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Deer to blame for the decline of England's nightingales

Nightingales are disappearing from Britain because deer are eating the woodland undergrowth the birds need for nesting, a new study has shown. It is a significant breakthrough in understanding why numbers of the renowned songbird are rapidly falling.

Mummified hand stolen from Haunch of Venison pub

Thieves took an unusual trophy from a Wiltshire pub – a mummified hand amputated from a cheating gambler.

Dog set on pregnant deer



Thugs set a dog on a pregnant deer and filmed the defenceless animal being savaged and killed on mobile phones, police said today.

Best for a Highland fling: Scotland

The rain lashed against the windscreen and all I could see was the headlights' feeble beam on the dry stone walls and ghostly lichen-crusted trees that bordered the slick lanes. We were heading north from Inverness, somewhere on the borders of Ross-shire and Sutherland, home to verse-inspiring scenery, but I couldn't see a bloody thing. I coaxed the car on and up. "Drive to Ardgay and turn left at the phone box in nine miles", read the directions and, just as we were thinking we had to be on the wrong road, there was the red box. A left turn, more wet miles, and on to an unmade track. Finally we had arrived at Alladale. The lodge loomed, grey and shadowy like Baskerville Hall and through the deluge we saw the door creak open to reveal ... a very nice man who loaded our three-course dinner in his Land Rover and escorted us to our bed for the night.

Album: Deer Tick, Born on Flag Day (Partisan Records)

With the 1980s "new country" stalwarts a distant memory and the alt-country scene now diversified to the point of distraction, the door is open for a new breed of cowboy… Enter Deer Tick, a bunch of young gunslingers from, of all places, Rhode Island.

Teenagers killed fawn 'for a laugh', court told

Three youths killed a two-day-old fawn in a Dorset park by stamping on it "for a laugh", a court has heard.

Mini venison burgers

Makes 10

European Fields: Hans van der Meer, Host Gallery, London

Rooney who? This is European football's grass roots exposed

Jamie Merrill: The day I shot a stag

Would you have the stomach to shoot your own supper?

Rupert Cornwell: Hate the government? Love the national parks

Out of America: A new TV series aims to persuade the US that a publicly owned service run for the benefit of the people can be a good thing

Huntsmen 'filmed on McCartney deer sanctuary'

Anti-hunt activists claimed today that they filmed huntsmen trespassing on Sir Paul McCartney's deer sanctuary.

Alex James: A quad bike, my dog and a very lucky deer

Rural Notebook

The great white hunted: plight of albino animals

Rare albino animals in the wild are being preyed on by bounty hunters eager to scoop up 10 times the amount paid for more common creatures. Paul Bignell reports

Gnocchi with venison ragout

Serves 4

UK accused of 'racism' towards invaders from across the pond

"Save the aliens!" is the cry – and an unusual one too. Safeguarding Britain's flora and fauna from the ravages of mankind and "non-native invader" species has become the largely unquestioned cause célèbre of a generation.

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