Reposted from BES: "Cover image: This month’s cover image shows a great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) detected by the specially trained nose of a wildlife detection dog. The nose belongs to Border Collie “Zammy”, one of four wildlife detection dogs owned by the authors of the review article by Grimm‐Seyfarth et al. on detection dogs in nature conservation.
Zammy is trained to detect newts in their terrestrial habitat, helping the scientists to collect entirely new data about microhabitat conditions with the overall goal to better protect endangered amphibian species. To get an idea about the worldwide deployment of wildlife detection dogs, their target species, the breeds used and their performance compared to other methods, Grimm‐Seyfarth et al. collected and analysed 1220 publications from 1930 onwards. This first comprehensive review about historic and current use of wildlife detection dogs is accompanied by a database and analyses differences in the dogs’ performance."