02Nov/15

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Our landscapes need to be managed appropriately to ensure the sustainable delivery of benefits to society such as clean water, food production and flood protection. Currently we do not truly understand the linkages between biodiversity within landscapes and services flows. Without this knowledge we are managing our landscapes under great uncertainty.

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

** Upcoming Events

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CBESS will be at the Dundee Science Festival on Thurs 12 Nov at Menzieshill Community Centre,DD2 4BH from 13:00. You’ll have the chance to build a lego saltmarsh and understand the power of plant roots. #DSciFest

Registration is now open for three NERC Advanced Training Courses (http://www.mathstat.strath.ac.uk/outreach/cpd/index.php) on state-of-the art aspects of mathematical and statistical modelling running at the University of Strathclyde.

PhD Vacancy (http://www.marine-ecosystems.org.uk/News_events/Jobs/Modelling_the_impact_of_marine_reserves_and_wind-f)
Closing date: 16 November 2015
A a fully funded 3-year PhD project available to start immediately. The general subject area is spatial population dynamics modelling of size-structured marine benthic invertebrates with a passive drifting planktonic life-stage. The project is related to the MERP size-structured modelling activity, but independently funded.

** Welcome to
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** Science Meeting Special… All Aboard!!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt8ha7oy8gY&feature=youtu.be
Dominque Butt of NERC reflects on the Science Meeting and the challenges for BESS science when influencing policy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqH2CfysBWY&feature=youtu.be
Joe Morris from Cranfield talks about the value of BESS multidisciplinary research and the impact that project findings can have on stakeholders application of ecosystem services.

The BESS Directorate will be looking at all the presentations and discussions from the October meeting to synthesize where the programmes research is contributing to the science and policy debates. Look out for more news in the next newsletter.

** What was the story of the meeting?
For an overview of the meetings themes – and to see what issues were discussed click here… (https://storify.com/s_cinderby_SEI/ecosystem-services-science-into-policy)
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** Managing ecosystems for predictable outcomes may backfire, new study warns
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that managing ecosystems for predictable outcomes is risky and liable to result in ultimately unwanted outcomes. Co-author Carl Folke (http://stockholmresilience.org/21/contact/staff/1-15-2008-folke.html) explains: “Command-and-control management of ecosystems might make flows of ecosystem services predictable in the short term, but unpredictable and less resilient in the long term.”

To read more and request the publication click here… (http://stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-news/10-7-2015-dont-fence-me-in.html?utm_source=Stockholm+Resilience+Centre+newsletter&utm_campaign=aa8b6e8895-Newsletter_September_20148_26_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_216dc1ed23-aa8b6e8895-91800241)

** EU falling short on Biodeiversity and Ecosystem Services Targets
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A mid-term review of Europe’s progress towards its 2020 targets; makes for disheartening reading. Overall, biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU have continued since the EU 2010 biodiversity baseline, as confirmed by the 2015 European environment state and outlook report… (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/comm2006/pdf/mid_term_review_summary.pdf) http://biodiversity.europa.eu/policy/biodiversity-strategy-plan

** Upland Futures…?
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** has launched a new report providing contrasting visions for policy makers, land managers and society of how the UK’s uplands could develop over the next 30-40 years. Download here… (http://nerc-duress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Upland-Scenarios-Report-for-Email.pdf)
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Latest BESS research throws light on the resilience of ecosystem functions
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New publications from BESS-funded authors contribute to a better understanding of the extent to which ecosystem functions can resist or recover from environmental change. Read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/114-latest-bess-research-throws-more-light-on-the-resilience-of-ecosystem-functions)

** Urban BESS Annual Meadows Nominated for Luton Community Awards
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On Friday 23rd October 2015 the project reached the final 3 out of 15 nominees in the ‘Community business’ category.Helen Hoyle (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/landscape/2.7223/2.5725/hhoyle) from Sheffield accepted the award on behalf of the team. To read more click here… (https://nercbess.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/urban-bess-annual-meadows-nominated-for-luton-community-awards/)
With research coming to an end in 2015 they are holding an event to share the outputs of the project and their value to policy and practice. Book here (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/duress-ecosystem-services-project-lessons-learned-tickets-19182427156?ref=ebtnebregn) to join them on December 1st in Cardiff Bay.

