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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.

Warming 'killing penguin chicks'

30th January 2014
Rising temperatures are having a direct impact on Magellanic penguin chicks in Argentina, threatening the long-term survival of the species.

Catching the mother of all bed bugs

29th January 2014
The ability of bed bugs to return so quickly after human attempts to get rid of them has been explained by University of Sheffield researchers

'Nazi links' over eagle symbol

28th January 2014
Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw attacks a proposal to make the eagle a national symbol of Scotland, recalling its use by Nazi Germany.

VIDEO: Record number of birds at Slimbridge

28th January 2014
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust has found that the current mild weather is encouraging birds that would normally go to the continent to stay in the UK.

Calls to control sea eagles rejected

27th January 2014
One of Britain's leading wildlife experts rejects calls for the number of white-tailed eagles in Scotland to be controlled.

VIDEO: Rare frogs glow for conservation

27th January 2014
Why zoo researchers are making critically endangered frogs glow in the name of conservation.

Birdwatchers asked to count badgers

23rd January 2014
Participants in the RSPB's annual bird survey are being asked to count other animal visitors to their garden too.

New river dolphin species found

23rd January 2014
The Araguaian Boto is the first new river dolphin discovered since the end of World War One and only the fifth known species.

Wild beaver caught on film in Devon

21st January 2014
A wild beaver is caught on film near the River Otter in Devon.

Fox's record-breaking country walk

21st January 2014
A fox has been tracked more than 40 miles away from its home range, breaking British records for the animals.

How wildlife copes in the Cairngorms

20th January 2014
Winter on the Cairngorm plateau can be hard for wildlife

British bat makes incredible journey

20th January 2014
The first bat to cross the sea from the UK to Europe has been recorded, according to experts.

Secrets of the speedy elephant shrew

16th January 2014
Secrets of the speedy elephant shrew