Edge Hill’s Biology researchers bridge the gap between academic research and practical conservation

A stone wall separating two plains of grass in the countryside.

As experts in community ecology, researchers from Edge Hill’s Biology Department are informing and developing current conservation practice in nature reserves across England.

Making academic research accessible to conservation managers who are in a position to implement research findings in the form of practical conservation has always been a challenge.

To overcome this, Edge Hill has worked with Natural England to produce a document that translates evidence based research into practical conservation. The Managing Biodiversity in Upland Calcareous Grassland Landscapes document makes practical recommendations for the conservation management of spiders and beetles in the upland calcareous grassland eco systems of English nature reserves.

The publication is the first of its kind to make evidence based management recommendations in this field.

“Translating academic research into practical conservation is recognised as a major hurdle in the field. Working with Natural England to produce the document is a significant indicator of the quality of research conducted by the Department of Biology at Edge Hill University.”

Ashley Lyons
Postdoctoral Researcher