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Sea eagle, which has an 8ft wingspan, disappeared on Saturday

Traditional Christmas birds the Turtle Dove and Grey Partridge are disappearing from many parts of Britain

On the first day of Christmas... my true love had to get some other gift ideas: Britain's Christmas birds 'rapidly disappearing'

The stars of the chorus of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, the turtle dove and the grey partridge, are disappearing from many parts of the UK

WWII code experts called in to help solve mystery of the pigeon’s foot

GCHQ turn to Bletchley Park veterans for help with D-Day cipher

Backyard twitchers chart decline of 44m birds

Britain's bird population has plummeted by 44 million in four decades, according to a study carried out with the help of volunteer ornithologists.

Maggie Smith is right about Hollywood's obsession with youth. The whole industry is blinkered

Why is there such little cultural output for the vast demographic that our writer calls "the go-ahead grey pound"? If anything, there should be more now than ever

Tom Gullick, left, with bird guide Frank Lambert, after spotting the Wallace’s fruit dove in Indonesia

British bird brain is the first to pass milestone

It took him until he was 81, but a veteran British birder has become the first person in the world officially to see 9,000 species.

World's greatest birdwatcher sets a new record – then hangs up his binoculars

Former naval officer spots 9,000th species in Indonesia

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<p>A hipster home demands a hipster bird feeder – and they certainly don't come much cooler than this number by Eva Solo.</p>

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Why gardening keeps you ever so humble

For real enthusiasts, it's all about the plants and how you grow things - you might as well be a scarecrow

Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominees announced

Nominees have been announced for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

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Wimbledon hawk Rufus stolen from car

The hawk that patrols Wimbledon to deter pigeons has been stolen, police said.

Rentokil chilli gel wards off problem birds

A new red-hot weapon has been unveiled in the fight against problem birds.

Dilys Breese medal for McCarthy

Michael McCarthy, The Independent's Environment Editor, has been awarded the Dilys Breese Medal of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Mark Avery: It demeans us when we let a species die

On 1 September 1914 a bird known as Martha died in a cage in Cincinnati Zoo and the passenger pigeon was extinct. Newspapers across the world marked the event but nearly 100 years later should we give Martha a moment's thought? Indeed, why should we care about extinctions?

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Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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