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WildCRU gets a new ambassador when Dave Pocock visits the Recanati-Kaplan Centre at Tubney House

October 20, 2015

Australian rugby star, Dave Pocock in England for the Rugby World Cup is a devoted conservationist and spent an afternoon with the WildCRU team. Pictured with David Macdonald (left) and Ewan Macdonald (right), and with WildCRU brochure firmly in hand (it is available here for download - 4.5MB PDF).... Read full story


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As dull as ditch-water you might think, but David Macdonald explains how the WildCRU team, led by Drs Ros Shaw and Ruth Feber, discovered that ditch-water is not dull at all

October 19, 2015

Few people get excited by the small, temporary ditches in agricultural land, sometimes dry and sometimes wet. But these are the vascular system of farmland, the first collection point of water draining from agricultural fields sometimes laden with agro-chemicals. Ditches are conduits for water, preventing fields becoming waterlogged fields, collecting points for pollutants and sediments ... Read full story


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The Cecil Beanie: David Macdonald explains how this gorgeous plush toy is helping conservation

October 16, 2015

When the Vice President of the Ty Company that makes Beany Babies arrived at WildCRU’s headquarters in Oxfordshire, I did not fully appreciate the fame of these soft, cuddly toys, but within minutes I learnt that almost everybody had delighted in them as children. How wonderful, therefore, to be told that the company’s enthusiasm for ... Read full story


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David Macdonald introduces new WildCRU collaborator, Arthur Muneza, and the unhealthy story of Giraffe Skin Disease

October 20, 2015

Anyone who has felt unnerved by press reports of SARS, or avian flu or, terrifyingly, Ebola is aware of the threat of emerging diseases to people. They can threaten conservation too. Take the imaginatively named Giraffe Skin Disease, first spotted in the 1990s. It’s not a pretty sight: amongst the chilling words used to describe ... Read full story


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David Macdonald reports how a leopard, at least in some places, unexpectedly changes its spots

October 19, 2015

Followers of the WildCRU's work will know that we have a major project studying clouded leopards, spanning study sites from Nepal to Kalimantan. One very important site is in the jungles of Peninsular Malaysia, in a remote location called Ulu Muda near the Thai border. There, our team is led by the talented and determined ... Read full story


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David Macdonald reports on how British mammals are under the weather

October 1, 2015

History, so Arnold Toynbee had it, was "just one damn thing after another", and that’s a bit how conservation feels – as if the Evil Quartet wasn’t bad enough (Jarad Diamond’s list of habitat loss, persecution, invasive species and ecological cascades) most are mostly worsened by climate change. Climate change, or at least stresses caused ... Read full story



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