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Updated: 35 weeks 15 hours ago

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.

SeaWorld to redesign its whale tank

16th August 2014
The US marine park SeaWorld is to build a new killer whale enclosure as criticism grows over how the park handles the animals.

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.

Is London moving its gardens to the sky?

13th August 2014
Up above London's bustling streets, once neglected rooftops are being converted into flourishing wild flower, fruit and vegetable gardens.

Smallest insect genome sequenced

12th August 2014
The Antarctic midge has the smallest insect genome sequenced to date, scientists discover.

Rhinos to be evacuated in S Africa

12th August 2014
South Africa plans to evacuate hundreds of rhinos from its biggest nature park, in the latest move to combat the rise in illegal rhino hunting.

Bread warning after 47 ducks die

12th August 2014
People are asked to stop throwing bread for ducks in a park after 47 mallards were found dead.

Lion cub leads ranger to dead mother

12th August 2014
A lion cub has led forest rangers to its mother's corpse in an Indian sanctuary, an act described by officials as very unusual behaviour.
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