News The steller sea eagle can be 8ft in wing-span

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

Summer visitors top list of fastest-falling bird populations

Concern for the fate of Britain's migratory birds has deepened with the disclosure that eight out of the 10 most rapidly declining UK bird species are our summer visitors from Africa.

My Edinburgh: Magnus Mills, Author

There's a question I'm occasionally asked that never fails to baffle me: what are your books about?

Pigeon tagine

Serves 4-6

Game On: Mark Hix celebrates the month of August – when grouse and wild mushrooms make a welcome appearance

Last year I made a plan to take August off and enjoy the sun in Dorset and just return to London for meetings – but in fact the weather was shocking: fog, wind, rain and not even any fishing... So this year I've once again booked the month of August off, but I have managed to fix up two little trips to Morocco and Ibiza, just in case the weather disappoints. So far, fortunately, the weather has been pretty good and once again the grouse season has crept up on us. British ceps have also made an early appearance which makes menu planning start to get really interesting again.

Invasion of the falcons: The peregrine is back in town

After decades of declining numbers, the world's fastest creature is populating Britain's cities once again. One pair has even set up home at Tate Modern

Brown shrimp patties with fried quails' eggs

Makes 12 little snacks

Forget the cycling, it's the Tour de Pigeon

It's the Tour de France without the dope testing. In a desperate attempt to restore the flagging fortunes of the sport of pigeon racing, the elite birds of France embarked on their own 13-stage race around France this week.

The Venice Biennale, Various Venues, Venice

Who are the winners in Venice? Scotland, New Zealand and a French piece of child's play

Picnic perfection: Britain's top chefs reveal their recipes for al fresco dining success

It's time to celebrate the great outdoors – but don't let a soggy sandwich blight your hamper...

Why an ancient symbol of love is heading for an unhappy ending

The turtle dove has vanished from half its nesting sites in the past 20 years

Sport of kings takes wing once again

It's boom time for falconry as breeders struggle to cope with upsurge of interest among the young

Sport on TV: Tyson ruffles feathers but at least he's not up before beak

The bull terriers were being judged at Crufts yesterday but their owners didn't have the singlets and tattoos you might expect, let alone the gold chains around their necks that are thicker than their dogs' leads.

China sees pigeons as far more than a flight of fancy

Record auction prices fuel criminal trade in pedigree birds and spark gambling boom
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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
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The big NHS question

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Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

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In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
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In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

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David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

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Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral