Category Archives: Managing Biodiversity

Tales from the forest – Teak

  Teak is one of the most valuable timber trees in the world, but where did it originally come from… Teak tree – from Jalan Jati -a project on memories of wood, trees and people and has been captured on film, exhibitions … Continue reading

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Shifting restoration’s mindset away from the ‘Garden of Eden’

There has been a recent recommendation to set restoration baselines as pre-degradation ecological communities. However this is a nostalgic aspiration, akin to restoring the ‘Garden of Eden’. It is unrealistic, expensive and does not acknowledge ecosystem change. Restoration should respond to the … Continue reading

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Are you a threat to the Siberian tiger?

You are probably unintentionally contributing to the future demise of the Siberian tiger. Tiger habitat, predominantly Mongolian oak, is being destroyed by illegal logging. As consumers of oak furniture, which has potentially been illegally sourced from tiger habitat, we are … Continue reading

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Plant adaptation under a changing climate

Many plants, and trees in particular, have been standing where they are today for 100s and even 1000s of years. How have they been able to cope with the changing conditions over such a long time? Will this intrinsic ability … Continue reading

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Tales from the forest – Teak

      Teak is one of the most valuable timber trees in the world, but where did it originally come from…   Teak tree – from Jalan Jati -a project on memories of wood, trees and people and has been … Continue reading

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Grubs up

Shouldn’t we be taking the idea of eating insects – or entophagy –   a bit more seriously?       A delicious and nutrious meal all wrapped up in a crunchy coating! (zmescience)

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Engaging hearts and minds to reverse the biodiversity crisis

Lets us be in no doubt – we are in the midst of the greatest biodiversity crisis the world has ever seen. The rate of extinction today is greater than at any other time in the history of life on earth. … Continue reading

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Give the land a break, and have some confidence in resilience

The ability of the bush to bounce back after extensive grazing cannot be guaranteed. A farmer from Sanderson in the foothills of the South Australian Mt Lofty Ranges, Brenton Newman, had more faith than that and destocked his land to … Continue reading

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Local is not always best

The use of local seed is widely advocated for habitat restoration and is based on the premise that locally sourced seed will be the best adapted for the local conditions at restoration sites. However, a ‘local is best’ seed sourcing practise … Continue reading

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Good news for one whale (and her friend)

There aren’t too many good stories around these days, so it’s nice to find one when it happens. Crew members of a whale-watching vessel spotted a regular visitor to the local waters around Long Island in trouble: the humpback, nicknamed … Continue reading

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