Taylor

ECOS 35 (3/4) Rewilding in Britain: lessons from the past 15 years. Peter Taylor

Abstract: The profile of rewilding is rising and the old and struggling order of conservation naturally seeks to incorporate its methods. Here, I draw attention to a disturbing…

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Heathland conservation grazing: it's not all good. Jonty Denton

ECOS 35 (3/4) Heathland conservation grazing: it’s not all good. Jonty Denton

Abstract: This article discusses the efficacy of heathland grazing, and questions the cost effectiveness, lack of scientific evidence, and points out the need for a more balanced approach…

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Experiments with the wild at the Oostvaardersplassen. Jamie Lorimer and Clemens Driessen Open access and available for free

ECOS 35 (3/4) Winter 2014. Experiments with the wild at the Oostvaardersplassen. Jamie Lorimer & Clemens Driessen

Abstract:This article draws on a discussion of the differences between laboratory and field experiments to examine the practices and politics of rewilding. The analysis focuses on the Oostvaardersplassen,…

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Studying past landscape change to inform future conservation. Nicholas Macgregor, Kevin Watts, Kirsty Park, Elisa Fuents-Montemayor, Simon Duffield

ECOS 35 (3/4) Studying past landscape change to inform future conservation. Nicholas Macgregor, Kevin Watts, Kirsty Park, Elisa Fuents-Montemayor, Simon Duffield

Abstract: The WrEN project, led by the University of Stirling, Forest Research and Natural England, is taking advantage of the opportunities offered by Britain’s landscapes to study the…

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Reintroductions in Scotland - an update on beaver, boar and lynx. Alan Featherstone Watson

ECOS 35 (3/4) Reintroductions in Scotland – an update on beaver, boar and lynx. Alan Featherstone Watson

Abstract: This article provides an overview of the policy debates on the potential for returning wild boar, beaver and Eurasian lynx to Scotland. It concludes with a review…

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Book reviews

ECOS 35 (3/4) Winter 2014 Book reviews

The Sixth Extinction: An unnatural history. Elizabeth Kolbert Nature in Towns and Cities.  David Goode Otters of the World.  Paul and Grace Yoxton Download this article: Ecos 35-3-65…

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2013
Issue 34(1) Spring
Editorial: Crisis or opportunity? Geoffrey Wain. p.1

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013 Editorial: Crisis or opportunity? Geoffrey Wain

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Ecosystem services - are we flogging a dead horse? David West. p.2 Open Access and available for free

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Ecosystem Services – are we flogging a dead horse? David West

Abstract: Different parts of the natural world may well have inherent value to society but they also need to pay their way in a meaningful sense to ensure…

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New entrepreneurs in conservation - lessons from South Yorkshire's Dearne Valley. Ian Rotherham. p.5

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. New entrepreneurs in conservation – lessons from South Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley. Ian Rotherham

Abstract: The separation of nature from economy leads to ‘cultural severance’ and loss of species. This article discusses the potential links between ecology, nature conservation and tourism, and…

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Heathland futures - a role for wood-fuel lots? Ian Rotherham and Paul Titterton

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Heathland futures – a role for wood-fuel lots? Ian Rotherham and Paul Titterton

Abstract: Management of heathlands has been problematic for some decades and the situation is now acute. These areas have mostly lost the economic drivers that once sustained them….

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Greening the funeral business. Ruth Boogert. p.20

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Greening the funeral business. Ruth Boogert

Abstract: Natural burials claim to offer cheaper and more environmentally friendly end-of-life choices. This article discusses the main options for green burials and looks at some of the…

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The future of England's green agencies: with writing from Peter Shirley and Simon Leadbeater. p.26

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. The future of England’s green agencies: with writing from Peter Shirley and Simon Leadbeater

Abstract: Should we welcome the current review of Natural England and the Environment Agency or should we be worried if government is tempted to meddle with these bodies?…

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Welsh nature - riches to be protected or resources to be plundered? James Robertson. p.31

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Welsh nature – riches to be protected or resources to be plundered? James Robertson

