Why Natural Capital?

The Struggle to Revitalize the World’s Vulture Populations

9th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Atlas Obscura. “…Less cuddly than pandas, less awesome than whales, less relatable than gorillas, the avian scavengers have a little trouble building an emotional response with the public—even with extinction on the line. Vultures are carrion eaters, beady-eyed and bald (many of them, at least), so they don’t make great… [more]

The Latest Cutting-Edge Technology Changing Our Landscapes? Trees

9th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  The UK has been slow to embrace agroforestry, fearing trees compete for valuable space and water. In fact they can increase crop diversity as well as profits, as two pioneering Cambridgeshire farmers have found “Most people round here think it’s pretty normal for the earth to just… [more]

Predation By Small Mammalian Carnivores in Rural Agro-Ecosystems: An Undervalued Ecosystem Service?

4th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights:  Crop areas supported the highest diversity of small carnivores. Carnivore probability of use was influenced by dog and livestock abundance. Small carnivores incorporate significant proportions of rodents in their diet. Community members underappreciated the potential pest control services of carnivores. The perceived impacts of poultry predation… [more]

Why Small Ponds Have Enormous Value

4th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published at SwissInfo. “Ponds may not seem as glamorous as rushing rivers or majestic lakes, but they’re indispensable when it comes to biodiversity and ecosystem health. In Switzerland natural ponds have all but vanished with the rise of agricultural intensification. Only 12 kilometres to the east of the bustling city of… [more]

U.S. Military is Using Oyster Reefs as Living ‘Speed Bumps’ to Protect Naval Bases Against Storms

4th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Daily Mail.  Around the U.S. and the world, oyster reefs being planted as storm-protection ‘Living shorelines’ of oyster reefs are better and cheaper than other methods Experts say the oyster reefs help blunt the force of incoming storm waves “Earle Naval Weapons Station, where the Navy loads some… [more]

UK to Bring Back Beavers in First Government Flood Reduction Scheme of its Kind

12th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

  This article was originally published on the Guardian. “Beaver family will be released in the Forest of Dean to stop a village from flooding, with potential for further such schemes to follow. A valley in the Forest of Dean will echo to the sound of herbivorous munching next spring when a family of beavers… [more]