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Oceans and land
Somerset police dog praised for successfully tracking suspect
On the track to the moors
Initiative to improve sustainable fish labelling unveiled
Protection of grey wolves may be ended by Obama administration
RSPCA comes under fire for badger cull protests
The rain released from the parched ground that glorious earthy perfume
May's diverse wildlife finds hedgerows the perfect home
The pink-footed geese seemed restless, as if uncertain what they were doing
Study links insecticide use to invertebrate die-offs
Has the internet killed the Loch Ness monster?
Waitrose pledges to source all seafood from independently certified providers
It's the first time I've heard the chiffchaff's song this year
Edinburgh zoo's pandas help boost visitor numbers by 51%
Their bombastic majesties begin the nectar frenzy
Pandas have saved Edinburgh zoo from extinction but what for?
Insecticide spraying will be expanded to control pest caterpillar
This is the EU's best chance in a decade to reduce fish discards
Fish company investigated after salmon farm pollutes Scottish loch
Poachers kill 26 elephants at central African world heritage site
New to nature No 103: Tinkerbella nana
Sand martins dig tunnels in the dunes
World's tallest dam approved by Chinese environmental officials
Justin Bieber 'owes thousands' after leaving monkey hanging in Germany
A brief stillness before the damselfly's short life on the wing would begin
  Somerset police dog praised for successfully tracking suspect
A dedicated police dog has been praised for successfully tracking a suspect for two miles.
German shepherd Troy was called to investigate after the owner of a "high value" Mercedes reported that it had been stolen from a house in Winscombe, North Somerset.
  On the track to the moors
The way to the moors is a short wide track rising through upland fields. Sandy and pebbly underfoot, its deep ruts are impressed with the chevron markings of tractor tyres. The few squat sycamores vibrate with the sound of the wind, a cutting wind that chills and buffets. A dead hare is half hidden by grass, its eye hollow, its fur in tufts.
  Initiative to improve sustainable fish labelling unveiled
A new initiative to make the labelling of sustainable fish clearer and more consistent for consumers will be launched by industry and retailers on Friday, with the backing of the Fish Fight campaign setup by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingttall. The voluntary code of conduct by the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC), whose supermarket and supplier members represent over 80% of fish sales in the UK, should mean "consumers will be able to shop safe in the knowledge that [sustainability] claims are meaningful and harmonised across products, retailers and brands," SSC says.
  Protection of grey wolves may be ended by Obama administration
The Obama administration was on Friday on the verge of lifting protection for grey wolves across most of the country, ending a 20-year effort to bring the animals back to their historic range. The move would withdraw protection in all lower 48 states for an iconic animal which is seen by its defenders as a symbol of the wide open spaces of the Rocky Mountain West and by cattle ranchers as a plague on their herds.
  RSPCA comes under fire for badger cull protests
The RSPCA, the world's oldest and largest animal welfare organisation, is at the centre of an increasingly bitter row over how it conducts its campaigns. The Charity Commission has confirmed that it is assessing a complaint that the organisation's protests against live exports and badger culling have seen it stray too far into the realm of politics.
  The rain released from the parched ground that glorious earthy perfume
The weather has been so unstintingly poor in the past few months that it seems almost perverse to wish for rain. Yet, in truth, we are in need again. On our allotment the upper layer of soil is a boot's depth of mere powder. A friend also told me of local farmers who are paying the price for clearing all their hedges: tonnes of topsoil were being ripped from some of the largest bare fields and sandblasting everything that lay downwind.
  May's diverse wildlife finds hedgerows the perfect home
I have always looked towards May with a sense of excitement and relief. All too often it seemed that I would start fieldwork, following hedgehogs, in a rain-sodden early April. And despite an awareness that a spell of poor weather is not necessarily an indicator of fine things to come, I found the wet nights leavened with a sense of anticipation for what may be discovered in my favourite haunt: the hedgerow.
  The pink-footed geese seemed restless, as if uncertain what they were doing
The hide at Nigg Bay lies on the northern end of the huge Cromarty Firth, just above Inverness. The area, particularly Nigg Bay itself, is renowned for its gatherings during the winter of pink-footed geese, ducks and waders. At this time of the year the pink-footed geese are assembling prior to their migration towards breeding grounds that will include Iceland and Greenland.
