The Botany Department of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) is carrying out research and surveying the daisy trees of the Galapagos (4). Significant steps forward have been made in methods of eradicating or controlling goats and invasive introduced plant species (4). The CDRS has also proposed that monitoring is required, to keep track of endemic plant populations, allowing changes to be detected. Biological studies of the plants are also needed, so that the threats affecting the species can be identified and better understood (4). In some areas, remnants of Scalesia pedunculata woodland have been fenced to protect them from goat grazing. In these fenced areas, the researchers have found that bird density is higher in the fenced plots of woodland, proving that the fencing programme is beneficial not only for the plants, but also for the animals that depend on them (4).