Abstract: This article considers the background to the creation of Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Do the economy, society and environment generally and in Wales really form a mutually…

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Wales' new officialdom - Nature's wealth or wrath? Mick Green. p.39

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Wales’ new officialdom – Nature’s wealth or wrath? Mick Green

Abstract: Conservation reforms in Wales have reached a milestone with the dissolution of conservation agencies and a new body focused on natural resources. This article considers the implications…

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Fighting the green token - Mid-Wales revolts against turbines. Alison Davies. p.42

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Fighting the green token – mid Wales revolts against turbines. Alison Davies

Abstract: 815 industrial scale wind turbines, plus 50 supposedly ‘domestic’ (100+ foot high) wind turbines are proposed across one of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes as identified in…

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Trump's golf course - Society's nature. Koen Arts and Gina Maffrey. p.49

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Trump’s golf course – Society’s nature. The death and resurrection of nature conservation. Koen Arts and Gina Maffrey

Abstract: The story of Trump’s golf resort development in Scotland, part of which falls on a protected natural area, is more than just another example of nature succumbing…

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Forest policy resolved? The future's hunky-dory... Martin Spray. p.59

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Forest policy resolved? The future’s hunky-dory… Martin Spray

Abstract: The Government’s response to the 2012 Future of the Forests report from the Forestry Panel gets a wry smile 15) Below this, add the following computer code,…

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Conservation: A fading label? Peter Taylor. p.61

ECOS 34 (1) Spring 2013. Conservation: a fading label? Peter Taylor

Abstract: Is ‘conservation’ an outdated label in today’s era of managing nature? This article presents some thoughts on the state of UK conservation as viewed by the author,…

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Book reviews

ECOS 34(1) Spring 2013. Book Reviews

Books reviewed in this issue: – Fauna Scotica: Animals and people in Scotland. Polly Pullar and Mary Low – Gossip from the Forest: The tangled roots of our…

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Issue 34(2) Summer
Editorial: Nature's fury or ours? Geoffrey Wain. p.1

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013 Editorial: Nature’s fury or ours? Geoffrey Wain

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We can be heroes. Gavin Saunders p.2

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. We can still be heroes. Gavin Saunders

Abstract: Where is the critical independent debate taking place in the conservation sector these days? Where do we turn for intellectual and moral leadership? How should ECOS and…

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Still a purpose for ECOS? Martin Spray. p.7

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Still a purpose for ECOS? Martin Spray

Abstract: At a time when BANC and ECOS are regrouping, and assessing how best to serve the current generations of conservation thinkers, this article takes a personal look…

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Learning from Max Nicholson. From managing population growth to tackling ecocide. Simon Leadbeater. p.10

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Learning from Max Nicholson. From managing population growth to tackling ecocide. Simon Leadbeater

Abstract: 10 years after the conservation visionary Max Nicholson died, this article discusses how we can sustain species and co-exist with a rich array of wildlife as relentless…

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Why a badger cull won't work. Chris Cheeseman. p.20

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Why a badger cull won’t work. Chris Cheeseman

Abstract: In October 2012, over 30 eminent scientists with considerable knowledge of wildlife and disease wrote to The Observer newspaper to explain why the Government’s proposed badger cull…

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Saving Britain's trees: countering the growing threat from invasive plants and diseases. Clive Potter. p.25 Open access and available for free

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Saving Britain’s trees: countering the growing threat from invasive pests and disease. Clive Potter

Abstract: With the onset of ash die back, this article reviews the threats to tree health from invasive pests and diseases and considers how plant biosecurity might be…

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Resilient and adaptive wooded landscapes. Mike Townsend. p.31

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Resilient and adaptive wooded landscapes. Mike Townsend

Abstract: The emergence or threat of a number of aggressive woodland pests and diseases, in addition to the already present jeopardy of climate change and long term changes…

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Ennerdale - celebrating the wild and the exceptional. Alison Parfitt. p.37

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Ennerdale – celebrating the wild and the exceptional. Alison Parfitt

