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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.

Bloated whale carcass could explode in Canadian town, locals fear

Residents have been advised to stay away from the 25m-long creature

The Wildlife Trust has set out plans for a green-belt along HS2's route

HS2 rail-link: Resistance fading as Labour prepares to support high-speed line, but demands 'green corridor' along the route

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

Tiny hamster-sized deer born in southern Spain

The Java mouse-deer, indigenous to Indonesia, is increasingly under threat in the wild due to destructive palm oil plantations

The Rufous hummingbird is native to North America, but ranges across much of the continent, from California to Alaska, and can migrate up to 2,000 miles despite its tiny size

Earth Day 2014: Google celebrates Earth Day with doodles of Rufous hummingbird, veiled chameleon, moon jellyfish, dung beetle, puffer fish and macaques

Earth Day 2014 has been marked with a collection of five animated doodles on the Google homepage, showing the Rufous hummingbird, the veiled chameleon, the moon jellyfish, the dung beetle, a puffer fish and a pair of Japanese macaques.

John Muir is regarded as the founding father of the modern environmental movement

Scottish foot- and cycle path honours John Muir, the environmentalist who helped save America’s great outdoors

John Muir is regarded as the founding father of the modern environmental movement

Nature Studies: Fingers crossed, we’ll have rare Asian Sandpipers breeding in Gloucestershire

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Kew Gardens is a 'national jewel' and it would be a 'tragedy' if its funding is cut excessively, Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has warned

Goldsmith backs campaign to protect ‘national jewel’ Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a “national jewel” and it would be a “tragedy” if its funding is cut excessively, Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has warned.

No more environmental xenophobia: British wildlife has a taste for the exotic and can thrive on non-native plant species

A new Royal Horticultural Society study suggests that British wildlife can thrive on plants from almost anywhere

European Black Vultures are found in Spain, where they are vital to ecology

Drug that wipes out vultures may cause an EU eco-disaster

Spain approves use of drug beneficial to mammals - that will kill any vulture that feeds on a carcass containing traces of it

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