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National Tree Week celebrates 40 years
Fruit bats harbour more deadly viruses than was previously thought
Fish farmers are rearing thousands of "cleaner fish" in the hope they will be able to guard Scotland's salmon stocks from a deadly parasite.
A £1.4m observatory for nature lovers to get a better look at breeding ospreys and other wildlife is near completion at a reserve.
Female mice that compete in promiscuous environments have sexier smelling sons, research finds.
The government is failing to deliver a third of its commitments to protect the natural environment, a report by an umbrella group says.
Young deer should also be killed when their mothers are shot, according to scientists.
Eight live big cats, hippo teeth and walrus horns were all seized by UK border officials in a record year for endangered animal items.
A new high-resolution global map of forest loss and gain has been created with the help of Google Earth.
The discovery that a clam called Ming reached the age of 507 makes headlines around the world.
The results of a DNA study suggest that dogs were domesticated in Europe.
Minutes of the meeting giving the go-ahead to a controversial extension of the badger cull reveal deep unease among several board members about the decision.
The skull of a four million-year-old big cat resembling a modern snow leopard has been found in the Himalayas, evidence that big cats first evolved in Asia not Africa.
Two species of dolphin can be indentified from one another by analysing the clicking sounds they make, new research suggests.
Miniature video cameras attached to birds have revealed life from a gannet's perspective.
The annual round-up of the wild Carneddau ponies shows numbers are better than feared after about 100 died during snow earlier this year.
RSPB Scotland resumes a cull of feral goats at Loch Lomond, despite fears it could wipe out the entire population in the area.
A US company formally launches an "electronic backpack" mobile phone app that controls the movements of cockroaches and defends itself against cruelty claims.
Internationally important seabird populations on the Isles of Scilly are being protected by a scheme to kill more than 3,000 brown rats.
A new super-predator dinosaur that roamed the earth 80 million years ago is discovered in southern Utah.