One of Britain's best-known cheddar makers has ceased production

Cheddar maker to abandon cheese business due to rising price of milk and supermarket competition

One of Britain’s best-known cheddar makers has ceased production because of the rising price of milk and increased competition between supermarkets.

A bumblebee species that had become extinct in Britain will get a second chance when a new generation of queens is released in the south-east of England

Short-haired bumblebees to be released on nature reserve in project which could help reverse UK decline

A bumblebee species that had become extinct in Britain will get a second chance on Monday when a new generation of queens is released in the south-east of England.

Five-minute memoir: Isabelle Grey is driven to distraction after passing her test

On the open road, Isabelle Grey was ready for anything. Except this.

Tomorrow calls time on the coldest spring in more than 50 years

UK sees coldest spring in 50 years, says Met Office

Tomorrow calls time on the coldest spring in more than 50 years, as the past fortnight of below average temperatures dragged the average thermometer reading during March, April and May putting it on course for its lowest level since 1962.

Gloucestershire farmer Jan Rowe on his farm near Cheltenham

Badger cull: Companies and marksmen in shoot have their identities protected amid fear of reprisal from opponents

The farmers and marksmen involved in the badger culls are so fearful of reprisals from opponents of the trial that they are being protected by an iron cloak of anonymity, according to the director of the company running the programme in Gloucestershire.

The trial culls aim to cut the incidence of bovine TB in the zones by 16 per cent

Chief vet: We need badger cull to prevent spread of TB to humans

Infected wild animals pose ‘a risk to health’, says Nigel Gibbens, as population control trials begin

The junior showman competition

Racing ferrets, pygmy goats and Britain’s finest beasts: Its the 150th Royal Bath & West show

After a ropey year for British agriculture, with a soggy summer and long winter leaving many farmers empty of pocket and heavy under the eyes, this week brings relief: the 150th Royal Bath & West.

Coming to your local supermarket soon: Chicken à la maggots

“Our chicken, pork and fish dishes are fed only the finest protein-rich maggots that have been reared on a diet of cow and pig excrement, washed down with a wee dram of whisky.”

President Dilma Rousseff is set to announce a new development agency that will offer assistance to African countries

Sao Paolo to write off £600m of African debt

Brazil will cancel or restructure almost $900m (£595m) of debt owed by African countries as part of a plan to increase its future funding to the continent.

Album review: Alice in Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Virgin)

The return of Jerry Cantrell's grunge bulldozers stresses the dogged consistency that sustained them after singer Layne Staley's death.

Indigenous plurality of expression: Angharad Price
Refillable olive oil bottles will now not be banned by the European Commission

European Union U-turn over refillable olive oil ban

Environment Secretary: 'common sense has prevailed'

10% of British wildlife at risk of extinction as species show massive decline

Comprehensive study reveals hedgehogs, turtle doves and red squirrels among species seeing biggest falls

(l-r) Phoebe Aldridge (LUCY MORRIS), Roy Tucker (IAN PEPPERELL), Hayley Tucker (Lorraine Coady) in The Archers

The Archers 'does not compete with EastEnders' for sensational storylines

The Archers' outgoing editor Vanessa Whitburn has denied that the drama has been competing with soaps such as EastEnders for sensational storylines.

'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall

As a two-mile wide tornado bore down on Moore, Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, one man survived by taking refuge in a horse stall.

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