Welcome to this bumper Summer edition of the newsletter, which provides updates on the upcoming Manchester Conference, and the fantastic opportunity for PhD students to attend an interactive course focused on changing landscapes within Europe, which will take place before and after the conference.

This edition highlights that a landscape-scale approach to research and conservation is just as important as ever, as emphasised in the State of Nature Report 2013 which revealed that 60% of UK species are in decline.

But it’s not all bad news, the Olympic games held last year have been hailed as the most sustainable ever! Natural England reports how Green Infrastructure played a major role in achieving this Olympic legacy.

Hope you enjoy this edition of the newsletter, enjoy the summer, and if you are planning on lots of fieldwork, keep safe - read our article on ticks and lyme disease.