Wondering what went right this week in the conservation world? We’ve got you covered with our Conservation Optimism Round-Up! We are collating stories of optimism from around the globe so that you never miss your dose of weekly motivation.

1. Tasmanian devil joeys mark success for breeding program on mainland Australia

” The birth of nine new Tasmanian devil joeys in regional New South Wales has spread excitement among conservation groups, who have been working hard to build the endangered species population on mainland Australia. “

2. This National Meadows Day the UK Charity Plantlife is leading on restoring wildflower meadows in the UK

” Plantlife has created or restored almost 16,000 acres of wildflower meadows in the UK, and aims to restore over 120,000 hectares of species-rich grassland by 2043″

3. ‘Beenome’ project aims to boost bee conservation with genetic mapping

” Scientists have announced a plan to map the genomes of at least 100 bee species, representing each of the major bee taxonomic groups in the U.S., to help them determine which bees are more vulnerable to climate change and pesticides. ”

4. Europe’s largest vulture returns to Bulgaria’s wild Rhodope Mountains

” Cinereous vultures – Europe’s largest and heaviest raptor – have been brought back to Southern Bulgaria, with 17 birds from Spain having been transported all the way to the rewilding landscape of the Rhodope Mountains.”

5. Big cats, big cities: how Los Angeles and Mumbai live cheek by jowl with feline locals

” The two megacities are the only ones in the world where large carnivores thrive as the urban areas have encroached on natural habitats “

6. Seaweed Offers Solutions for Humans, Habitats, and Hair in Belize

” Discover how seaweed is bringing a Belizean community together to explore its potential, from sustaining their local environment and economy to helping them take care of their hair! 

7. Hidden underwater world: huge seagrass bed discovered in Cornwall could help tackle climate change

” Using cutting-edge surveying techniques scientists from Ecospan discovered a new seagrass bed in Mounts Bay covering the equivalent of nearly 300 rugby pitches and spanning 5km, all hidden beneath the water.  The bed is larger than all known seagrass beds in Cornwall combined and equates to 3.4 per cent of known seagrass areas nationally, representing one of the largest beds ever found in the country.  “

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