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1. The incredible comeback of Britain’s Barn Owls

” The story of the barn owl is an inspiring case of how small groups of dedicated conservationists and communities, with a little ingenuity and effort, can have extraordinarily positive effects on one species. “

2. Celtic rainforest restoration work surpasses Scottish national target, giving hope for nature recovery

” Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) has deployed a raft of measures to boost ranforests, including removal of invasive rhododendrons, restoring plantations on ancient woodland sites and shooting deer to reduce damage to young trees and ground vegetation.”

3. Adder girl! Tunnels aim to encourage British snakes to mix and breed

” The tunnels opened for snakes this spring after radio-tagging studies showed two adder populations on the commons were not mixing because of the road. The populations need to meet each other to breed and boost their genetic diversity. “

4. A forest restoration project brings birdsong back to Angola’s highest mountain

” Since 2010, a conservation project has sought to regrow some of the forest patches and to protect them from wildfires. The work is promoting bird conservation, but also benefiting the local human community by ensuring a reliable flow of freshwater out of the forest. “

5.  Directed conservation of the world’s reef sharks and rays is working

” We show that conservation benefits were primarily for reef-associated sharks, which were twice as abundant in fully protected areas compared with areas open to fishing. “

6. African Parks, a conservation organisation, has released the first of 2,000 white rhinos into the wild

” Nine months later, the first group of 40 rhinos are finally heading out into the savannah of the Munywana Conservancy in Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in support of the conservancy’s successful conservation and community efforts. “

7. Transforming Assam’s brick industry from red to green

” Brick-making businesses in Assam are exploring ‘green’ bricks which they find have economic and environmental benefits. “

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