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Good prospects for grouse shooting

12th August 2014
The prospects for this year's grouse shooting season, which has just begun, are said to be "unusually favourable".

Dolphin 'pushed man underwater'

10th August 2014
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group reminds the public to exercise "extreme caution" around dolphins after a report that a bottlenose dolphin "aggressively" pushed a man underwater off the County Cork coast

Giant mantis robot at city festival

9th August 2014
Thousands of people attend a festival showcasing feats of engineering and the creative industries in Coventry.

Sweden 'mourns' its oldest eel

9th August 2014
Swedes flock to social media to muse at the passing of "the world's oldest European eel", which lived in a well to the age of 155.

Terns have 'most successful year'

8th August 2014
A seabird species at a Dorset colony has had its 'most successful' breeding season on record, the RSPB says.

Abbey peacock hatched from eBay egg

8th August 2014
A white peacock hatched from an egg bought by a Newstead Abbey employee on eBay is released in the grounds of the Nottinghamshire attraction.

Bid to save rare natterjack toads

8th August 2014
Scientists are building up a photographic database of the rare and endangered natterjack toad, in a bid to ensure its survival in Scotland.

'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.