BiOME Nature Reserve Management

We are approaching the best time of year to visit #Estonia. Bird migration will soon been in full swing with tens of thousands of Cranes, wildfowl arriving and huge movements of passerines. Mammals also become easier to see as the vegetation cover reduces and this years young swell the population.

In preparation for this time of year we recently completed a week of maintenance work at our reserve, located near Matsalu Bay in the west of the country. If you are heading to Estonia, why not spend a night or two in our hide which provides complete seclusion in the wilds of Estonia, sleeping four, and offers the chance to see a wide array of mammals and birds in comfort. 

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Trends, management, and the potential solutions to biodiversity loss

Managing ecosystems is of extreme importance for the sake of humanity's survival. It is estimated that the world's population will increase by 12 billion by the end of the century, and the skyrocketing per capita consumption of resources has led to the argument that we have indeed entered the era of the Anthropocene. Over the past few years, species have become extinct, and human activities still continue to drive biodiversity losses as well as alter the formation of ecosystems all over the world.

It is because of the rapid changes in biodiversity that a call for managing it better was made. Managing ecosystems means providing solutions that can bring about tremendous economic rewards.

One of the most recent solutions that scientists have come up with to provide food for both humans and animals was to grow several types of rice in the Yunnan Province of China. The solution was a success, which not only increased the yield of harvested rice per year but also the crops' resistance to fungal pathogens. The solution, which should provide long-term yields, is thanks to an array of ecosystem services, which are believed to be valued around $50 trillion per year.

The costs for ecosystem services may be huge but it is of extreme importance. According to experts, the funding for such services is partly down to the millennials' outlook toward ethical investing. According to financial website FXCM, many millennials have been credited with having an entrepreneurial spirit, and this feature can be a blessing in the sense that it helps spur competition and innovation. The ethical investment market, while consisting of only a small number of participants in the global market, is rapidly rising with strong interest from not only investors but consumers working in ethical companies as well. People are becoming more aware of business practices and their impacts on society, which has led to a demand for more responsible processes.

Experts foresee that the future of ecology has great risks involved but it is still not too late to change the dynamics. Thanks to the actions of investors, consumers, and ecosystem services, bad practices and negative changes to biodiversity are getting reversed. Re-wildling, for example, was such a major challenge for conversation since it involves the introduction of locally extinct species although with careful assessment and consideration it can be done. However, where a species has become globally extinct, one of the best answers scientists have come up with in terms of the preservation of biodiversity was introducing equivalent species.

Our ability to fight the negative impact of human actions upon biodiversity isn't as weak as the general public thinks. It will take better control on resource exploitation, strict conservation of ecosystems especially ones that are already endangered, and widening the resources that we invest in the management of nature.

Eurasian Lynx filmed from our BiOME Nature wildlife hide in Estonia

Our wildlife viewing hide in western Estonia ( continues to go from strength to strength with clients from across Europe enjoying a wealth of fantastic wildlife from the comfort of our specifically built wooden hide. One recent client was lucky enough to grab a video of an adult female Eurasian Lynx. He has been good enough to let us use the video (click on the link) that was filmed in a woodland area south from the hide. In recent months our camera-traps have also produced a number of images of Eurasian Lynx confirming their ongoing presence on our nature reserve; right now represents an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to see this most charismatic of species. We’ll be sharing further videos and images over the coming weeks.

Supporting conservation efforts through consultancy

As ecological consultants, we use the information gathered by scientists, conservationists, researchers and even citizen scientists to provide clients with the most up-to-date and scientifically robust advice possible on how best to minimise their impacts, and conserve species and the environment. We occasionally even have the opportunity to engage in research in order to address questions that come up as part of a development proposal. But, within BiOME we fell there is always more we can do to support conservation efforts? Most consultancies have little or no structured approach to this. The bottom line is almost always money; supporting conservation, whether with financial donations or investing consultants time, comes as an afterthought (if at all).

When we established BiOME we were keen to buck this trend and we have prioritised research and supporting conservation efforts with our profits and by disseminating our expertise. We have pushed to better understand our environment, from using camera traps for monitoring, to designing new survey methodologies. We have bought land in Estonia which we manage as a nature reserve and we have teamed up with Association Nature Initiative in Dakhla, Atlantic Sahara to help assess the biodiversity of the desert. This year we are also taking part in the Champions of the Flyway race.

The Champions of the Flyway (#COTF17) is an annual bird race held in Israel. It sees teams from all around the world coming together to compete in a bid to see as many birds possible in a single day in southern Israel. In the process the teams raise valuable funds to support the conservation of migrant birds, as well as raising awareness of the many issues, especially illegal trapping and hunting, that kills tens of millions of birds every year in the Mediterranean. This year the race will be supporting Dorga Dernegi, the Turkish Birdlife partner. If as an individual you can spare a few pounds, or as a company you’d like to support us then please consider donating to this incredibly worthy cause. Check out our team page.

Additionally we will also be hosting an online auction through the BiOME Facebook page where you will have the opportunity to get your hands on some quality bird and wildlife related items from signed books, to weekends away and everything in between. Watch our blog and Facebook page for more details over the coming weeks.