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Why half a million fritillaries didn’t make it this year

There had been a colossal smothering, truly weird to witness

Once upon a time, in a land before pesticide, wildlife was so abundant

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This will be my last week as Environment Editor after 15 years at The Independent.
It has been a privilege to work for a newspaper which puts the environment first

This Easter, don’t forget that resurrection is for flowers too

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Bukavu, Africa’s forgotten art deco jewel

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Must we shoot Britain’s mad March hares all the year round?

For every other game species, there is a closed season. Why not for hares?

For a glimpse of The Sublime, see a British waterfall this Easter

I sometimes wonder why we pay so little attention to what sooner or later some landscape bureaucrat is going to call “our waterfall resource”

The decline and fall of the Peak District wallabies

This alien species was a little bit of Australia in Staffordshire

Our most common bird: the tiny wren

Reading a scientific paper estimating the number of wild birds in Britain, our Environment Editor made a charming discovery

Why we all love Attenborough

There are people in whose company, because of a million tiny signals, we quickly feel at ease; I would submit that Attenborough has that effect on the whole nation

Bright in winter's depths: why the flawless flower of Candlemas is a joy forever

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