  Study links insecticide use to invertebrate die-offs
The world's most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies, snails and other water-based species, a groundbreaking Dutch study has revealed. On Monday, the insecticide and two others were banned for two years from use on some crops across the European Union, due to the risk posed to bees and other pollinators, on which many food crops rely.
  Has the internet killed the Loch Ness monster?
Exactly 80 years ago the Loch Ness monster was invented. Or, it resurfaced, depending on whose account you choose to believe. The modern monster myth was born in the Inverness Courier on 2 May 1933, under the headline "Strange spectacle on Loch Ness". In his accompanying report, Alex Campbell claimed that "Loch Ness has for generations been credited with being the home of a fearsome-looking monster".
  Waitrose pledges to source all seafood from independently certified providers
Waitrose is to source all its seafood from independently certified sources by the end of 2016, it said on Thursday. The supermarket, which sells 12% of the UK's fish, hopes to build on its responsible fish sourcing policy that was launched 15 years ago. The retailer said the move will also help it ensure a longer-term guarantee of sustainability in the face of increasing global pressure on fish stocks.
Japanese firm stops selling endangered whale pet treats
Comment of the week: why rewilding 'the wild' isn't so wacky
Humaneness of badger cull to be judged on noise of dying animals
Jean-Jacques Annaud: 'People who make films are in danger every day'
An oystercatcher rises surreptitiously, suggesting that it has a nest nearby
Short-haired bumblebee queens hoped to boost UK population
Badger vaccination 'would be cheaper to implement than cull'
Atlantic puffin population is in danger, scientists warn
Jellyfish surge in Mediterranean threatens environment and tourists
Lord's Resistance Army funded by elephant poaching, report finds
Why did dinosaurs evolve feathers?
Why the celebrity status of badgers is a problem
'Badger-friendly' milk to be sold in just three UK supermarkets
Labour fails in attempt to stop badger cull with Commons vote
Orange tip butterflies are so fragile, yet survive violent rainstorms intact
A cetti's warbler bursts into violent exclamation
Tammy the anteater to greet fans in London Zoo late-night walkabouts
Cod stocks recover after years of overfishing
Are some animals more worth saving than others?
Thai police discover 14 albino lions in warehouse near Bangkok
White lion breeding at UK wildlife parks linked to 'canned hunting'
Is the rise in antibiotic use on farms a threat to humans?
Stop using birdsong apps, nature reserve tells visitors
Cheetahs 'more powerful than a motorbike'
Meet Ming, the panda who left China to boost Britain's wartime morale
Badger cull activists can 'bend the rules' during protests, say police
RSPB accused of hypocrisy for killing hundreds of birds on its reserves
Wolf walking in Cumbria: the new leaders of the pack
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Marine Harvest agrees to limit pesticides and seal killings
Schmallenberg vaccine available to UK farmers this summer
Cat wars break out in New Zealand
Racing pigeon sold for record £260,000
Most UK species in decline, wildlife stocktake shows
Hedgehogs are disappearing fast gardeners to the rescue
I've often seen bees infested with mites, but rarely one so heavily laden
Government licensed secret buzzard egg destruction, documents reveal
Hedgehogs have everything they need in this garden
China reports rise in humans encountering wild Siberian tigers
New to nature special: the top 10 new species
Zoo keeper mauled by tiger 'broke safety rules'
Industry, fires and poachers shrink Sumatran tigers' last stronghold
The swift is a bird that screams of the Earth's intricate interconnectedness
Tiger that killed zoo worker 'dragged her into its enclosure'
Culls risk illegally exterminating badgers, animal expert warns
Counting the cost: fears badger cull could worsen bovine TB crisis
My manifesto for rewilding the world
Ban Ki-moon to warn UN security council of dangers of wildlife trafficking
Beaver kills man in Belarus
GM 'hybrid' fish pose threat to natural populations, scientists warn
The beaver from Belarus and other deadly animals
Ants in Germany repeatedly ring woman's doorbell
A nightly procession of pheasants, ducks, deer and badgers in the garden