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AUDIO: Man stung by bees in pain experiment

8th April 2014
A PhD student has allowed bees to sting him 190 times - to find out which part of the body it hurts the most.

Number of dead raptors rises to 18

8th April 2014
The number of birds of prey found dead in a part of the Highlands has now risen to 18, RSPB Scotland say.

Geese tests could help patients

8th April 2014
A study of the world's highest-flying bird by Devon scientists may help improve treatment for heart attack and stroke victims.

Very rare Chinese robin sighted

8th April 2014
Scientists make crucial new discoveries about one of the world's rarest birds, the blackthroated blue robin, with a breeding pair spotted in China.

'More bee deaths' in northern Europe

7th April 2014
A new EU study shows that far more honeybees are dying in the UK and other parts of northern Europe than in the Mediterranean.

Rare coral 'at risk from dredging'

7th April 2014
Environmental campaigners are calling for immediate action to protect coral found off the coast near Plymouth.

Bird of prey trap death condemned

6th April 2014
Wildlife organisations condemn the illegal trapping of birds after a buzzard was found fatally injured in the Peak District National Park.

VIDEO: 'Your ladybirds are in the post'

6th April 2014
Ladybirds are a good, natural way to combat garden pests, according to one wildlife expert.

VIDEO: Why is it hard to build a kangaroo?

4th April 2014
A German technology firm have developed a digital marsupial, a robotic kangaroo that can leap and land with precision.

Rare 'goat-sheep' born on Irish farm

4th April 2014
A rare, hybrid animal that is part goat and part sheep has been born on a farm in the Republic of Ireland.

The woman who got 'slothified'

4th April 2014
Monique Pool is used to rescuing and rehabilitating sloths at her home in Paramaribo, Suriname - but even she was left struggling when 200 arrived at once.

VIDEO: The woman who got 'slothified'

3rd April 2014
Monique Pool is used to rescuing and rehabilitating sloths at her home in Paramaribo, Suriname - but even she was left struggling when 200 arrived at once.

Top doctor backs 'garden gym' idea

3rd April 2014
One of the UK's top doctors says there is an accumulating body of evidence that highlights a link between urban green space and benefits to human wellbeing.

VIDEO: Rare birds poisoning toll reaches 16

3rd April 2014
Four buzzards and 12 red kites are found dead in what experts say is the worst poisoning incident of its type in Scotland.

AUDIO: How the zebra got its stripes

3rd April 2014
Why do zebras have stripes? Scientists at the University of California reveal the answer.

No expansion for badger culling

3rd April 2014
The government has said it will not expand badger culling to other areas this year to reduce TB in cattle.

VIDEO: Dinosaur chase scene reconstructed

3rd April 2014
Scientists digitally reconstruct the scene of a dinosaur 110 million year-old dinosaur chase.

Tarka the Otter writer's hut on sale

3rd April 2014
A hut used by Tarka the Otter author Henry Williamson for his writing is to be sold at auction.

Dinosaur chase scene reconstructed

3rd April 2014
Scientists digitally reconstruct the scene of a dinosaur chase - preserved in the mud of an ancient river bed in Texas.

Project to protect vulnerable birds

3rd April 2014
Scottish gamekeepers begin their biggest ever conservation project aimed at halting the decline of the nation's vulnerable wading birds.