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OPAL supports new WI initiative to preserve urban trees in Wales

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes Wales has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to engage its members in preserving, protecting and planting urban trees, with the help of the OPAL Tree Health Survey. Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to engage WI members in becoming champions of trees in their local communities. Over the next two years, WI members will assess the state of urban trees, promote active management, act as the eyes and ears for public bodies and take action to safeguard this incredibly valuable natural heritage.

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UK to host 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

On 30th October, ministers officially launched the London 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, with less than a year to go before the global conference begins. Foreign Office, Defra and DFID ministers brought together NGOs, academics and key countries affected by the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) to call on them to work with the UK to help stamp out this crime. It is now the fourth most lucrative transnational crime in the world after drugs, weapons and human trafficking.

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Evidence that woody debris in rivers restores biodiversity

Large woody debris ‘rewilding’ rapidly restores biodiversity in riverine food webs. A new study reported in the Journal of Applied Ecology article by Murray Thompson et al 16 Sep 2017 found that the work contributes significant new evidence demonstrating that large woody debris rewilding can help to restore human-impacted river ecosystems, primarily through altering the abundance and biomass of consumers and resources in the food web.

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