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Ancient reptile's birth fossilised

13th February 2014
A rare fossil reveals how marine reptiles evolved to give birth to live young, say scientists.

Glorious greenery - winning garden images

13th February 2014
Images from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2014

Scientists count whales from space

13th February 2014
High-resolution satellite imagery is used to automatically count southern right whales swimming off Argentina's coast – a development that could greatly assist the animals’ conservation.

Brazil plan to save armadillos

12th February 2014
Brazil says it will present concrete plans to save the three-banded armadillo, the mascot of the football World Cup, by the end of the year.

Study shows cities' wildlife impact

12th February 2014
A dataset, described as the largest of it kind, assesses the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity levels around the globe.

VIDEO: Elephants orphaned by wildlife poaching

12th February 2014
Mark Lowen visits an elephant orphanage in Kenya's Tsavo national park to see the effects of wildlife poaching.

Seal spotted in Monmouth after rain

11th February 2014
A seal is spotted on the banks of the River Wye in Monmouth after venturing 15 miles up the river which is swollen by the rain.

Illegal hunts on rise in Afghanistan

11th February 2014
Illegal wildlife hunting is on the increase in Afghanistan, threatening several vulnerable species, campaigners say.

VIDEO: Swan project celebrates 50 years

11th February 2014
A research project started by conservationist Sir Peter Scott, recording the unique faces of migratory swans visiting Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, is celebrating its 50th year.

Wildlife trade crisis summit held

11th February 2014
Experts from around the world are gathering in London to discuss the 'global crisis' of the illegal international trade in wildlife.

Town centre owl's 'unique behaviour'

9th February 2014
An owl that has become a tourist attraction in a town centre park is displaying "unique behaviour", experts say.

Salmon born with 'magnetic map'

6th February 2014
Scientists believe that Pacific salmon sense changes in intensity and angle of the Earth's magnetic field to find their way in the ocean.

Sea wall tweaks boost biodiversity

6th February 2014
Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study suggests.

Giant jellyfish found in Australia

6th February 2014
Scientists in Australia are working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on a beach in Tasmania.

Jackdaws protect nests 'with eyes'

5th February 2014
Jackdaws' bright eyes frighten off their competitors, according to scientists.

Deer 'biggest threat' to woodlands

3rd February 2014
Deer represent the biggest threat to Scotland's native woodlands, according to an eight-year study by Forestry Commission scientists.

'World's oldest flamingo' dies at 83

31st January 2014
Greater the flamingo, believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world, is put to sleep in Australia at the age of 83.

Seven surprising facts about vultures

31st January 2014
Seven surprising reasons vultures deserve our respect

2016 goal for Asian vultures release

31st January 2014
After the devastation wrought by a veterinary drug on Asian vulture populations, a project hopes to begin releasing captive-bred birds into the wild by 2016.

Scientists reveal how snakes fly

30th January 2014
The mystery of how flying snakes stay aloft may have been solved by scientists.