Abstract: In June 2013, 70 people gathered in Ennerdale. We walked in this Lake District valley to mark 10 years of the Wild Ennerdale partnership, which oversees one…

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The feral book - reintroducing rewilding. Simon Ayres. p.41

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. The feral book – reintroducing rewilding. Simon Ayres

Abstract: George Monbiot’s new book Feral is akin to an unofficial release into the rewilding movement. This article reflects on the main ideas in Feral and how it…

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Wild nature reclaiming man-made landscapes. Mark Fisher. p.50

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Wild nature reclaiming man-made landscapes. Mark Fisher

Abstract: This article critiques the recent publication, Trees, Forested Landscapes and Grazing Animals: A European Perspective on Woodlands and Grazed Treescapes, edited by Ian Rotherham. The book focuses…

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Helping the State of Nature - public duty and political evasion. Writings from: Adrian Phillips, Michael Jeeves, Ian Bond, Peter Shirley. p.59

ECOS 34 (2) Summer 2013. Helping the State of Nature – public duty and political evasion. Writing from: Adrian Phillips, Michael Jeeves, Ian Bond, Peter Shirley

Abstract: Following the May 2013 launch of the State of Nature report, ECOS asked around for reflections on the publication and the mainly negative trend it confirmed for…

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Book reviews. p.70

ECOS 34 (2) Book reviews

Book reviews: – The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland: A Traveller’s Guide. Clifton Bain, 2013 – Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary. Esther Woolfson, 2013…

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Issue 34(3) Autumn / Winter
Editorial: Offsetting or upsetting? Geoffrey Wain. p.1

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Editorial Offsetting or upsetting? Geoffrey Wain

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Biodiversity offsets' use in the UK: How, where and when? Joseph Bull. p.2

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Biodiversity offsets’ use in the UK: How, where and when? Joseph Bull

Abstract: Leaping to rash conclusions about biodiversity offsets based on a limited outlook on their use could cause missed opportunities for UK nature conservation

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Biodiversity offsets - an unnecessary evil? Mike Townsend. p.8

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Biodiversity offsets – an unnecessary evil? (Mike Townsend)

Abstract: The Government is consulting on biodiversity offsets to spede the planning process. The notion of biodiversity offsets might offer a reasonable solution to the vexed questions of…

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Local Nature Partnerships - the experience in Sussex. Tony Whitbread. p.13

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Local Nature Partnerships – the experience in Sussex. Tony Whitbread

Abstract: Nearly 50 Local Nature Partnerships now operate throughout England. Can these new bodies bring a collective effort to help change the fortunes of our wildlife, and will…

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Bad(ger)lands. Martin Spray. p.17

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Bad(ger)lands. Martin Spray

Abstract: It is not Broc who is enigmatic, it is the process by which we try to make a complex situation simple, and cull a species we’ve given…

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The road to Salamanca. Little heart at the 2013 World Wilderness Congress. Peter Taylor. p.21

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013. The road to Salamanca. little heart at the 2013 World Wilderness Congress. Peter Taylor

Abstract: The 10th World Wilderness Congress, WILD10, was held in October 2013 in Salamanca, Spain. ECOS was given press status to observe the struggles reported by indigenous cultures…

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Nature blogging: a personal perspective. Miles King. p.28

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Nature blogging – a personal perspective. Miles King

Abstract: What role can blogs plan in debate on nature conservation and how influential might they be in affecting change, both directly and through longer-term diffusion of ideas?…

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Climate change: A rational debate. Views from: Clive Hambler and Jenny Hawley. p.33

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Rationale debate: Climate change. Views from: Clive Hambler and Jenny Hawley

Abstract: Two view points: 1) British conservation and climate change: the habitats matter (Clive Hambler) 2) Climate change – a nature conservation commitment (Jenny Hawley) Climate models have…

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Integrating nature and agriculture - towards a new vision. Gavin Saunders and Simon Brenman. p.38

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013. Integrating nature and agriculture – towards a new vision. Gavin Saunders and Simon Brenman

