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Deer culls aggressive Scottish Gamekeepers Association says
Deer culls in the name of conservation are "aggressive" and harm populations that support sporting estates, a gamekeepers body has said.
Chepstow badger deaths inquiry launched by Gwent Police
Gwent Police have launched an investigation after two dead badgers were found in Chepstow.
'Last' surviving kite reintroduced to Highlands thought to have died
RSPB Scotland believes the last of the original red kites introduced to the Highlands from Sweden almost 20 years ago has died.
Distressed dolphin put to sleep
Crew members of Port Talbot's inshore lifeboat are no strangers to being called out when swimmers get into trouble.
Whale stranded on Milford Haven mudbank is put to sleep
Marine experts say a whale stranded on a beach in Pembrokeshire has been put to sleep because it was dying.
Scandinavian trees 'survived last Ice Age'
Some Scandinavian trees survived the last Ice Age, challenging a widely held notion that they were killed off by the huge ice sheet that covered the region.
First computer model of how buds grow into leaves
Leaves come in all shapes and sizes. Scientists have discovered simple rules that control leaf shape during growth.
Water shortage to affect wildlife
A wildlife charity is warning of "an impending catastrophe for Surrey's wildlife" due to a water shortage.
Interim chief executive appointed at Natural England
Natural England, the Government’s wildlife adviser, has appointed Dave Webster as its interim chief executive.
Scotland honours the champions of wildlife conservation with pride
Conservationists ranging from a retired teacher who pioneered the idea of the “outdoor classroom” to a farmer who has boosted the number of lapwings on his land have been honoured at the inaugural RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards.
Survey opens to explore Scottish wildlife
Scottish Natural Heritage has commissioned a survey to help gain a better understanding of wildlife management issues in Scotland.
British Isles
Boris Island
Wildlife haven status for Thames Estuary airport land
Opponents of a new airport in the Thames Estuary have welcomed a government decision to designate the land earmarked for the project as a new wildlife haven.
£500,000 to improve our coastal wildlife
More than £500,000 is to be spent on creating “nature zones” on a stretch of our coast.
Wildlife groups delighted as Talbot Heath site is saved
Wildlife bodies who opposed development plans they feared would desecrate “one of the most important wildlife sites in the country”, are delighted it has been thrown out.
Asda U-turn over plan to pump sewage into Ferring stream
Asda has dropped a plan to pump sewage into a stream used by children and animals in West Sussex.
Rare wetland habitat in Guernsey is restored
Work has started at Guernsey's Colin Best Nature Reserve to reintroduce a rare wetland habitat.
New 20-turbine wind farm at Moy near Inverness approved
A developer has won its appeal against Highland Council's failure to give a decision on its plan for a wind farm at Moy, near Inverness.
Cash flow boost for river to protect rare wildlife
Torridge has won a share of a multi-million pound nature project to protect its precious countryside.
Improving wildlife habitat on Lincolnshire golf course
The Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project, a partnership between the Environment Agency, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service and others, is working with Laceby Manor Golf Club, near Grimsby.
Funding boost for Dearne project
A Dearne eco project will get a share of a multi-million pound funding pot to improve wildlife areas in the local area.
Davey: New nuclear will learn from mistakes of the past
Ed Davey has vowed the costs of the UK's new nuclear build programme will not be passed on to future taxpayers, after a government-backed report highlighted the huge scale of the country's current nuclear liabilities
Mediterranean marine reserves called vital
Large areas of the Mediterranean that were once healthy ecosystems have been left barren by overexploitation of fish and other marine resources, scientists say.
With wildlife corridor, Turkey tackles an ecological crisis
In Turkey, where conservation tends to get short shrift, environmentalists are excited about a plan to create a 58,000-acre wildlife corridor in hopes of bolstering dwindling populations of wolves, bears, and lynxes.
Spiny, venomous new sea snake discovered—"something special"
A new species of venomous sea snake mysteriously covered head to tail in spiny scales has been discovered in treacherous seas off northern Australia, a new study says.
Race to save the leatherback turtle from extinction
The leatherback turtle is one of the ocean's titans. The largest member of the turtle family, it is also one of the world's biggest reptiles, outsized only by some species of crocodile.
'Living fossil' trees in DNA studies
Scientists say they are using cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology to protect living fossil trees in Fiji from the impact of climate change.
Hot-spring fossils preserve complete Jurassic ecosystem
Scientists are uncovering a beautifully-preserved ecosystem from around a Jurassic hot spring, helping fill a gap in the fossil record of more than 300 million years.
Civilisation faces 'perfect storm of ecological and social problems'
Celebrated scientists and development thinkers today warn that civilisation is faced with a perfect storm of ecological and social problems driven by overpopulation, overconsumption and environmentally malign technologies.
Conservation is priceless for Kenyan forest
The conservation of forests in Kenya has been a challenge to policy makers.
Africanized bees, climate and disease killing Mexico's honey
Africanized bees, climate change and disease are seen by local beekeepers as the cause for the drop in honey production around Mexico’s largest freshwater lake.
Climate change plays major role in decline of blackbird species
Populations of the rusty blackbird, a once-abundant North American species, have declined drastically in recent years, and Auburn University researchers say climate change is to blame.
Solar power
Firms rush to meet latest solar feed-in tariff deadline
Businesses and households are rushing to complete solar electricity projects ahead of the latest cuts to feed-in tariff incentives, which will come into effect from tomorrow as part of the government's efforts to ensure the popular scheme does not exceed its budget.
UK CCS plants clear European funding hurdle
The UK capture and storage (CCS) industry is in prime position to claim EU funding after all six projects put forwards by the UK government passed a financial assessment by the European Investment Bank (EIB).
UK dismisses ATH appeal in carbon reduction scheme
The government has dismissed an appeal by coal producer ATH Resources related to its participation in the government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme, the company said on Friday.
Ofgem outlines plan to build cheaper offshore wind grid links
The government's goal of cutting the cost of offshore wind energy to £100 per mega watt hour has moved significantly closer, after energy regulator Ofgem released a series of proposals on how to deliver a cheaper and more efficient offshore energy grid.
Virginia high court rules in favor of climate scientist
The supreme court of Virginia on Friday ruled in favor of a prominent climate scientist, blocking a two-year bid by state officials to get access to his university emails and grant materials.
Arctic's old ice vanishing rapidly
The oldest and thickest Arctic ice seems to be vanishing faster than the younger, thinner ice at the edges of the Arctic Ocean's floating ice cap, a new NASA study finds.
Schmallenberg virus: Climate 'raising UK disease risk'
Climate change is raising the risk of diseases such as Schmallenberg in the UK and northern Europe, say scientists.
Oliver Letwin: 'Government must continue investing in green energy'
The Government should continue investing in controversial renewable energy schemes because the £1 billion spent last year “is actually quite tiny”, Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin has said.