Climate change, mass extinction, seabird breeding failure: crucial research topics at three widely respected centres, all of which will be shut down to save just £1m a year. The closure of Monk's Wood in Cambridgeshire, Winfrith in Dorset and Banchory in Northeast Scotland, in a reorganisation of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, will cost no less than £45m! And with that loss of world-renown

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