Abstract: The conservation sector in the UK needs to engage more fully with the debate over the future of agriculture in Britain, and to recognise – despite the…

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Assessing the Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphin SACs. Mark Peter Simmonds, Mick Green, Vicki James, Sonja Eisfeld, Rob Lott. p.46 Open Access and available for free

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013 Assessing the Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphin SACs. Mark Peter Simmonds, Mick Green, Vicki James, Sonja Eisfeld, Rob Lott

Abstract: Cardigan Bay in Wales and adjacent waters are important for marine wildlife and have various areas designated as special areas of conservation (SACs). Here we consider the…

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Whither Natural England? Mark July. p.56

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013. Whither Natural England? Mark July

Abstract: With Natural England’s role endorsed by the Triennial Review, what can now be expected from the agency? Does Defra’s intention to draw all its component bodies closer…

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Book reviews. p.62

ECOS 34 (3/4) Winter 2013. Book reviews

– A Sting in the Tale. Dave Goulson, 2013 – Words of Re-Enchantment: Storytelling, Myth and Ecological Desire. Anthony Nanson, 2011 – Conservation. Clive Hambler and Susan Canney,…

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2012
Issue 33 (1) Spring
Editorial: Back to Basics. Geoffrey Wain, p.1

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012 Editorial: Back to basics. Geoffrey Wain

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Cometh the hour? Peter Shirley, p.2

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Cometh the hour? Peter Shirley

Abstract: This article discusses the current forces affecting the role and the influence of wildlife bodies, and considers why providing leadership in the conservation movement is such a…

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For Nature's sake. Mark Avery, p.6

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. For Nature’s sake. Mark Avery

Abstract: British nature needs a strong campaigning voice. Public bodies charged with defending wildlife are becoming more timid and constrained as government responds to the age of austerity….

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Wildlife fallback - are we prepared? David West, p.9

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Wildlife fallback – are we prepared? David West

Abstract: Despite the recent advances in nature conservation are we about to see a rapid return to habitat fragmentation following CAP reform (post 2013) and increased food demand?

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A lifeless living Wales? Mick Green, p.12

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. A lifeless living Wales? Mick Green

Abstract: Consultations on green reforms in Wales, including a single environmental delivery body, have set alarm bells ringing amongst conservationists. Policy making for wildlife looks set to become…

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Heartlands and wildwoods. Sophie Wynne-Jones, p.15

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Heartlands and wildwoods. Sophie Wynne Jones

Abstract: This article considers the potential for native woodland restoration in the Welsh Uplands. It reflects on the cultural tensions surrounding rewilding in Wales in the late 1990s…

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Scottish land reform - a lost opportunity for community environmental development? Alexandra Henderson, p.21

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Scottish and reform: A lost opportunity for community landownership? Alexandra Henderson

Abstract: Land reform in Scotland raises huge opportunities for remote areas of the Highlands and Islands to improve the local environment and gain associated livelihoods. This article assesses…

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Letting the cat out of the bag: Eurasian lynx reintroduction in Scotland. James Thomson, p.27

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Letting the cat out of the bag: Eurasian lynx reintroduction in Scotland. James Thomson

Abstract: Conservation, game and land owning bodies have recently been discussing the conditions for any future reintroduction of lynx to Scotland. This article considers the debate amongst organisations…

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Tolerating the Tay beavers. Derek Gow, p.35

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Tolerating the Tay beavers. Derek Gow

Abstract: The Tay beavers will be monitored between now and the end of the Knapdale beaver trial in 2015, when a decision will be made about the future…

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Ups and downs for the Badger. Ian Rotherham, p.37

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Ups and downs for the Badger. Ian Rotherham

Abstract: Two six-week badger cull trials are scheduled to take place from August 2012 and may lead to wider culls countrywide. This article considers the unintended consequences which…

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Bee conservation: A call for coherence, cohesion and co-operation. Emily Adams, Philip Donkersley and Alistair Campbell, p.41

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Bee conservation: A call for coherence, cohesion and co-operation. Emily Adams, Philip Donkersley and Alistair Campbell

Abstract: Conservation actions for different groups of bees would be improved if a more coherent, scale-aware approach is taken amongst organisations concerned with bees.