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** Next Issue
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Winter will be with us and whilst wrapped up and sipping mulled wine BESS will present synthesized findings from the Science Meeting…

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30Jul/15

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Our landscapes need to be managed appropriately to ensure the sustainable delivery of benefits to society such as clean water, food production and flood protection. Currently we do not truly understand the linkages between biodiversity within landscapes and services flows. Without this knowledge we are managing our landscapes under great uncertainty.

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

** Upcoming Events

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CBESS is organising a BESS funded workshop (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/07/01/cbess-statistical-approaches-to-the-biodiversity-function-service-chain/#more-2264) ‘Form to function: statistical approaches to the Biodiversity-Function-Service Chain‘. 24-25 September, York.

Dr Martin Skov is giving a keynote presentation at Wetland Futures 2015 (http://www.wwt.org.uk/conservation/saving-wetlands-and-wildlife/wetland-futures/wetland-futures-2015/) ; bridging the conservation gap between freshwater, saltwater and transitional wetlands. 14-15 October 2015, Birmingham.

** Welcome to
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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Ecosystem resilience concepts… what do they offer BESS research? This was one of the issues addressed at a workshop in June – read the meeting findings and outcomes here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/220-report-bess-resilience-workshop-2015)
The workshop findings have links to a recent paper (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169534714002456) from ‘Trends in Evolution Ecology’ (http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/home) that highlighted fifteen distinct biodiversity trends and summarized critical key knowledge gaps.

** Artists Interpretations of BESS Science
CBESS researchers have been collaborating with artists to explore alternative ways of communicating BESS findings. Iris Möller (http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/salt-marsh-plants-key-to-reducing-coastal-erosion-and-flooding) (Cambridge Coastal Research Unit) talked about ‘living on the edge’ alongside artist Sue Rapley (http://www.suerapley.co.uk/blog/pint-of-science-creative-reactions-2015.html) . Meanwhile Lydia Bach (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-students/lydia-bach/) has been working with artists (http://the-paper-makers.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page.html) to explore the links between her work on coastal ecology and communicating climate change stories.
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** PhD Update
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University of York PhD student Sian de Bell has been describing her ongoing work
riverine ecological restoration (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/76-assessing-the-multiple-benefits-of-river-restoration) .

** BESS research highlighting the importance of invertebrates
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and researchers have been investigating the role of invertebrates on pollination and pest control for their two target landscapes; multi-functional lowlands (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/node/28) and urban areas (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/one-small-millipede-for-milton-keynes/) . This has included looking at the impact changing planting has on winter survival rates (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/where-do-the-bugs-go-in-winter/) of these mini-beasts.

** Volunteers Needed!!
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The BESS Committee are looking for volunteers! Are you interested in outreach, communications or event planning?If so visit the NRG BESS website for more details (http://www.nrgbess.net/nrg-bess-committee-are-looking-for-volunteers/) .

** Ongoing Salt March Sampling
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researchers are
continuing to sample salt marshes (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/07/24/bangor-university-inter-project-fieldwork/) . Importantly they are also transferring their field research skills to a new cohort of PhD students to ensure a BESS skills legacy.

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** Next Issue
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Autumn will be with us one more and BESS will concentrate on synthesizing key findings… Stay Connected to get all the latest news.

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01May/15

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Our landscapes need to be managed appropriately to ensure the sustainable delivery of benefits to society such as clean water, food production and flood protection. Currently we do not truly understand the linkages between biodiversity within landscapes and services flows. Without this knowledge we are managing our landscapes under great uncertainty.

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

** Upcoming Events
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Are ecosystem services academic? 7-8th July, 2015 at the University of Southampton.
This two-day conference (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/are-ecosystem-services-academic-tickets-16215794879) aims to offer a dialogue between academic ecologists, economists and end-users of ecosystem service assessments.

BESS Workshop on Resilience 18-19 June 2015 at Charles Darwin House, London
2 day workshop (http://www.nerc-bess.net/documents/Resilience_BESS_workshop.pdf) will explore ways of rigorously defining and measuring resilience in systems and establish to produce collaborative publications in this area. The workshop is open to individuals working on a BESS project.

