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VIDEO: Rare duck needs new home

26th August 2014
The world's rarest bird is facing extinction unless it finds a new home, say conservationists

VIDEO: Aurora Australis filmed from space

26th August 2014
The European Space Agency releases time-lapse footage of the Aurora Australis, or southern lights, filmed from the International Space Station.

World's rarest bird needs new home

26th August 2014
The last remaining population of the world's rarest bird, the Madagascar pochard, needs a new wetland home if it is to thrive again, a study reveals.

'Antarctic audit' for marine life

24th August 2014
New Antarctic atlas catalogues 9,000-plus species

VIDEO: Gibraltar banishes troublesome monkeys

22nd August 2014
Gibraltar is planning to banish some of its Barbary macaque population which have become too cheeky or aggressive

Rare species found in marine study

22nd August 2014
Divers discover rare species of marine life such as stalked jellyfish and squat lobsters in a study of Somerset's Porlock Bay.

Stench of decay turns coral away

22nd August 2014
Baby coral and fish can smell the difference between good and bad reefs, say marine ecologists.

VIDEO: Female anaconda has 'virgin birth'

21st August 2014
The arrival of three baby anacondas at West Midland Safari Park is heralded as a 'miraculous virgin birth' by staff.

Fence to stem human-elephant conflict

21st August 2014
How can trees prevent human-elephant conflict?

Earliest evidence of snail-eating

21st August 2014
Palaeolithic humans in Spain began eating snails 10,000 years earlier than their Mediterranean neighbours, a study reveals.

Osprey pair nest at nature reserve

21st August 2014
A pair of rare ospreys nest at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists confirm.

Seals 'brought TB to the Americas'

21st August 2014
Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to the Americas before the Europeans arrived, a study suggests.

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.

Greenland ice sheet losses double

20th August 2014
A new assessment from Europe's CryoSat spacecraft shows Greenland to be losing about 375 cu km of ice each year.

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.

VIDEO: Africa's elephants in net decline

19th August 2014
A new study suggests the number of Africa's elephants has declined to a critical point.

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.