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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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick