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Monday 26 July 1999
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Saturday 19 September 1998
GILBERT WHITE, left, was the spiritual ancestor of Sir David Attenborough, the prototype of the popular British naturalist.
Friday 17 May 1996
Sir: I take issue with Nicholas Schoon's suggestion (15 May) that none beyond a few dozen specialists in museums and university biology departments really cares about the hundreds of small utterly obscure plant and animal species in Britain that are declining or endangered.
Thursday 04 August 1994
Wardens at a conservation area in London's commuter belt have joined the fight to save one of Britain's threatened species - the dormouse.
Saturday 19 March 1994
FRITILLARY Tours (0300 320684) is offering holidays for photographers and naturalists to the 'herb-filled hillsides' of springtime Greece. A 10-night trip to the Peloponnese costs pounds 895; seven nights exploring Western Crete, pounds 715.
Wednesday 17 March 1993
Sir: If frogs are key indicators of the state of the environment, as some naturalists have said, then ours may not be so bad as people think. This morning, there are 11 heaps of frogspawn lying on the surface of our quite small garden pond. There are seven pairs of mating frogs thoughtfully being optimistic about the future and five or six other individuals hanging around wondering whether to join in. We live within a few miles of some of the Trent's coal-fired power stations.
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