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Circle of Animals, Somerset House, London<br/>Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery, London

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The spring antics of hares have delighted people for generations but in recent years, the animals have become an increasingly rare sight in the countryside, victims of 20th-century farming techniques.

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It is the moment of the year when, after months of chill greyness, nature stirs and, slowly, colour and warmth seep back into the world around us. A butterfly lands on the compost heap! A chiff-chaff calls from the cherry tree! A hedgehog shuffles out of the woodpile after its winter hibernation!

Nature nurtures new National love for Scudamore and partner Russell

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Delroy Grant was finally snared by an elaborate "rat trap" set up by detectives desperate for a breakthrough.

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A wrecked ship is threatening to cause an environmental disaster on an island which is home to endangered penguins, conservationists warned yesterday.

Shipwreck threatens island penguins

A wrecked ship is threatening to cause an environmental disaster on an island which is home to endangered penguins, conservationists warned today.

Johnson bemoans the failure to land punch after hopes slammed

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Did Banksy's latest work bring misery to a homeless man?

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When The Killing's Done, By TC Boyle

For his 13th novel, the American author T Coraghessan Boyle turns a beady eye onto the type of eco-drama that, previously, only Carl Hiaasen has managed to bring off to general satisfaction. Hiaasen, however consistently brilliant, now has a serious rival. Having already written both magisterially and waspishly about the Kellogg family, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alfred Kinsey, Mexican immigration and a hippie colony on its last legs, Boyle now proves he is equally at home in the troubled waters of animal rights and conservation imperatives.

Taxonomy: The naming crisis

Taxonomy tells us how animals, plants and the planet are changing. But without better funding and more young scientists, we will be left with millions of anonymous species, says Roger Dobson

Lisa Faulkner: 'I use Marmite in everything from stews to bolognese sauce'

My earliest food memory... My mum's amazing banana ice-cream. I do a version of it and I don't know why, but I can never get it to taste as good – it's missing her magic touch.

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Our gerbil had some kind of death wish'

The problem with pets is that they die. Many years ago in The Idler magazine, we ran a column called "Pet Deaths". We invited our readers to send in stories of childhood trauma related to their fluffy animals. The letters poured in and never failed to be funny and touching, somehow expressing a truth about the mingled joy, passion and sadness of childhood.

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