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Largest ever study reveals globally protected areas benefit broad range of species

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Swansea University scientists have been involved in a collaborative study which reveals for the first time that the world’s protected areas do benefit a broad range of species

The study, published in Nature Communications, led by the University of Sussex working together with the Natural History Museum, the UNEP - World Conservation Monitoring Centre and Swansea University, is the largest ever analysis of globally protected areas.

By analysing biodiversity samples taken from 1,939 sites inside and 4,592 sites outside 359 protected areas, scientists have discovered the protected area samples contain 15 percent more individuals and 11 percent more species compared to samples from unprotected sites.

Protected areas are considered a quintessential measure for biodiversity conservation and many nations have committed to increase them to cover at least 17% of the terrestrial area (‘Aichi biodiversity targets’ of the Convention on Biological Diversity). It was hence timely to carry out a comprehensive global evaluation of the effectiveness of protected areas.

– Associate Professor Luca Börger , Swansea University


Cardiff Council tackles city centre scavenging seagulls

Rubbish in Caroline Street. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Cardiff Council is to deploy an extra cleaning team to tackle the rubbish scattered by scavenging seagulls.

It's the breeding season for the birds and they search for food in the city centre ripping open bags.

The council says the birds are very intelligent and are a protected species under UK Law. Now a team will work after the normal day shift and extra hours at weekends.

New storage bins will also be introduced.

Mum leaves tribute to four year old son who died in fire

Jac's mum, Jenny Davies, leaves tribute to her son. Credit: ITV News

A mother whose four year old son was killed in a house fire this morning has left a moving tribute to her son.

The boy has been name locally as Jac Davies.

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Jac's mother, who has also been named locally as Jenny Davies, 28, has been taken to Morriston Hospital with her three other children, aged six, three and 11 months.

My handsome big blue eyed boy, you're my life, my world, my everything, and I will never forget your beautiful blond curls.

Go ride your train up to heaven and wait for me, save a bit of that light for me, and we will see each other again one day I promise.

Love you baby boy.

– Jenny Davies
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