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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.

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

Fabien Cousteau aims to beat grandfather’s underwater record by staying submerged for 31 days

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

Humanity is responsible for speeding up the natural rate of extinction for animal and plant species by up to 10,000 times, as the planet is on the brink of a dinosaur-scale sixth mass extinction, a new study has warned.

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

Dredging at Bahamas resort halted by court

A court has ordered a resort company to stop dredging off the Bahamian islands of Bimini, granting at least a temporary victory to critics who say the project is damaging the delicate underwater environment prized for its marine diversity.

One of the bolts was embedded in the swan's rear.

Swan shot with crossbow in 'horrific' attack in Norfolk

A goose was also shot with a crossbow nearby

Nature Studies: You’ve heard the song that features the linnet. But have you heard the linnet sing?

The linnet was prized by cage bird keepers for its melodious, liquid song

One of Nandor Fodor's oddest jobs was on the Isle of Man, hot on the trail of Gef the Talking Mongoose
One of the 14 new species of so-called dancing frogs discovered by a team headed by University of Delhi professor Sathyabhama Das Biju in the jungle mountains of southern India

14 new dancing frog species discovered – just as they are about to become extinct

The 'beautiful' frogs have never before been brought to the knowledge of the public - yet live in a precarious balance with their fast-eroding environment

Nature Studies: Isn’t it time the BBC broadcast the song of the nightingale again?

After ‘Tweet of the Day’, I’m sure the Corporation would be in sympathy with the idea

Find your inner wildlife spotter: Emma Townshend reveals how to recognise the flora and fauna all around us

Ah, spring: the trees in blossom, the flowers in bloom, the birds in fine voice. Which trees, flowers and birds? Most of us wouldn't have the first clue, admits Emma Townshend – and it's high time we did something about it
In this picture taken on March 26, 2009, shows a blue whale swimming in the deep waters off the southern Sri Lankan town of Mirissa. Pods of Blue, Sperm and Humpback whales can be easily seen around Sri Lanka for six to eight months a year, while Bryde's whales are somewhat rarer. Out of 81 species of whales, 27 can be seen in the waters around the island. Sri Lanka has begun whale watching tours to lure foreign visitors to see its natural wonders, as traditional beach tourism trickles due to the ongoing four decades of ethnic war with Tamil Tigers.

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With HS2 now having the Opposition's support, Jane Merrick reports on a plan, backed by Labour, to 'green' the scheme and mitigate the damage

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