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Increased protection for war wrecks

28th June 2014
The huge number of ships sunk in World War One are to be offered increased protection under a UN agreement.

Is animal welfare killing wild apes?

27th June 2014
Is animal welfare killing wild apes?

Odours distract insects from flowers

26th June 2014
Insects find locating their favourite flowers gets harder when there are competing smells around, new research shows.

Monkeys' looks prevent crossbreeding

26th June 2014
Guenon monkeys' colourful and varied faces have evolved as a way to avoid crossbreeding, new research shows.

Call to save Pitcairn's ocean bounty

26th June 2014
Researchers say that "immediate protection" is required for the pristine waters around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific.

Oldest faeces show Neanderthal diet

26th June 2014
Analysis of a 50,000-year-old scrap of human faeces adds weight to the view that Neanderthals ate plants as well as meat.

The growing problem of Pablo Escobar’s hippos

26th June 2014
The late drug baron had a herd of the animals, which are now out of control in Colombia. Just what do you do with 60 hippos?

Butterflies use magnetic compass

25th June 2014
The monarch butterfly uses a magnetic compass to navigate thousands of miles across North America, scientists discover.

Vampire bats lose bitter taste

25th June 2014
Vampire bats' strict blood diet makes them lose much of their ability to taste bitter flavours, scientists show.

VIDEO: When bees swarm, 'who you gonna call?'

25th June 2014
When bees swarm urban areas, the DC Beekeepers Alliance keeps both humans and bees safe. The BBC spoke to beekeepers and city dwellers who found an unexpected common bond over buzzing bees.

Escaped 'hungry' hawk leaves tree

24th June 2014
A hawk that escaped after performing at a festival in Peterborough and took up residence in a tree in the city came down "when she got hungry" her owner says.

Pesticide toll 'impossible to deny'

24th June 2014
Scientists say the evidence is 'conclusive' that neonicotinoids are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species.

Your pictures: Mighty minibeasts

24th June 2014
The Royal Entomological Society launches National Insect Week 2014, celebrating the mighty minibeasts that shape the environment.

Badger advice 'wilfully' ignored

23rd June 2014
A senior government adviser has described coalition plans to change the way the pilot badger culls are assessed as "an abuse" of the scientific method.

Australian slang: Your favourite examples

22nd June 2014
Your favourite examples of Australian slang.

Springwatch boosts Minsmere numbers

21st June 2014
The Suffolk nature reserve which hosted BBC Springwatch this year says it has experienced a 50% increase in visitor numbers.

US sets up honey bee task force

20th June 2014
The White House has announced a federal strategy to understand why honey bees are dying off and produce a plan to stop their decline.

Worms live longer when starved

20th June 2014
Tiny nematode worms "stop ageing" when they are starved and can go on to live twice as long as normal, a new study shows.

Vixen out-foxes bird reserve wardens

19th June 2014
A dedicated feeder is installed at a Teesside nature reserve to stop a fox stealing the birds' food.

VIDEO: Baby monkeys born at Highland Park

19th June 2014
Three baby Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, are born at Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.