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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
  Military three-step as birds drill for food through the late winter snow
The snow continues to sweep across the valley. A greenfinch's sharp, falling notes seem to be the only birdsong this morning, an insistent harbinger of spring in the face of the cold. Most birds seem otherwise occupied. Blackbirds, thrushes and robins bob along the edges of the footpath, inches from my feet, searching the undergrowth hungrily for food. A mass of linnets I count around 60 rummage in the field, furiously digging for seeds and insects. Streaked brown and grey, some with dashes of pale red on their breast, the linnets jump about in the swirling snow, squabbling with each other.

Disturbed by my progress downhill, a flock of fieldfares takes off, but they soon return to dig in the snow. Fieldfares are large, straight-backed and rather pompous thrushes with grey heads and rumps, their faces and breasts marked heavily with inky black lines and barring. The flock advances across the ground in a sort of military-precision grandmother's footsteps: each bird hops three times and stops before digging. These winter visitors are waiting for the weather to clear so they can return northwards to their breeding grounds in Scandinavia, Finland or north-west Russia.

From the shelter of a hide, I scan the edges of the grey pools of water on the brooks. The dark shapes of snipe small, brown wading birds are moving in the snow nearby. Their long beaks drill up and down, like hesitant sewing machine needles, probing beneath the snow, feeling for invertebrates in the mud. Three lapwing flap backwards and forwards over the pools, calling "pee-wit" to one another. Visibility fades as another wave of snow-filled cloud sweeps across the valley. As I emerge from the hide, I scare three dark fallow deer sheltering in the trees.

There's a flash of vivid reddish-pink in a hedge. A male bullfinch sits among the jagged, leafless branches. Almost as soon as it appears, it's gone, flashing its bright white rump and black tail, flitting away over the trees. I hunch my shoulders against the cold and trudge on, but I can just hear the bullfinch's thin whistled calls in the distance.
Hundreds of wild boars face cull in Forest of Dean
Grand National protesters accuse Channel 4 of exploiting deaths of horses
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Art Deco among the ducks
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Stricken seabirds wash up along south coast of England
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Humans that harm animals should be held accountable
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English farmers to be reimbursed for sheep killed in snowstorms
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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
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