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'Superman' joins wildlife trust

8th August 2014
Actor Henry Cavill says he is humbled to help staff who do 'seemingly impossible' conservation work.

VIDEO: Trapping badgers 'vital' in TB fight

7th August 2014
The government says its badger vaccination project in Gloucestershire is still a vital part of its plan to tackle bovine TB.

VIDEO: Crane chicks reintroduced to UK

7th August 2014
Almost 100 crane chicks brought over from Germany have been released as part of a project to reintroduce the birds to the UK.

Beetle boost as rare insect turns up

7th August 2014
An endangered beetle is sighted in Cambridgeshire for the first time in more than 40 years.

VIDEO: Wikipedia monkey selfie row

7th August 2014
British photographer, David Slater, is challenging Wikipedia to remove monkey selfies from websites.

Variation in ant nest 'personality'

7th August 2014
Ant colonies have their own personalities, which are shaped by their environment, a US study suggests.

Fish still on decline in Irish Sea

6th August 2014
Restrictions on cod and salmon fishing aimed to rejuvenate falling stocks in the Irish Sea and inland waterways do not appear to have halted the decline.

Comedy finale to aid otters charity

5th August 2014
The finale of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe's week-long Charity Chuckle will raise money for an otter rescue centre on Skye.

Wallaby reports spark police calls

5th August 2014
Police receive calls about a wallaby in Kingsclere, but the RSPCA says there is no cause for alarm.

Horses' ears 'communication tool'

5th August 2014
Horses look to the ears to work out what another animal is thinking, according to a study.

Would you fund a rabbit wheelchair?

5th August 2014
The people who are turning to the internet to fund their animals’ vet bills.

VIDEO: Scientists film UK undersea mountain

4th August 2014
Marine scientists have explored an underwater mountain off the west coast of Scotland for the first time.

UK's deep sea mountain life filmed

4th August 2014
Scientists send a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK's deep sea mountains for the first time.

Gold-coloured bat is 'new species'

4th August 2014
A golden bat from Bolivia is described as a new species by scientists.

US tortoise held after brief chase

4th August 2014
Police in Alhambra in greater Los Angeles recaptured a giant tortoise after a brief chase along city streets.

Dinosaurs 'shrank' to become birds

31st July 2014
Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.

Snake surprise for garage mechanics

31st July 2014
Mechanics in Fife attempting to jump-start a car are given a shock when they find a snake under the bonnet.

Broody octopus keeps four-year vigil

30th July 2014
A deep-sea octopus is observed nursing her eggs for more than four years - the longest brooding time seen in any animal.

Birds beat machines in hover test

30th July 2014
Micro-drones are just starting to catch up with the hovering and flight performance of the tiny hummingbird, say scientists.

Bumps, buzzards and critical species

30th July 2014
Coral munching bumphead fish give insight into conservation