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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Landowners could be jailed for the illegal killing of wild birds by their employees under new legislation that comes into force today.
Guernsey bird numbers 'are healthy', says birdwatcher
Bird numbers in the Bailiwick of Guernsey are in very good health according to a local birdwatcher.
Three whales found beached
Three whales and a dolphin have been found beached in recent days.
Dead sperm whale found on Norfolk beach a 'health hazard'
A dead sperm whale washed up on a Norfolk beach has become a health hazard, officials have said.
Kent whale 'alive when stranded' at Epple Bay
A whale found dead on a Kent beach was probably alive when it became stranded, a post-mortem examination has shown.
Grey squirrel culling starts in Gwynedd
A culling programme of grey squirrels has started in Gwynedd as the march of the reds goes on.
Wildlife trusts' appeal to count brown hares in Wales
Wildlife conservationists are calling on the public to help them count the number of brown hares in the Welsh countryside over the winter.
Baroness Boothroyd says killing moles is 'wonderful'
When Baroness Betty Boothroyd guest edited BBC Radio 4's Today programme yesterday she had hoped to spark a serious debate about House of Lords reform.
Butterflies return to ancient Winchester woodland
Butterflies are returning to ancient woodland near Winchester thanks to the work of Marwell conservationists.
Hopes for seahorse sightings in Manx waters
There have always been plenty of white horses around the Isle of Man, and now it's hoped there could be large numbers of seahorses as well!
Extinction fears as salmon disappear
Atlantic salmon that travel thousands of miles to swim up a West river could become extinct there within three years, environmentalists have warned.
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Knutsford Heath
£13,000 trust project to convert Heath goes back to nature
A £13,000 project to transform a Knutsford nature reserve and return it to its traditional state as a haven for wildlife begins in the New Year.
New wildlife woodland planted in Weymouth
A new woodland has been planted in Dorset to attract and support wildlife.
Waterways in National Park will create power to ward off wind farms
It is a world famous region that attracts thousands of tourists to the banks of its picturesque lochs and rushing burns.
Jockey Tony McCoy scraps plans for racing stable over fears windfarm will spook horses
Tony McCoy, the champion jockey, has mothballed plans for a £2 million racing stable because he fears the horses will stampede in terror at the sound whirling blades from a wind farm which could be built nearby.
Anger after four out of five major wind farms approved by ministers
Campaigners say they have little faith in the Scottish Government listening to local opinion after figures showed only five major wind farm applications have been turned down in the last four years.
Huge new wind turbine planned that will "ruin view of Severn"
Controversial proposals could bring a huge wind turbine to the mouth of the Severn estuary.
UK issues offshore drilling licences
The UK government has awarded 46 new exploratory drilling licences to firms, including Shell and Centrica, looking for oil and gas.
Volunteers give £1m to the Trust
The National Trust for Scotland has announced that its army of more than 3000 volunteers have made a contribution of more than £1 million this year.
Anti-whalers' ships struggle to safety
Two Sea Shepherd ships are struggling northward in the Southern Ocean through another storm, the anti-whaling group says.
Moss has cloned itself for 50,000 years, study says
A moss spreading throughout the Hawaiian Islands (map) appears to be an ancient clone that has copied itself for some 50,000 years—and may be one of the oldest multicellular organisms on Earth, a new study suggests.
Killer fungus spotted in Western Ghats
A killer fungus that nearly wiped out amphibian populations in various countries to extinction across the world has been detected for the first time in the country.
Gundia power project will result in bio-diversity loss
The Gundia power project in Karnataka should not be permitted as its execution can cause significant environmental impact and biodiversity loss, the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) has reported.
Wildfires devastate Chilean wilderness
Wildfires sweeping through one of South America's most famous national parks are devastating thousands of acres of pristine habitat.
Oil rigs may provide bird buffet for sharks
Heaped on a table at the laboratory, the pile of beaks, feet, eyeballs, feathers and whole bird carcasses testified to what may be the oil industry’s most unexpected environmental impact.
Ecuador vows to push Yasuni jungle protection plan
Ecuador vowed on Friday to press ahead with a plan to shield the Yasuni reserve in the Amazon jungle from oil companies after international donors pledged more than $100 million in exchange for the government not permitting exploration.
Giant weed said border security obstacle
A giant invasive weed is threatening the ecosystem along southern U.S. rivers and could hamper security efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border, researchers say.
Great apes make sophisticated decisions
Max-Planck-researchers have shown that chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans make decisions carefully.
Wind turbines
Renewable energy provides 9% of UK electricity
Renewable energy sources generated 9% of the UK's electricity in the third quarter of 2011, according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
2011 is UK's second warmest year on record - Met Office
This year was the second warmest on record for the UK, the Met Office says.
World's largest solar plant powers up
Just under a month ago, on an empty mountain plateau in Andalusia, the last of 600,000 parabolic mirrors were connected, and Andasol, the world's largest solar power station, become operational.
Court delays EPA rule on coal plants
A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday issued a last-minute order to delay the January 1 implementation of stricter federal limits on pollution from coal-fired plants, providing a temporary win for utilities worried about the cost of implementation.
How to head off climate-change ruin in Asia
Rising, warming and increasingly acidic seas threaten the very survival of Pacific island countries.
Delay and denial at Durban
The long-drawn-out Durban climate conference was marked by frequent “indabas,” or informal meetings called by the African chair, and ended in a last-minute jugglery of the agreed text which managed to clinch the package climate deal termed the “Durban Platform.”
UK investment in green energy stagnates at £2.5bn
UK investment in green energy failed to pick up significantly in 2011, reflecting difficult economic circumstances and uncertainty over government policy.
Plants show effects of climate change
The effects of climate change are now becoming commonplace and it is amazing how quickly we come to accept them.