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

Cavolo nero with farro and grilled lamb

Serves 4

Steenson kicks Chiefs to second home victory

Exeter Chiefs 22, Newcastle Falcons 17

Prunes in tea

Makes 1 large jar

Howard Jacobson: The English sound of Hindu bagpipes

This music somehow reflected the spirituality of India via the emotionalism of Scotland thanks to the citizenry of Bolton

Border officials find venomous snakes

A cargo of plucked pigeons bound for British restaurants feature among a range of strange animal finds by the UK Border Agency.

Scents and sensibility: the history of perfume

A new exhibition traces the history of perfume, from the frankincense and myrrh of ancient times to the celebrity fragrances of today. It's nothing less that the story of our civilisation, argues Michael Bywater

Spiced corn and scrumpy fritters

Serves 4-6

Pigeon disease kills one in three greenfinches

Populations of greenfinches, among Britain's most handsome and popular garden birds, dropped by a third in parts of England within a year of the emergence of a new disease, a new study reports.

Rules of the game: Mark Hix hunts down the best grouse recipes

It's grouse and wood pigeon season, but fear not – you don't need to hunt to make these delicious recipes

The pigeons have gone, but visitors are flocking to Trafalgar Square

Art venue. Film set. And now maze. Andy McSmith on the rebirth of a London landmark

Bird symbolising true love fading from the skies

It is the emblematic bird of sexual fidelity – and just like sexual fidelity itself, it is rapidly on the wane.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Cuts that could silence the skylark

The argument that Britain's wildlife is lamentably impoverished, put forward here last week, produced a strong reaction from readers. Among those reacting was the National Farmers' Union, whose Head of Policy Services, Andrew Clark, sent us a long letter, published on Tuesday, pointing out how wildlife in Britain is crucially dependent on farmland, and how farmers are doing much to promote it.

Your countryside needs you: call for citizen scientists

Members of the public are being urged to become "citizen scientists" by recording their sightings of local wildlife in order to combat the global extinction of species.

Dom Joly: Make your own luck – corner the market in mascots for 2012

Basically, we just get that company to make a couple of weird costumes and then we can flip itround and say that they are whatever you want them to be
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