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Cecil the lion

There has been enormous media coverage surrounding the hunting, possibly illegally, of a large male lion close to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The lions in Hwange are being studied by the Department of Zoology’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The lion that was killed carried a radiotracking collar fitted by one of our research teams.

Congratulations to Kathy Willis

Who has been awarded the 2015 Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society for her excellent work in science communication

Dual foraging strategy in an ocean-wandering seabird

Using state-of-the-art bio-logging technologies, Oxford zoologists show how a pelagic seabird, the Manx shearwater, balances parental demands of feeding young with the need to maintain body condition, by using a dual strategy of alternating short (chick provisioning) and long (self maintenance) foraging trips to different areas of the Irish Sea."

http://jeb.biologists.org/content/218/13/2116.full.pdf+html

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Space matters: Great tits match breeding time to phenology of oaks in their immediate environment, ensuring food supply for their nestlings

A paper published in the American Naturalist by Amy Hinks, Ella Cole, Ben Sheldon and colleagues uses a 45-year dataset to show that measures of vegetation phenology at very local scales are the most important predictors of within-year variation in timing of breeding in great tits, suggesting that birds can fine-tune their phenology to that of other trophic levels.