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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.

Edinburgh panda 'believed pregnant'

12th August 2014
Edinburgh Zoo said it 'believes' its panda Tian Tian is pregnant and may give birth at the end of the month.

Hen harriers and grouse can co-exist

12th August 2014
Research carried out at the University of Aberdeen suggests hen harriers can co-exist with profitable grouse shooting.

Panda triplets unveiled in China

12th August 2014
A zoo in southern China unveils newborn panda triplets, thought to be the world's first known surviving trio.

Sea meadows 'lost like rain forests'

12th August 2014
Under sea feeding grounds for young fish are being lost at the same rate as Amazonian rain forests and could damage the fishing industry, scientists in Swansea warn.

Statue in honour of golden retriever

12th August 2014
A life-size bronze statue is unveiled in the Highlands to honour one of the country's most popular dogs, the golden retriever.