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Today we live without them: the erasure of animals and plants in the language of ecosystem assessment. Arran Stibbe, p.47 Open access and available for free

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Today we live without them: the erasure of animals and plants in the language of ecosystem assessment. Arran Stibe

Abstract: This article examines the representation of animals and plants in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, showing how they are systematically erased from consciousness through a variety of…

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When the going gets touch... Jonathan Somper, p.54

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. When the going gets tough… Jonathan Somper

Abstract: Evidence suggests that around one half of NGOs are coping with the challenging financial times to varying degrees, but the rest may not be. Which category does…

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Peak Panthers. David Siddon, p.66

ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Peak Panthers. David Siddon

Abstract: This article provides an account of big cat sightings in north-east Derbyshire and the eastern Peak District. All instances are based on first hand testimonies.

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Book reviews

ECOS 33 (1) Book Reviews

Books reviewed in this issue: – Wildlife Crime: The makings of an Investigations Officer. Dave Dick, 2012 – Anticipatory History. Caitlin DeSilvey, Simon Naylor and Colin Sacketts (eds),…

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Issue 33 (2) Summer
Editorial: What White Paper? Geoffrey Wain, p.1

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Editorial: What White Paper? Geoffrey Wain

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Forest politics - the battle for the status quo. Roger Bodgitt, p.2

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Forest politics – the battle for the status quo. Roger Bodgitt

Abstract: So the Public Forest looks set to remain in public ownership. That may feel like a victory, but to quote from the blogger Mark Avery: “The great…

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Stasis in the forest? Martin Spray, p.6

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Stasis in the forest? Martin Spray

Abstract: The final report of the Independent Forestry Panel includes some good news that is likely to become real, and some that isn’t.

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From Rio to Devizes: a leap too far? Jenny Hawley, p.9

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. From Rio to Devizes: a leap too far? Jenny Hawley

Abstract: It is easy to take the natural environment for granted in my own county of Wiltshire, but the State of the Environment report 2012 presents worrying evidence…

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Paying our way - affording nature in hard times. Tony Whitbread, p.13

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Paying our way: affording nature in hard times. Tony Whitbread

Abstract: Is looking after the environment an act of charity, to be funded by those with the desire to do so, or is it an act of social…

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Conservation in a time of austerity - why fund nature? Mike Townsend, p.17

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Conservation in a time of austerity – why fund nature? Mike Townsend

Abstract: Why has an appealing subject like wildlife protection and the environment become an easy target for cuts? We should capitalise on recent measures designed to demonstrate the…

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Councils in adversity - why less isn't more for nature. Mike Oxford, p.21

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Councils in adversity – why less isn’t more for nature. Mike Oxford

Abstract: This article reviews the feedback provided by wildlife staff across local councils in England, when they were asked to indicate the effects of cuts on the ability…

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Planning and site safeguard - time to step up for nature. Andre Farrar, p.26

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Planning and site safeguard – time to step up for nature. Andre Farrar

Abstract: How can prime wildlife sites be safeguarded amidst current forces which threaten to undermine stringent policies to help nature? This article looks at the background politics and…

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Unplanning the countryside. Richard Bates, p.31

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Unplanning the Countryside. Richard Bate

Abstract: Governments often consider softening up the planning system at times of economic strain, and the present Government is now implementing more measures to this effect than others…

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Neighbourhood planning - fresh powers for local conservation. Jeremy Owen, p.39 Open access and available for free

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Neighbourhood planning – fresh powers for local conservation? Jeremy Owen

Abstract: Reforms to the planning system could bring major change to directing development and managing the environment at the local level. This article looks at the emerging issues…

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Rat Island - Lessons from ancient Aotearoa for middle England today. Simon Leadbeater, p.46

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Rat Island – lessons from ancient Aotearoa for middle England today. Simon Leadbeater

