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

Book Of A Lifetime: Lady Into Fox, By David Garnett

Many moons ago, I spotted a fourth impression of this short, sharp-toothed novel in a Gloucester Road charity shop. I had often heard talk of 'Lady Into Fox', first published in 1922, only 91 pages long and consisting of just the one chapter, but had never before laid eyes on it. I snapped up the slim volume immediately, feasted on its wood engravings and demolished it during a train trip to the South Coast. It pleased me in particular that a previous owner of my copy, a not inappropriately named Janet Leeper, had pencilled her name inside and added the date 5 November 1945, which just happens to be the day I was born.

Errors & Omissions: Every picture tells a story, but sometimes it's the wrong one

On Monday, 14 February, we naturally had an article about declarations of love. John Walsh wrote about love letters. The article was illustrated with pictures of the writers Denis Diderot, John Keats, Victor Hugo and James Joyce – and what looked like a Victorian etching of a soppy-looking medieval monk, captioned thus: "St Valentine, a martyr for love."

Twitchers flock to spot the birdie see rare dove

An army of "twitchers" queued to catch a glimpse of a rare oriental turtle dove yesterday.

The Experts' Guide To The World: Paris

In the most tourist-thronged quartier of the most-visited city in the world, there is an island of calm which is, blissfully, relatively undiscovered. The screeching of the Paris streets fades to silence as you enter its elegant walls. Dark arcades, in the Italian style, surrounda formal French garden of hedges, gravel, sandpits and fountains, offering a cool place to wander on a warm day or a peaceful spot for an haute-cuisine picnic.

Heston's new restaurant served the best food I've had in two years

Mark Hix reviews the gastronomic delights on offer at Dinner

Birdwatchers of Britain, your hour has come

The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch takes place next weekend, a great chance for us all to get involved. David Randall explains how it works

Wild things: Why foodies are hunting for game

Game is extremely cheap and healthy, says Clare Hargreaves

Lucy Porter: Unendangered species need our love too

I'm just saying...

Rats targeted in mass poisoning to save endangered birds

British scientists are to mount a £1.7m operation to save a seabird from extinction by eradicating rats from one of the world's most remote islands.

Chris Packham: Born to be wild

He was the young gun who made nature TV cool. Now, as the presenter of Autumnwatch, Chris Packham has come of age. Nicholas Milton meets him

Quail with girolle mushrooms and spinach

Serves 4

Pigeons' high-risk strategies reveal why we all love a flutter

A gambling experiment has shown that pigeons like a flutter as much as humans – and that taking big risks in the hope of high rewards may be a fundamental part of our biological nature.

Now you see them, now you don't - the British birds at risk

The RSPB says 40 species will not survive unless they receive special protection. Michael McCarthy reports

The Independent's Nature Club: A month on the wild side

In the latest dispatch from The Independent's Nature Club, readers report back on their recent wildlife highlights
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