Voices Space for Giants trains and employs community scouts to patrol their local area and report incidents of poaching.

Our weekly field diary gives you an insight into the day-to-day work of Space for Giants scouts,  working in Laikipia, Kenya to save elephants.

Plague infected squirrel discovered in National Forest near Los Angeles

The diseased animal - a ground squirrel - was found to be carrying the disease, which if not treated with antibiotics is usually fatal

A view of the Olympic Stadium

You can doubt concrete parts of the Olympic legacy, but there's no questioning its spirit

A run around the Olympic Stadium offers hope for the future

Man jailed for murdering ex-girlfriend with dumbbell in front of daughter

The 22-year-old struck his ex-partner with a dumbbell after she threatened to report him to police for assaulting her

Five of the six men after their arrest in connection with the gang rape of a female Swiss tourist

Six jailed over Swiss tourist gang rape in India

An Indian court has sentenced six men convicted of the gang rape of a Swiss woman to life imprisonment, a lawyer in the case said.

Ancient wood to be felled for quarry

Ruling raises fears for future of more than 300 ancient woods around the country

Three of the proposed models of cigarettes packs in Australia

David Cameron's election guru Lynton Crosby blamed for shelving of plain cigarette packaging plan

Doctors' leaders and medical charities said lives would be lost because of the move

Save the ash tree? Half of us can’t even recognise an oak

An appeal for the public to report tree disease has merely revealed our arboreal ignorance

Song of the forest: Grizedale’s musical tree

Charmed by the chimes on the wild side of Cumbria

Tales from the trees: Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Classical review: Hansel und Gretel, Garsington Opera, Wormsley, Berks

The new popularity of Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘children’s opera’ Hansel und Gretel is as remarkable as was its original wildfire success.  After its premiere - conducted by Richard Strauss, who admired it enormously - it became a worldwide hit, and within 20 years had been translated into 20 languages. It’s had some notable regional revivals over the last few decades, and in 2008 it returned centre-stage with simultaneous productions by Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera.

Never brave Cheltenham without survival skills

We organised a bushcraft party for my son last week. This involved him and five friends going feral and wandering off to camp overnight in the woods behind our farm. The two bushcrafters overseeing the party were going to teach them to make traps, start fires and skin and cook a deer. This they did, and, judging by their demeanours when I picked them up next morning, they'd had a fabulous time.

Justin Rose has joined the same management company that represents Tiger Woods

US Open champion Justin Rose signs for the same management company as Tiger Woods

Justin Rose followed his brilliant US Open victory by joining the same management company last night that represents Tiger Woods. Rose parted company with British based 4Sports & Entertainment AG to join the growing golf empire run by Mark Steinberg on behalf of Excel Sports.

Georgia Williams has been missing since Sunday

Georgia Williams 'died from pressure to her neck', as Jamie Reynolds appears in court over her murder

Jamie Reynolds has yet to enter a plea to the 17-year-old's murder

Missing woman’s body found

Tributes were paid on Sunday to a 26-year-old office worker whose body was found in a wood.

Paperback review: Gossip from the Forest, By Sarah Maitland

Sara Maitland rather beautifully weaves together a history of forests and fairy tales in a study that actually teaches you something (I'd never thought before about the links between dwarves and mining in fairy tales, for example – and that their representation goes beyond those traditional tales, to Tolkien and others), whilst also speculating helpfully about the originators of fairy tales themselves.

Actors don't normally encourage audiences to answer their phones during performances, but those performing I Wish I Was Lonely by Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe do.
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