Abstract: This article began as a book review of William Stolzenburg’s Rat Island (Bloomsbury 2011). However, the narrative of past misdeeds as the backdrop to the current extinction…

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Lapwing futures - a plea for evidence-based policy. Philip Merricks, p.53

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Lapwing futures – a plea for evidence-based policy. Philip Merricks

Abstract: Farmers and conservationists have a common cause in doing their utmost to halt and then reverse this seemingly relentless fall in farmland bird numbers. To do this…

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Book reviews, p.59

ECOS 33 (2) Summer 2012. Book reviews

Books reviewed in this issue: – The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot. Robert Macfarlane, 2012 – Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science and Evolution. David Rothenberg, 2011…

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Issue 33 (3/4) Autumn / Winter
Editorial: Connecting the connectivity? Geoffrey Wain. p.1

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter Editorial: Connecting the connectivity. Geoffrey Wain

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Lands-caped crusaders. Gavin Saunders, p.2

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Lands-caped crusaders. Gavin Saunders

Abstract: Right across the conservation sector we are beginning to talk about conserving wildlife in whole landscapes. Do we appreciate the intellectual Pandora’s Box we’re opening?    

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Landscape-scale - towards an integrated approach. Kate Ahern and Lyndis Cole, p.6

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Large-scale conservation in Great Britain: taking stock. Nicholas Macgregor, William Adams, Chris Hill, Felix Eigenbrod and Patrick Osborne

Abstract: Natural England has compiled a database of Large-Scale Conservation Projects and interviewed many practitioners involved in these schemes. This article reviews the findings to date and considers…

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Large-scale conservation in Great Britain: taking stock. Nicholas Macgregor, William Adams, Chris Hill, Felix Eigenbrod and Patrick Osborne, p.13 Open access and available for free

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Large-scale conservation in Great Britain: taking stock. Nicholas Macgregor, William Adams, Chris Hill, Felix Eigenbrod and Patrick Osborne

Abstract: Natural England has compiled a database of Large-Scale Conservation Projects and interviewed many practitioners involved in these schemes. This article reviews the findings to date and considers…

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Private and networked: Large Conservation Areas in Scotland. William Adams, p.24

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Private and networked: Large Conservation Areas in Scotland. William Adams

Abstract: Scotland contains large conservation areas of many kinds. These range from estates managed as vast nature reserves or with conservation in mind, through collaborations between neighbouring properties…

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Landscape-scale conservation for butterflies and moths: lessons from the UK. Nigel Bourn, Sam Ellis and Caroline Bulman, p.34

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Landscape-scale conservation for butterflies and moths: lessons from the UK. Nigel Bourn, Sam Ellis and Caroline Bulman

Abstract: In recent years Butterfly Conservation has shifted the majority of its conservation work from a focus on single sites to networks of sites across a landscape. This…

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Landscape-scale conservation: A progress report from the Weald. Henri Brocklebank, p.43

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Landscape-scale conservation: A progress report from the Weald. Henri Brocklebank

Abstract: The Wildlife Trusts have been talking about ‘bigger, better and more joined-up’ conservation for many years, primed by their Living Landscape programme launched in 2006. The Trusts…

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Landscape-scale conservation in the South West: Notes from the frontline. Lisa Schneidau, p.50

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Landscape-scale conservation in the South West: Notes from the frontline. Lisa Schneidau

Abstract: Nature Improvement Areas are the current ‘big thing’ in landscape-scale conservation approaches. But how do they differ from all the other schemes? And what are the challenges…

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Wyre's future forest: new ventures in a wooded landscape. John and Linda Iles, p.56

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Wyre’s future forest – new ventures in a wooded landscape. John and Linda Iles

Abstract: The Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve sits alongside tracts of extensive commercial forestry. This article looks at local ventures in the area’s environmental management from the authors’…

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Reintroducing charismatic species to Scotland: the rhetoric and politics of a 21st century agenda. Koen Arts, Anke Fischer and René van der Wal, p.61