Stormy geomorphology: geomorphic contributions in an age of extremes – an international scientific meeting Monday 11 May 2015 (9.00am-5.30pm) at RGS, London
Global state-of-the-art understanding of geomorphic contributions to extreme events will be presented as a one-day conference (http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Advocacy+and+Policy/Environment+and+Society+Forum/Stormy+geomorphology) .

** Welcome to BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrAReYh9328&feature=youtu.be
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Dr Alison Dyke (http://www.york.ac.uk/sei/staff/alison-dyke/) from the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) (http://www.opalexplorenature.org/aboutopal) programme talks about how to utilise citizen science approaches to investigate bio-security.

** Inspiring, informing and educating!
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BESS researchers have been getting their research to new audiences through a variety of national and international events.

Hundreds of children and their families enjoyed learning about the benefits we get from nature during the BESS ‘love your saltmarsh’ and ‘be a bee’ activities as part of British Science Week, read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/211-impact-bess-buzzing-and-making-waves-at-british-science-week)

delivered their second NERC funded training course (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/02/27/besa-2015-post-graduate-training-in-morecambe-bay/) on biodiversity and ecosystem assessment in the coastal margin. They have also been talking all things mudflats at science festivals in Bangor (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/03/16/bangor-university-hidden-worlds/) and St. Andrews (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2015/03/09/university-of-st-andrews-science-discovery-day-2015-2/) and with the BBC’s Science Cafe (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00848zw) .

organised a session at the ASLO Aquatic Sciences (http://sgmeet.com/aslo/granada2015/) conference in Granada on “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Freshwater Ecosystems, a south north perspective” (http://nerc-duress.org/news)

** New insights on food webs…
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have been investigating the diversity of food webs in streams crossing different intensities of land use. Their methods and initial findings are described here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/29-investigating-freshwater-food-webs)
have been undertaking comparable research – but for mudflats. Read how food dynamics in these landscapes change across seasons here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/13-changing-mudflat-foodwebs)

** BESS research providing evidence on the ecosystem approach
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Natural England have recently published nine evidence summaries about the ‘Natural Environment’ naming BESS research as a key source for evidence. You can find out more on the summaries here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/207-bess-research-contributing-to-evidence-about-the-ecosystem-approach)

Elsewhere have been participating in a series of four workshops to develop a methodology for producing robust indicators of the resilience of ecosystem functions to address decision making needs. Find out more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/18-developing-indicators-of-resilience-for-ecosystem-functions-provided-by-species)

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Does Open Source software offer ecosystem service scientists new opportunities?
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Innovative new software packages developed using open source are enabling cheaper ways of analyzing scientific datasets. In a recent blog a PhD student reflects on how this access to software is changing how they undertake their research…. (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/managment/phd-blogs/anecdotes/)

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** It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it (in 140 characters or less)
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The directorate has put together a set of useful hints and tips (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/37-bess-twitter-tips) from the BESS engagement advisors and BESS researchers on how to get the most from twitter.

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Have you put natural capital at the heart of decision making…?
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Organisers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital (http://www.naturalcapitalforum.com/) , which will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on
23–24 November 2015, have issued a call for case studies (http://www.naturalcapitalforum.com/blog/blog/258/Call-for-ground-breaking-case-studies) that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit the bottom line, as well as the natural environment.

** Nexus thinking…
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How can we bring together our Ecosystem Service approaches to the major challenges of ensuring sustainable food, water and energy supplies and a healthy environment? The Nexus Network (http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/) has published the first thinkpieces (http://www.thenexusnetwork.org/thinkpieces-published/) from their commissioned series that aims to consider these problems from a fresh perspective.

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** Next Issue
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Summer will start to see the major outputs from BESS research emerging… stay Connected to get all the latest news.

