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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.

Barn owl boxes stolen and vandalised

19th June 2014
Five barn owl boxes which are part of a Suffolk community project are stolen or vandalised, with the animals taken.

Unesco delays Barrier Reef decision

19th June 2014
Unesco delays its decision to list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered, amid controversy over a plan to dump dredged sediment in the marine park.

Fish-eating spiders 'widespread'

18th June 2014
Scientists have discovered that a number of spider species catch and eat fish.

New Official Mouser at distillery

18th June 2014
Peat the kitten lands the job of Official Mouser at the Glenturret distillery in Perthshire, home of the Famous Grouse.

Obama doubles global marine reserves

17th June 2014
President Obama plans to create the world's largest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Clam harvesting concerns at beach

17th June 2014
Concerns are raised that gangs of people are harvesting shellfish on a Conwy beach.

VIDEO: Can you teach a dolphin to talk?

17th June 2014
A new documentary unearths recordings of a 'talking' dolphin, who took part in a 1960s experiment