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Reintroducing charismatic species to Scotland: the rhetoric and politics of a 21st century agenda. Koen Arts, Anke Fischer, René van der Wal

Abstract: Little attention is generally paid to how experts involved in species reintroductions argue, and how this relates to political decision-making. On the basis of text analysis of…

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The Wildwood - giving up its secrets? Rick Minter, p.68

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. The Wildwood – giving up its secrets? Rick Minter

Abstract: Two children, two landowners and two zoologists were amongst visitors to the big cats stand at the 2012 Stroud Festival of Nature. Their comments and questions, summarised…

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Book reviews, p.73

ECOS 33 (3/4) Winter 2012. Book reviews

Book reviews in this issue: – Fighting for birds: 25 years in Nature Conservation.  Mark Avery, 2012 – Hadrian’s Widlife.  John Miles, 2012- Wild Hope: One the Front…

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2011 - 1 of 3 complete
Issue 32 (1) Spring
Editorial: Partners in crime? Geoffrey Wain, p.1

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Editorial: Partners in Crime? Geoffrey Wain

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All you need is love? Gavin Saunders, p.2

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. All you need is love? Gavin Saunders

Abstract: Mapping out a positive way ahead for conservation beyond the current period of austerity needs more than just Lawton-type reports and corporate resolutions. We need to ask…

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Forest sales - After the storm. Ian Hodge and William Adams, p.9

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 201. Forest Sales – after the storm. Ian Hodge and William Adams

Abstract: On 27 January 2011, the British Coalition Government launched a consultation on the future of the Public Forest Estate in England. Less than a month later, beset…

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After the revolt - a sideways look at the Forest. Martin Spray, p.15

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. After the revolt – a sideways look at the Forest. Martin Spray

Abstract: Voices raised during the public alarm over the proposed forest sell offs raise deeper issues about the meaning of our contemporary forests, as this discussion of the…

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Public forests - the wildlife NGOs: broken-backed but dangerous. David Bangs, p.23

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Public forests – the wildlife NGOs: broken-backed but dangerous. Dave Bangs

Abstract: The strife over Forestry Commission privatisation has shone a spotlight on the wider political role of the major conservation NGOs. Do they resolutely act to defend the…

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Big Society and the environment - empowerment or takeover? Diane Warburton, p.27

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Big Society and the environment – empowerment or takeover? Diana Warburton

Abstract: The Big Society is seen as offering exciting new opportunities for the voluntary and community sectors, especially at local levels, in providing services for local people. This…

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Funding trends - the implications for future nature conservation. Jonathan Somper, p.34

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Funding trends – the implications for future nature conservation. Jonathan Somper

Abstract: This article looks at a number of significant strands of funding that have supported nature conservation in the UK over the last decade and considers how funding…

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Educated and willing... but unemployed! The state of the conservation job market. Rachel Kempson, p.43

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Educated and willing… but unemployed! The state of the conservation job market. Rachel Kempson

Abstract: Embarking on a career in the current environmental-conservation job market is not an easy feat. There are things that you can do to influence your chances. However,…

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Biodiversity's special year - a flagship or a flop? Andrew Harby, p.48

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Biodiversity’s special year – a flagship or a flop? Andrew Harby

Abstract: Are UN labels worth the effort for conservation groups? Do they offer more bland marketing or can they galvanize people’s commitment? This article looks at the mixed…

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Food for thought: the real costs of intensive farming. Ruth Boogert, p.52

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Food for thought: the real costs of intensive farming. Ruth Boogert

Abstract: Intensive industrial agriculture is at a crossroads. Trends in intensification and super-scale livestock units seem in conflict with the needs of healthier lifestyles. This article discusses the…

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Deer management and biodiversity in England: the efficacy and ethics of culling. Simon Leadbeater, p.59

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Deer management and biodiversity in England: the efficacy and ethics of culling. Simon Leadbeater

Abstract: This article examines the issues associated with controlling deer numbers in order to protect biodiversity. It concludes that culling is in danger of becoming increasingly indiscriminate and…

