Don’t let nature do all the work alone: strategies help ecological restoration

 Lisa Vogel is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. Pure, wild and untouched nature… these were the associations with New Zealand that came to my head when I was on my way to the Euroleague for…

Turning industrial agriculture into eco-agriculture: a plea for more effort

Mara Neef is a postgraduate student who wrote this article as part of her Euroleague for Life Sciences course work at Lincoln University. Biodiversity is declining in countries with industrial agriculture, such as New Zealand and the European Union member states. An increase in food production and the protection of…

Ecoblitzing Cambridge

Over the last few days we ran a successful ecoblitz at St Peters School in Cambridge. How does an ecoblitz differ from the more common bioblitz, I hear you ask? In a bioblitz we arrive at a location and try to record all of the biodiversity at that site, typically…

Does riparian restoration improve water quality?

Water is a huge part of the New Zealand lifestyle. We drink it freely straight from the tap, we eagerly swim and boat in the rivers and lakes, and we benefit as a country from our tourism industry which capitalises on environmental sustainability. We seem to take for granted how…

A bird at hand is worth… a lot more bush

       Ross Carter-Brown is a postgraduate student in the Department of Ecology at Lincoln University. Here he writes about an ongoing project that started off as a summer scholarship. Restoration projects tend t  o focus on mass plantings to revegetate a site and achieve canopy closure as soon as possible. These plantings…