Travel Hannah and Chico take the long way round Wales

How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

Rohan Glynn with his two Dalmations and German Pointer

Dog owners in Hampshire warned about mystery disease killing canines in the New Forest

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Prince Charles warns extreme weather such as Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines are increasing as 'direct result' of man-made climate change

Facts and the science are clear and inescapable, says Prince of Wales

British birdwatcher killed by elephant in India

The man, in his 60s, was struck and stamped on by a male elephant

A wildfire in central Idaho forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the upmarket tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum

Picture of the day: Fighting fire with water as Idaho burns

A wildfire in central Idaho forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the upmarket tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum over the weekend, as firefighters lost ground against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort.

Fraxinus: the Facebook game where players crack the genetic code of ash dieback disease

Puzzle game flags up to scientists genetic variants of the ash tree that will help stop the destruction of the species

The Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshot crew of Prescott, Arizona. Eighteen of the 19 victims of the Yarnell Hills wildfire are from the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots, fire officials said. It's not known where the other victim was based

Devasting Arizona wildfire kills 19 firefighters from elite 'Hotshot' unit - and it's still blazing

Wildfire prompted evacuations of at least 50 homes

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.

Burnt-out cars at the jetty on the Tasman Peninsula in Boomer Bay

Island fires are a stark warning on how lives can suddenly be at risk

As we swam in the pool of a log cabin resort in the Tasmanian coastal town of Bicheno over the weekend, my family and I relished the 35C temperatures - an uncommon occurrence in this usually mild climate.

The National Trust property at Lyveden New Bield, in the heart of rural Northamptonshire

Rangers fear losing their homes as National Trust seeks increased rents

Employer’s bid to get ‘market rate’ for staff housing would force  hundreds to move off-site

Temperatures reach record high as wildfires rage across Australia

Australian crews battled a series of wildfires amid scorching temperatures across the country, with one blaze destroying dozens of homes in the island state of Tasmania.

Man takes on schnitzel... and schnitzel wins

"Let's go up north for a few days…" is how my Canadian holidays invariably end up. Normally it's summer and we drive up from Toronto to Muskoka or Georgian Bay where we spend weeks mucking about on boats and lying around on sun-drenched docks. This, however, is not summer and "the north" has become a very different place. I write this ensconced in a wooden cabin five hours north of Toronto and outside it's a balmy -17C.

Weekend work: Time to get rid of leaves on hellebores

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Can plant passports raise our trees from the ashes?

Britain has already had twice as many tree plagues in this century as it did in the whole of the last

UBM narrows down field of bidders for data unit

The owners of Maplin Electronics and the AA are in the running for the data services division of the publisher and events organiser UBM.

Wet summer kills rare osprey chicks in Northumberland

Rain and cold weather this summer have taken their toll on rare osprey chicks in a remote corner of England, the Forestry Commission said.

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