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Wild rights - campaigning for the Tay beavers. Louise Ramsay, p.69

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Wild rights – campaigning for the Tay beavers. Louise Ramsay

Abstract: A Facebook campaign to celebrate wild nature taking its course is gathering pace…

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Big Birds in the UK: the reintroduction of iconic species. Peter Taylor, p.74

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Big Birds in the UK: the reintroduction of iconic species. Peter Taylor

Abstract: There has been over three decades of success with reintroduction of large birds, some with fierce reputations among farmers and game keepers, and some demanding of habitat…

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From understanding to action - the consequences of how we label nature. Clare O'Reilly, p.81

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. From understanding to action – the consequences of how we label nature. Clare O’Reilly

Abstract: A recent popular science book on the history of taxonomy (Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science by Carol Kaesuk Yoon) portrays modern evolutionary biology as…

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Book reviews, p.86

ECOS 32 (1) Spring 2011. Book reviews

Books and play reviewed in this issue: – Mangroves and man-eaters and other wildlife encounters. Dan Freeman, 2011 – The Species Seekers: Heroes, fools and the mad pursuit…

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Issue 32 (2) Summer
Issue 32 (3/4) Autumn / Winter

In progress:

2010
2009
Issue 30 (1) Spring
What makes a 'protected area'? The new context from IUCN. Nigel Dudley, p.51

ECOS 30 (1) Spring 2009. What makes a good protected area? The new context from IUCN. Nigel Dudley

Abstract: A new international definition of a protected area gives greater emphasis to its nature conservation values than in the past and also improves the framework for classifying…

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Issue 30 (3/4) Winter
Full issue

ECOS 30 (3/4) Whole issue

Editorial: A house without foundations. Martin Spray Feature articles – Ecology: what next? Jill Sutcliffe – Plants in peril. Clare O’Reilly – Critical choices for early ecology education….

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2008
2007
2006 - 2 articles available
Issue 27(2) Summer
A new vision for marine spatial planning. David Tyldesley, p.33

ECOS 27 (2) Spring 2006. A new vision for marine spatial planning. David Tyldesley

Abstract: Marine spatial planning would require radical reform of the planning and regulatory regimes of the marine environment, plus a reformed terrestrial planning system, meshed with Integrated Coastal…

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Issue 27(3/4) Winter
Rewilding Middle England. Michael Jeeves, p.8

ECOS 27 (3/4). Rewilding Middle England. Michael Jeeves

Abstract: Must the central lowlands of England forever be tame? The opportunities for wild land in the region, and the threats to it, are explored in this article.

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2005 - 1 article available
Issue 26(3/4) Winter
Eradicating non-native mammals from islands: facts and perceptions. Helen Meech, p.72

ECOS 26 (3/4) Winter 2005 Eradicating non-native mammals from islands: facts and perceptions

Abstract: Can science alone determine when eradication of a non-native species is required?   And should a species be eradicated on the basis of its origins?

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1996 - 1 article available
Issue 17 (2) Spring
Biodiversity: Nature for Nerds? Paul Evans, p.7

ECOS 17 (2) Spring 1996 Biodiversity: Nature for Nerds? Paul Evans

Abstract: Biodiversity has emerged as a package of concerns with a political impetus which is forcing it above ‘Nature’ and ‘ecology’ in the issue stakes. There are those…

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1993 - 1 article available
Issue 3/4 - Winter
Towards sustainability in the planning process: the role of EIA. David Pritchard, p.10

ECOS 14 (3/4). Towards Sustainability in the planning process: the role of EIA. David Pritchard

Abstract: Protection of biodiversity in the UK relies heavily on discretionary decision-making, in turn dependent on good assessment of the environmental effects of development. More ‘strategic’ environmental assessment…

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1980
Issue 1 (1) - First ever issue of ECOS

ECOS 1 (1) 1980

Contents: – Editorial p.2-3 – BANC Meetings p.3 – Landmarks in Conservation: An interview with Max Nicholson p.4-8 – The Countryside in 1980 by Jane Clifford and Philip…

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