Positive Conservation News - February 2019

February 28, 2019

The end of another month means a new round-up of positive conservation stories. February saw numerous conservation successes, from the the sightings of two believed to be extinct species, to the discovery of fire resilient plants. Read on to find even more!

How You Can Help Conservation Right Now! : #1 Biological Recording

February 25, 2019

Feeling like you want to try and help in conservation but don't know where to start? Or maybe you feel that conservation issues are happening far away and that you are powerless to do anything about them? Well I might have the answers for you! To try and help people find where their efforts are best placed, I will be posting about things that you can start doing almost immediately that can bring about meaningful change.

This time it's the turn of Biological Recording. If you enjoy looking for wildlife and trying to identify what you find, you can turn your hard work into useful data which is used for conservation research all over the world. You don't have to be an expert, and you can record anything you like depending on what you find interesting and exciting. You might do a little bit here and there or it may even become your next big obsession! Read on to see how you can start to make a difference and begin your journey as a biological recorder.

What's the problem with palm oil and should we boycott it?

February 12, 2019

The environmental consequences of palm oil have been known for years, but Iceland got everyone talking about it in December with their banned advert. The ad illustrated how palm oil plantations are affecting orangutan populations by destroying their habitat and quickly went viral when the company shared it on social media. However, there is still confusion on whether it's better to carry on buying or to boycott. Read on for more information and how to be ethically conscious of your palm oil purchases.

4 Natural History Books To Read This Year

February 05, 2019

There are a lot of good natural history books out there and I wish I had the time to read all of them, but unfortunately like most people my time is limited, and sometimes I don't read as often as I should. Reading time is valuable and so it helps to have a good recommendation so you can make the most of it. For me, a good natural history book should also be a good story, a journey of discovery for you and the author. Their passion leaps out and pulls you into the subject matter and you find yourself in awe of an aspect of the world you may not have even knew existed before. Behind all of these books is usually a huge body of research, gathered by unsung heroes who have spent years trying to further our understanding of the natural world. These are just four books which have really stood out for me recently, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
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