Vital conservation work carried out by University of Cumbria in West Africa
A group of students and academics from the University of Cumbria are helping to secure critically endangered species in West Africa. As Cumbria coped with ‘the beast from the east’ the university group returned from a research and conservation trip to The Gambia.
Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Rare shark spotted by Cumbrian students during Gambian trip
Memorandum signing marks formal farming collaboration
A farm which acts as a natural laboratory allowing students from the University of Cumbria to monitor biodiversity, lambing and undertake other valuable work experience has signed a formal memorandum of understanding with the university. Susan’s Farm, at Houghton near Carlisle, is a 200 acre organic beef and sheep farm featuring pedigree Longhorn cattle, sheep, goslings and chickens is named after honorary fellow Susan Aglionby.
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Voluntary river survey work leads to rare species spotted
Work by University of Cumbria zoology BSc (Hons) student Suzanne Collinson may help signal an improvement in fish life within a Cumbrian river. Recent work experience with the Eden Rivers Trust saw her survey the River Caldew and record a young eel, a species now classified as critically endangered as its population has declined by 95% in the last 25 years.
Posted on Wednesday, July 4, 2018
First Cumbrian zoologists graduate
From working as a researcher on the world’s largest living reef to tracking turtles in Turkey, the first group of zoology students to graduate from the University of Cumbria are set to make their mark on the world. Set up three years ago the course has proved popular with the work of lecturers led by charismatic course leader Dr Roy Armstrong praised by their pioneering students.
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018
University zoologists fighting to save critically endangered Gambian monkey
Cumbrian ecologist takes leading role at U.S. animal behaviour conference
A University of Cumbria ecologist has just returned from a prestigious conference held in the U.S. Dr Davina Hill attended the International Society for Behavioral Ecology gathering held in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was invited to chair a session on animals’ social behaviour.
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2018
Cumbrian zoologist identifies a first for slow worm conservation
A zoology student from the University of Cumbria is using an ingenious technique to identify individual slow worms as part of her dissertation research into conserving this seldom seen lizard.
Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Sophie's trip of a lifetime brings new skills back to the classroom
Environmental work, community support and a 17 day trek through a rainforest has given a University of Cumbria zoology student Sophie Babbs memories that are sure to last a lifetime. The 21 year old originally from North Walsham, in Norfolk, but now living in Carlisle in Cumbria, received support from the Eleanor Peel Trust towards the 10 week volunteering trip to Malaysian Borneo with Raleigh International.
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018
Reintroducing endangered dragonfly to south Cumbria
In light of the WWF’s startling claim that over 60% of the world’s animal populations have been lost in little over four decades due to man-made factors, experts from the University of Cumbria are lending their genetic expertise to re-introduce an endangered dragonfly to a wildlife reserve in south Cumbria.
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
National Lottery helps save Cumbrian wildlife
Nearly £2million in National Lottery Heritage Fund grants have been awarded to the University of Cumbria and Cumbria Local Nature Partnership. The university's four-year BOOM project in south Cumbria aims to reintroduce 10 threatened native flora and fauna to Morecambe Bay and is one of two flagship schemes receiving support and aiming to save and protect species on a scale never seen before.
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Interactive panel tackles big landscape questions
World-famous mountaineer Simon Yates is leading an online interactive panel to explore big questions about some of the country’s best and most loved landscapes. A team of experts will be at the ready to answer crucial queries about our national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty in an evening designed to get to the heart of a raft of issues.
Posted on Monday, September 28, 2020
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Lifeline for Africa’s most threatened primates
Focusing world attention on the most threatened group of primates on the African subcontinent, University of Cumbria has spearheaded groundbreaking actions in The Gambia. With numbers down to as few as 2,500 globally, critically endangered Temminck’s Red Colobus (TRC) monkeys have been thrown a potential lifeline in an ambitious three-year community-based project.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Technology and motorbikes for virus protection in race to save monkeys
In the race to save one of Africa’s rarest primates, University of Cumbria has turned to technology - and motorbikes - as Gambian ranger teams defend themselves against Covid-19. With numbers down to as few as 2,500 globally, critically endangered Temminck’s Red Colobus (TRC) monkeys have become the focus of an ambitious three-year project, spearheaded by university researcher and vet, Dr Mic Mayhew.
Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Cumbria's key role in £10.5m programme exploring how trees can help UK reach ‘net zero’
Scientists from the University of Cumbria are part of a new £10.5 million UK programme that will explore how trees can help the UK reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Global gathering signals race against time
World leaders gathering for COP26 should be a catalyst for action, boosting ambitious goals to make Cumbria carbon neutral 13-years ahead of government targets. So says University of Cumbria’s Mike Siddall, a key adviser in the county’s drive for business sustainability and CO2 reduction,
Posted on Monday, October 18, 2021
Countryside celebrity in natural beauty spotlight
TV presenter Kate Humble is to lead a stellar line-up of speakers for a Lakes-based COP26 event on December 1 that will explore natural beauty in some of the country's most popular and fragile places. It will be hosted by the university's Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas and the People Land Art Culture Ecology (PLACE) Collective.
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2021
Prison in Queen’s major tree mission
Men at HMP Haverigg, Cumbria's only prison, are at forefront of The Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting mission. They are working with the University of Cumbria's Back on our Map lottery-funded BOOM project on helping to reintroduce threatened native species to areas around Morecambe Bay and south Cumbria.
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2021
University research records new love of nature during coronavirus lockdown
Nature has become more important to people since the start of the coronavirus lockdown and protecting it a higher priority, new University of Cumbria research has found. A total of 704 adults from across England, Scotland and Wales have taken part in 'Connection with nature in the UK during the COVID-19 lockdown', a study led by Tania Lemmey and carried out in association with the university’s research-led Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.
Posted on Friday, August 7, 2020
‘Northern stronghold’ for rare hazel dormice created in Lancashire
A ‘northern stronghold’ of rare hazel dormice is being created in Lancashire thanks to a partnership of nature and conservation organisations, including the University of Cumbria Back on our Map (BOOM) lottery-funded project.
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2022