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A rescue operation to save up to 500 ducks caught up in an oil spill on a lake is continuing in Denbighshire, says the RSPCA.
Flowering plants may have originated more than 100 million years earlier than previously thought, scientists suggest.
The recovery in otter numbers has been so successful that native fish are under threat and some anglers believe controls may be needed.
Small mammals affected by rainforest fragmentation are likely to be wiped out more quickly than previously thought, scientists warn.
Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests.
Attempts to maintain biodiversity in the world's oceans could be targeting the wrong areas, according to scientists.
Urban birds bred more successfully than their woodland cousins for the first time, during a cold and wet 2012, research shows.
A group of 14 artificially-bred panda cubs have been put on display in China's Sichuan province.
Scientists have mapped the genome of the native ash tree, in research to find a way to protect woodlands from a deadly fungus.
The Campobello Island Whale Rescue team disentangles whales caught in fishermen's gear and nets around the Bay of Fundy off the east coast of Canada.
A new genus of rodent is found in the remote forests of Indonesia's Moluccas islands, where Wallace developed his theory of evolution.
Twenty red squirrels are flown over to Tresco in the Isles of Scilly by a Royal Navy helicopter.
The National Trust launches its "most ambitious" Peak District conservation project, in an attempt to repair decades of damage to High Peak Moors.
Keepers at Edinburgh zoo reveal they have succeeded in achieving the first koala birth in the UK.
Footage of bumblebees flying in a wind tunnel reveals how the insects manage in adverse weather, a discovery that could aid the design of flying robots.
Shy male great tits have fewer 'friends' but build stronger bonds than bolder birds, researchers find.
International scientists have mapped the genomes of the tiger, lion and snow leopard, in conservation efforts to protect endangered species.
Rare capercaillie breed successfully for the first time in years in Anagach Woods near Grantown-on-Spey.
UK butterfly numbers are up following a summer of warm weather, according to a nationwide survey.
Why amelanchier is ideal for small urban spaces, including rooftops