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30Jan/15

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Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

** Welcome to BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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Zoe Austin (BESS Directorate member) talks about new developments of the Ecosystem Mapping Gateway (http://www.nerc-bess.net/ne-ess/)

** UK landscapes under pressure…
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A new report from the Natural Capital Committee (https://www.naturalcapitalcommittee.org/home.html) highlights the decline of England’s natural capital – the elements of nature providing services such as food, clean water and recreation that we rely on. Read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/200-report-from-natural-capital-committee-protecting-and-improving-natural-capital-for-prosperity-and-wellbeing)

BESS Consortia are providing valuable insight into the connections between biodiversity and the services different landscapes provide to help halt this decline. For example, working in urban areas have been investigating the well-being and wildlife benefits green-spaces can bring.
They have been asking residents their preferences for different habitats (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/aesthetics-biodiversity-and-clipboards/) including experimental meadow plots. By collecting data on insect numbers and species (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/do-you-like-what-insects-like/) from these same green-spaces the researchers can compare peoples preferences for planting to those of insects to see whether they match up. Alongside the questionnaire responses and surveys the team have also been actively measuring the environment (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/is-it-the-bbc-no-its-the-backpack/) using backpack mounted sensors to evaluate the experience of different types of urban spaces.

This combination of approaches and the rich understanding it provides is the kind of data the Committee says we need to improve our future natural capital management (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/200-report-from-natural-capital-committee-protecting-and-improving-natural-capital-for-prosperity-and-wellbeing) .

** New hi-tech mapping approaches providing valuable new information
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BESS consortia have been experimenting with new high resolution laser surveying approaches to get a better understanding of landscapes structure and functioning.
http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/ have been using a laser scanner (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/lasers-in-the-garden-and-in-the-air/) in the back gardens of Luton to accurately (and non-destructively) measure the vegetation canopy. Meanwhile have been using similar technology on salt marshes (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/news/progress-report/bangor-3d-scan-of-a-saltmarsh/) producing detailed information of the terrain as shown in this video…
http://youtu.be/Q_wHRNc9XKY
These experimental approaches are allowing the teams to understand how these landscapes function and could be used to provide high resolution environmental monitoring.

** From data to understanding?
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The BESS researchers have been collecting large amounts of new information on ecosystems, biodiversity and the services they provide over the past two years. But how can all this data be combined to improve our understanding at the landscape scale decision makers often work at? This was the challenge tackled at their annual science meeting. Read more here… (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/news/progress-report/cbess-annual-science-meeting-2015/)

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Does enhancing biodiversity increase carbon storage?
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have been investigating this question on the Salisbury Plains grasslands using experimental plots treated to encourage different levels of biodiversity. This season the team will also be experimenting with changing the climatic conditions to mimic IPCC (http://www.ipcc.ch/) scenarios of our future rainfall patterns. Click here (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/node/25) to read their findings on whether biodiversity richness influences carbon storage.

** New evidence on the ecosystem service trade-offs for development?
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An interesting new paper (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-014-0748-z) led by Md Sarwar Hossain (http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Md_Sarwar_Hossain/publications) published in Regional Environmental Change (http://link.springer.com/journal/10113) uses time series data from Bangladesh to investigate the interaction of development, ecosystem services and human well-being.

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It’s not what you say but how you say it…
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How can we communicate concepts like biodiversity and ecosystem services to different audiences?
A new report (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/195-new-report-it-s-not-what-you-say-but-how-you-say-it) from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (http://www.cieem.net/) provides some interesting insights for researchers.

** Don’t forget the insects!
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BESS is all about crossing decision making scales so whilst some researchers consider landscapes other consortium members have been zooming in to better understand the role of insects in different habitats. have been looking at the interactions of salt marsh salinity and vegetation on beetle and spider populations (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/news/progress-report/bangor-beetles-and-spiders/) . Meanwhile have been investigating urban insects to better understand their function in our cities greens-spaces (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/the-three-ps-tillids-sillids-and-sockids/) . This work links to new findings on the rapid expansion of tree bumblebees range in UK conurbations (recently published in PLoS One (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0107568#pone-0107568-g003) ) as they exploit untapped foraging sites and the role that landscape management could have on supporting pollinator populations.

** Plan for the future
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The BESS network of early career researchers have been busy planning the future of the group and appointing new officers. Read the latest news on the appointments and updates of NRG activities here… (http://www.nrgbess.net/news/)

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** Next Issue
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Spring will be in the air and we will bring you news of the latest BESS field campaigns…

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