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Defra was concerned over them carrying a destructive parasite

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England’s upland peatlands are so badly neglected that just 4 per cent are in good ecological condition, a coalition of water companies and wildlife groups warns today.

Baby bear euthanised by Swiss zoo amid public outrage will now be stuffed and displayed to teach children 'nature can be very cruel'

The cub was rejected by its mother and father in tragic circumstances earlier this year

Migaloo the while whale, sighted at the Bernard Islands on Saturday 17 August, 2013

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Once thought to be the only all-white humpback whale in the world

A box tree moth. The caterpillar is a voracious eater of box hedges

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Not since Alexander Pope ended the 18th-century craze for artfully-trimmed hedges by lampooning aristocrats for turning shrubs into “awkward figures of men” has British topiary faced such a grave threat.

Dirty business: A grounded coal carrier leaks oil on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010

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The controversial scheme is horrifying environmentalists and tour operators

The smartphone app that could save Britain’s bees

A new campaign to protect Britain’s dwindling bee populations will employ the latest smartphone technology.

The app helps users to identify the bees they see and log sightings while they are out and about

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Fabien Cousteau (left), grandson of Jacques Cousteau (far left) prepares to spend 31 days in an underwater laboratory

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Filmmaker and sea explorer Fabien Cousteau is attempting to outdo his celebrated grandfather by staying 31 days underwater without surfacing.

Nature Studies: The drug that killed India’s birds of prey is coming to Europe – and we must stop it

There are 300 pairs of Spanish imperial eagle left. We can’t afford to lose any

The Sumatran rhinoceros, Amur leopard, mountain gorilla and white-tip shark are all species at risk

World 'on the verge of next mass extinction': Humans have caused extinction rates to increase by up to 10,000 times

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Nature studies: Stay away from the dolphins kept in tanks. The only ones to see live wild

It was all part of a zoological craze that swept the world at the end of the 1960s

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