Why go in 2013? Serenity returns to Serendib
It took him until he was 81, but a veteran British birder has become the first person in the world officially to see 9,000 species.
Former naval officer spots 9,000th species in Indonesia
Flight Lieutenant Alex Cassie was one of the forgers whose painstaking work made possible the Second World War prison camp break-out that became known as "The Great Escape."
Concern for the fate of Britain's migratory birds has deepened with the disclosure that eight out of the 10 most rapidly declining UK bird species are our summer visitors from Africa.
Ten thousand records vie for space with primitive art, countless instruments and esoterica 'no one else would want'
Hiking, cycling, bird watching, lion wrestling...there's something here for all tastes.
When I was small, my grandma tried to teach me to crochet. The memory of the ensuing "Cant do it!" tantrum remains embarrassingly vivid. If, like me, the idea of making your own appeals, but the sight of needles makes you sweat, read on...
It's been a bit of a surreal week in radio. There was waking up with Ian Hislop instead of Today on last Friday's strike-hit Radio 4. This was a whole lot more stimulating than the birdwatching programme that followed. Why replace Today with birdwatching? It seems unlikely that an audience accustomed to fast-moving current affairs would want breakfast-time birdlife. But along with the Living Cheap documentary, which gave tips on coping with smaller salaries, there was obviously some subliminal management message going on with these replacements. What you discover with short strikes is that listeners actually like a bit of change. Birdwatching makes people feel grounded and filled with inner peace. Losing the Today programme for just one day reminds them they aren't slaves to routine. Cue numerous commentators boasting either that they hadn't noticed the strike or they preferred the birds.
Michael McCarthy reports on a landmark moment for the red-backed shrike
He has become the outspoken voice of the Liberal Democrat left – yesterday calling for the party's MPs to be given the power of veto over contentious Coalition policy proposals.
Rebel with a pair of binoculars
A much-loved summer visitor is fast disappearing, and no one knows why
Birds from Asia and US among highest number of species spotted in a single year
A tiny bit of China which turned up on Tyneside put British birdwatchers in a twitching tizzy today. They flocked in their hundreds to South Shields to try to catch a glimpse of an eastern crowned warbler, a bird never seen in Britain before.
Because ornithologists have just launched an international quest to rediscover a large group of "lost" bird species – believing that some may not be lost after all.