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10 November 2016

PhD opportunity at York University looking at wood ant genetics. Supervisors: Dr Elva Robinson, Dr Joan Cottrell, Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra and Dr Kevin Watt.  

26 October 2016

Great PhD opportunity at York University looking at wood ants and range expansion. Supervisors: Dr Elva Robinson, Dr Katy Parr, Dr Kevin Watts and Prof. Justin Travis.  

30 September 2016

New surveys of Formicoxenus nitidulus in the Cairngorms will help reveal important information about this species' status, distribution and habitat preferences (photo: Nick Littlewood).

27 September 2016

Anecdotal evidence suggests wood ants (Formica rufa) are declining in the south of the UK. If you regulalry walk in woodlands and have noticed any changes, we would love to hear from you. Find out how to contact us under the 'Recording' link on the main menu.

16 September 2016

A recent study published in the Journal of Insect Conservation has shown drastic declines of wood ants in the Netherlands linked to agricultural practices. Farmers are urged to leave buffer strips between fields and woodlands. 

14 September 2016

Still time to participate in Buglife's quest to find Scotland's largest wood ant nest. Entry is open until 31 October.

1Image result for cedric collingwood2 September 2016

We are sad to report the death of Cedric Collingwood, renowned ant expert and entomologist. Cedric's work on the taxonomy and distribution of ants spanned more than sixty years and ranged from the Scottish Highlands to the Himalayas. 

29 August 2016

A colony of Formica polyctena has defied the odds by surviving deep underground in a former nuclear bunker. Wood ants can often adapt to live in sub-optimal conditions but this nest location seems truly unique. Details of the colony, believed to contain up to one million ants, have been published by Czechowski and colleagues in the Journal of Hymenoptera Research.  

7 July 2016

A new book covering all known species of wood ant will be available from 7 July. Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation by Jenni Stockan and Elva Robinson will be an indispensible resource for wood ant researchers, entomologist, conservationists and ecological consultants, as well as anyone interested in social insects, keystone species and the management and conservation of forest ecosystems.