‘A great silence is spreading over the natural world’

English: Callyspongia sp. (Tube sponge) attrac...

English: Callyspongia sp. (Tube sponge) attracting cardinal fishes, golden sweepers and wrasses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When musician and naturalist Bernie Krause drops his microphones into the pristine coral reef waters of Fiji, he picks up a raucous mix of sighs, beats, glissandos, cries, groans, tones, grunts, beats and clicks.

The water pulsates with the sound of creatures vying for acoustic bandwidth. He hears crustaceans, parrot fish, anemones, wrasses, sharks, shrimps, puffers and surgeonfish. Some gnash their teeth, others use their bladders or tails to make sound. Sea anemones grunt and belch. Every creature on the reef makes its own sound.

But half a mile away, where the same reef is badly damaged, he can only pick up the sound of waves and a few snapping shrimp. It is, he says, the desolate sound of extinction.

To read the full article – click here http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/03/bernie-krause-natural-world-recordings

Edited by Henricus Peters, NAEE Co-Chair and Learn From Nature

Conservation surveys : Living with mammals

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*** Mammals of UK factsheet coming soon…

“Guessing is no good” says Dr. Pat Morris, former lecturer in zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London, who has worked closely with the Trust, “successful conservation measures mean careful research too. We also need to monitor populations, keeping an eye on numbers, so we have clear warning when something goes wrong.”

Living with Mammals starts 2nd April

One of the most valuable ways you can support us is by taking part in the surveys that contribute to our knowledge of the wildlife and habitats under threat.

Only by collecting data about numbers and distribution of species, and about the habitats that support them, can we identify those that need action and assess the success or failure of conservation efforts. It is also a great way of doing something to help local conservation in your area.

Taking part need not mean a big commitment – even just a few minutes a week can be a help. Our various surveys are listed in the side menu – please take a look and see how you can help.

For further information, click here