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With the help of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, Arkive are creating an awe-inspiring record of life on Earth.

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Interesting research into monitoring water pollution using robotic fish, from the BBC website.

“The cost of water pollution in the UK runs into millions of pounds each year, and it can cause untold damage to the environment.

But now scientists have come up with an unusual solution to the problem and it comes in the shape of a robotic fish.

Dr Luke Speller from the Shoal Consortium explains how it works.”

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Environmental and Waste Management

Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations Draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

Energy efficiency and microgeneration in the built environment, SKILLS research for Scotland

Conserve and Save: The Energy Efficiency Plan for Scotland: Annual Report 2010-11

Flood Risk Management in England [PDF file] 

Biology

Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Volume 2 Number 12: Determination and Environmental Assessment of Hydrocarbons in Water, Fish and Sediment Following an Oil Spill at the Gannet Oil Field

Statistical Publication: Agriculture Series: First Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2011 (more…)

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

Scottish Health Survey 2010 – Volume 1: Main report

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project – Final Report

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2011

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2009

Developing High Nature Value Farming and Forestry Indicators for the Scotland Rural Development Programme

Scottish Sea Fisheries Statistics 2010

Sea Trout Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Salmon Fishery Statistics – 2010 Season

Putting Learners at the Centre – Delivering our Ambitions for Post-16 Education

Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation regarding African Horse Sickness (Scotland) Order 2012

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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These publications from the Westminster and Holyrood governments may be of interest to scientists:

An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland – Research Findings

“This report presents the findings from an evaluation of football banning order (FBO) legislation in Scotland. Football Banning Orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from attending matches and/or otherwise engaging in violence or disorder linked to football.  … From the introduction of banning orders in late 2006 up to the end of November 2010, a total of 101 FBOs have been issued.”

Pesticide poisoning of animals in 2010 investigations of suspected incidents in Scotland

“The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) … investigates suspected poisoning of wildlife, beneficial insects, companion animals and livestock if there is evidence to indicate that pesticides or biocides may be involved.”

Scottish Shellfish Farm Production Survey 2010

A report on the effectiveness of cage-level and farm level fallowing for the control of diseases (BKD and sleeping disease) on large cage-based trout farms in Scotland

Progress Report: The Scottish Government’s Response to the Foot and Mouth Disease Review (Scotland) 2007

 

Annual Reports

Veterinary Laboratories Agency annual report and accounts 2010-2011 [PDF file]

Drinking Water Quality in Scotland 2010 Annual Report by the Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland

 

Scottish Government Consultations

Consultation on Fisheries Management in Luce Bay Special Area of Conservation

 

You can find lots more useful government publications on the UWS Government Publications blog.

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FishBase is a large database of information about fish.  It includes descriptions of 31,600 fish species, 279,100 common names in hundreds of languages, and 49,300 pictures.  The database also includes a glossary of fish-related terminology.  All content in FishBase is based on previously published material and cannot be edited by the general public, so it is a reliable source of scientific information.  A self-guided course on ichthyology is also available from FishBase.

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The Westminster and Holyrood Governments have recently published a number of reports that may contain useful information for scientists. These include:  

Biological Sciences/Environmental Sciences  

Pesticide Poisoning of Animals in 2009 – A Report of Investigations in Scotland  

Report about the work of The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme, which investigates “suspected poisoning of wildlife, beneficial insects, companion animals and livestock if there is evidence to indicate that pesticides or biocides may be involved”.  

Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2010  

Wide variety of statistics about the environment in Scotland.  Includes energy generation by source (2000-2008), annual mean temperature (1910-2009), waste recycling (2000-2009), status of wild bird populations (1975-2009), etc.  An excellent resource for environmental research.  

Rural Scotland Key Facts 2010  

“Statstics on key policy topics such as People and Communities, Services and Lifestyle, Economy and Enterprise broken down by Remote Rural, Accessible Rural and Rest of Scotland.”  

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