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Brazil to decide on whether to approve world's first GM eucalyptus trees

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Shell shock: 3,000 clams were tested

Human waste blamed for turning one in 10 of Britain's male clams into females

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Only three or four pairs of Hen Harriers remain in England and Wales

Plight of Britain's hen harriers sparks one of the countryside's fiercest debates

Conservationists and the shooting lobby are at loggerheads. Could a country estate manager have the answer to the problem?

The Prime Minister promised last month to hold a parliamentary vote on repealing the 2004 Hunting Act if the Tories win

Prominent fox hunting supporters step up Tory support – and expect repeal of ban in return

The plea will increase concerns among animal rights campaigners that the bar enforced a decade ago could be lifted if the Tories form a government

Malawi plans to burn ivory worth more than £5m to mark the UN’s World Wildlife Day on Thursday

Malawi to burn its £5m ivory stockpile this week - and demonstrate its commitment to wildlife conservation

Plans for the world's most expensive bonfire proves that saving the elephant is ultimately worth more to the impoverished country

The Ili pika is close to extinction - yet is not recognised as an endangered species by the Chinese government, says Li Weidong

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Native to a remote region of China, this tiny mammal, known as the Ili pika, doesn't know it's a member of an endangered species - and neither do most people (Picture by Li Weidong, via National Geographic)

A mangrove finch, one of just 80 left in the Galapagos

Scientists raid mangrove finch nests as they battle to save birds discovered by Charles Darwin from extinction

Fledgings are being reared in laboratories as the species is in peril on the Galapagos Islands

The Canal and River Trust is launching a campaign this week which urges people to feed ducks with frozen peas and sweetcorn instead of bread

Feed ducks frozen peas instead of stale bread, charity asks

People in England and Wales feed ducks an estimated of six million loaves of bread a year

The Blue Tit is a strong contender for the title of Britain's National Bird

Britain's national bird: Red kite, puffin or robin? Voting opens to decide

Members of the public get the chance to choose our favourite feathered friend

Bat bridge over the A590 dual carriageway in Cumbria

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The bridges have been installed to help bats safely cross new highways despite evidence that they do not work

Eagle makes history as it flies from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa tower

Darshan became the first bird to fly from the top of the world's tallest building

What does a hen do with her unfertilised eggs?

A hen does not know if her eggs are fertilised or not. In fact (much like a human) a rooster can be infertile, so a hen's eggs might not be fertilised even if she is in a flock with a rooster.

A Small Blue, which is one of the rarest butterflies in the UK

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Each cubic metre of garden in Britain could currently contain up to 200 slugs

British gardeners braced for invasion of slugs and snails

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Lynx are to be reintroduced into the wild in Britain after a 1,300-year absence, under an ambitious 'rewilding' plan drawn up by a conservation charity

Lynx to be reintroduced into wild in Britain after a 1,300-year absence

The predators eat deer, rabbits and hares among other animals but are not considered a risk to people

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