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Spiders 'do better' in cities

20th August 2014
Female orb-weaving spiders grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, a new study shows.

Tree-hugging snakes put safety first

20th August 2014
For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary.

Drugs-bust primate given UK asylum

19th August 2014
A primate confiscated during a drugs raid by police in the Maldives is flown 5,000 miles to the UK to start a new life.

Fish filmed spitting 'fireworks'

19th August 2014
Filmmakers capture spectacular defensive lightshow

Crocodile kills Australia fisherman

19th August 2014
A man is killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he fished with his wife in northern Australia - the fourth fatal attack this year.

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus

18th August 2014
Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material.

Rare birds attempt to nest in UK

18th August 2014
Two rare birds usually found in the Mediterranean region are spotted building a nest at a nature reserve in Lincolnshire.

Elephant deaths reach tipping point

18th August 2014
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point, where more are being killed each year by poachers than are being born, a study suggests.

VIDEO: Nature's light display

18th August 2014
One of nature's most dazzling underwater displays, bioluminescence, is captured as a form of self-defence by a film crew in Puerto Rico.

River turtle mothers 'talk' to young

18th August 2014
Amazon river turtles communicate with their hatchlings and with one another using vocalisations, recordings reveal.

In pictures: Top trunks

15th August 2014
Nominate England's "Tree of the Year"

Fish poachers targeted in crackdown

14th August 2014
A crackdown on fish poaching across Wales has seen 139 people prosecuted in the first four months of the year, says Natural Resources Wales.

Pesticide ban call to save bees

14th August 2014
MSPs call on ministers to ban certain pesticides in a Holyrood debate on the plight of bees.

VIDEO: Extinct mammoth 'walks on beach'

13th August 2014
A "mammoth" that last walked on the Norfolk coast more than 700,000 years ago returns to the beach.

Giant Amazon fish 'locally extinct'

13th August 2014
A 10 foot long fish which used to dominate the Amazon river has been fished to extinction in a number of areas, a new study shows.

'Mammoth' returns to 'walk' on coast

13th August 2014
A replica mammoth is walked along a beach in Norfolk retracing the steps of its extinct ancestors that roamed the area more than 700,000 years ago.

Africa's only polar bear passes away

13th August 2014
The only polar bear in Africa has died from heart and liver failure at Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa at the age of 30.

Rare turtle hatches at British zoo

13th August 2014
One of the world's rarest turtles hatches at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Great Barrier Reef outlook 'poor'

13th August 2014
The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.

GM flies 'could save crops'

13th August 2014
A type of genetically engineered fly which eventually kills itself off can be an effective method of pest control, according to new research.