separating fact from fiction

Beavers were recently introduced to Cornwall
With the beaver release in Cornwall, it’s easy to believe that the species is back in Britain for good, but much needs to be done to secure its future, says Derek Gow.
Polar bears fighting over a carcass in Svalbard, Norway
Claims that polar bears are thriving or will adapt to climate change are unfounded, says Andrew Derocher.
Conventional farmers are often blamed for declining wildlife populations, but many of us do try to be responsible, says Duncan Farrington.
Lapwings are ground-nesting birds
Culling predators such as foxes and badgers is only one of a range of options to help improve the breeding success of waders, argues Jennifer Smart.
Are there big cats in the British countryside?
Photos of 'big cats' taken on trailcams or smartphones are not evidence for their presence in the British countryside, says Andrew Kitchener. 
A hawksbill turtle in the Caribbean
Planet Earth II revealed the perils faced by baby turtles in Barbados, but these are offset by the vigilance of local people, says Carla Daniel.
A Eurasian otter eating an eel in Northumberland
An item on on BBC One's Countryfile in early 2017 suggested there is growing pressure from anglers to cull otters, but Dr Daniel Allen of the UK Wild Otter Trust disagrees.
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