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The silvery wash of the moon illuminates the invaders in our garden
Marine conservation is about proper management not numbers
Lion killed California intern with one swipe of its paw, coroner reveals
Deer cull would threaten thousands of jobs, say furious gamekeepers
We must kill Bambi: why culling deer is a no-brainer
Five shark species win protection against finning trade
Pangolins under threat as black market trade grows
Should we learn to love eating insects?
Rare Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia
Where screeching, scarlet macaws enjoy raucous celebrity status
Summer's early birds risk their return from wintering grounds
Mexican monarch butterfly numbers at record low, scientists say
Military three-step as birds drill for food through the late winter snow
Beachcombers to hunt out 'mermaid's purses' to help protect sharks
French troops return to the heart of D-day operations
A landscape bathed in cold brilliance
Birdwatch: Pied-billed grebe
National Wildlife Crime Unit left in funding doubt
86 elephants killed in Chad poaching massacre
Polar bear hunting and migration 'hit by warming climate'
Cloning extinct animals: to hell with frogs!
Spring is in the air and Zoroastrians and hares and pagans. And me
When the icy wind drops, the first hint of warmth can be felt in the sun
Don't let good zoos go extinct
  The silvery wash of the moon illuminates the invaders in our garden
Four o'clock in the morning and, though softened by a veil of cloud, the moon is bright enough to cast a silvery wash over the landscape. It's also illuminating several rather puzzling motionless white masses on the edge of the garden. Still half asleep, it's a moment or two before I realise we've been invaded by escaped sheep. Not many, but enough to wreak havoc in the garden overnight.
  Marine conservation is about proper management not numbers
Just off Beachy Head there is an area of the Channel where sea bream reproduce. This remarkable fish pairs with its mate and creates an area of seabed that it will defend for around six weeks until spawning has ceased. This is one of the reasons why I would like to designate this as a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). If we get this right there will be more sea bream for our fishermen and a precious, species-rich area will be preserved forever.
  Lion killed California intern with one swipe of its paw, coroner reveals
A lion broke the neck of an intern at a US animal park after opening its cage with its paw and attacking the woman as she cleaned its holding area, authorities believe. It remains unclear how the lion and 24-year-old Dianna Hanson were in the same place at the same time, Fresno County coroner David Hadden said on Thursday.
  Deer cull would threaten thousands of jobs, say furious gamekeepers
Proposals to cull up to 750,000 deer in Britain have been denounced by furious gamekeepers who claim the move would also be a death knell for rural communities throughout the country, particularly remote villages in Scotland. The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said that such a massive slaughter of animals would destroy the livelihoods of thousands of individuals who support the deer-stalking industry.
  We must kill Bambi: why culling deer is a no-brainer
Last week scientists from the University of East Anglia produced some dramatic research arguing that a massive increase in the amount of culling will be necessary to keep the UK deer population under control: they recommend a cull of over 50%. The research is local, and only addresses two of the six UK deer species (roe, a native, and muntjac, an invasive and fairly recent introduction), but extrapolated nationally and across the other species, that would beabout 750,000 deer. It is an alarming figure.
  Five shark species win protection against finning trade
The millions of sharks killed every year to feed the vast appetite for shark-fin soup in Asia now have greater protection, after the 178 nations at the world's biggest wildlife summit voted to crack down on the trade. Those fishing for oceanic whitetip, porbeagle and three species of hammerhead shark will now require strictly controlled permits to export the fins.
  Pangolins under threat as black market trade grows
Last year tens of thousands of elephants and hundreds of rhinos were slaughtered to meet the growing demands of illegal trade in wild animals. Largely centred on eastern Asia, this black market is also devouring hundreds of tigers, sharks, tortoises, snakes and other rare beasts. It's a flourishing trade, worth an estimated $19bn a year. But little attention is paid to the pangolin, or scaly anteater, one of the mammals that suffers most from such poaching.
  Should we learn to love eating insects?
On the menu the Mexican delicacy is described as "chapulines fundido". Having eaten it indeed polished it off I would say it is the equivalent of an "insect moussaka". The bottom layer is made of pureed fried grasshoppers (chapulines), which have been flavoured with softened shallots, garlic, smoky chipotle chillies and lime juice, topped with a gooey, fondue-style blanket of mozzarella and cheddar cheese (queso fundido). You can scoop it up, street-style, with corn tortillas or get stuck in with a knife and fork.
  Rare Sumatran tiger kills farmer in Indonesia
A rare Sumatran tiger has mauled a farmer to death on Indonesia's Sumatra island, prompting terrified villagers to call for the animal to be killed, a park official said on Wednesday. The same animal is suspected in attacks on five other people. The official at Batang Gadis national park, Yudi Santoso, said 32-year-old Karman Lubis was killed this week while working on a rubber plantation near the park in North Sumatra province.
  Where screeching, scarlet macaws enjoy raucous celebrity status
From the moment the nerve-jangling screeches on a par with the sound of glass stoppers turning in necks of bottles were unleashed from the rooftops, it was obvious which of the shoppers in the street were local residents and which were first-time visitors. The former went about their business without an upward glance; the latter stopped in their tracks, stared upwards, then reached for their cameras.
  Summer's early birds risk their return from wintering grounds
One swallow doesn't make a summer but it is a good sign that spring is here. So, the two that were reported on the last day of February, a day ahead of the meteorological first day of spring, were very timely indeed. Those first two swallows have since been joined by a small number of other sub-Saharan migrants, at least three ospreys, a couple of sand martins and a few northern wheatears.
Hundreds of wild boars face cull in Forest of Dean
Grand National protesters accuse Channel 4 of exploiting deaths of horses
Kenya's Maasai keep lions at bay with solar power and ingenuity
Week-old baby died after being bitten by jack russell, inquest hears
Avian flu: Chinese pigeon fanciers vaccinate tens of thousands of birds
Art Deco among the ducks
The silent socialisers of the insect world
Firefighters tackle blaze at Scottish zoo
Scottish zoo fire leaves animals and reptiles dead
Upon the Yare three grebe pairs were all in display
Chinese vessel on Philippine coral reef caught with illegal pangolin meat
Stricken seabirds wash up along south coast of England
Circuses to be banned from using wild animals
Demand for lion bones offers South African breeders a lucrative return
Edinburgh zoo pandas 'ready to mate'
Humans that harm animals should be held accountable
Today the brimstones are out, careering up and down the rides
English farmers to be reimbursed for sheep killed in snowstorms
Rhino heads seized in gang raid on Ireland's national museum
On this bright morning, the redwing are looking particularly smart
The Chinese sanctuary with pandas at play
Australia's koala crisis
Edinburgh's female panda artificially inseminated
Scientists attack government climbdown on marine protection
French fisherman survives crocodile attack in Australia
Oxford college under attack over plans to display live shark at ball
Wood anemones bewitched by the wind
Shark's off at Oxford black-tie ball
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