News Hop to it: The penguin parade has been of the daily highlights at Edinburgh Zoo since the first one happened by accident in 1951

They remain one of its most popular attractions

The curious case of Britain's wildlife revival

Otters and salmon have returned to our rivers, red kites are soaring over our motorways and exotic egrets are colonising our wetlands. So has British wildlife really made a comeback? Naturalist Stephen Moss investigates

The Reading List: Schools


'Up and Down in The Dales' by Gervase Phinn (Penguin, £8.99 )

Wry, spry and dry – the former teacher and school inspector's fourth book of memoirs charts the time he spent roving over the Yorkshire Dales inspecting village schools. It has a belly laugh on every page.

Trail of the unexpected: Northern Ireland

A new kayaking trail presents a different view of Ulster's dramatic shores.

Oil licences 'threaten sea birds'

Rathlin Island could be in danger of suffering oil spills if permission for drilling is granted, the RSPB claimed.

Drilling sites a 'threat to seabirds'

Important wildlife sites for seabirds such as puffins could be hit if an oil spill occurred in areas being considered for new fossil fuel exploration off the UK coast, conservationists warned today.

Seabirds in danger from new oil exploration, RSPB warns

Conservationists are calling on the Government to revoke dozens of new licences for oil and gas exploration in UK waters, fearing hundreds of thousands of seabirds could be at risk if they are granted.

Pearson urged to sell Financial Times

Pearson should offload the Financial Times to fund further expansion in its education business, according to one influential analyst who believes the business could fetch up to £900m. While the FT and Penguin publishing are the blue-chip company's best-known brands, it makes the bulk of its revenues from education.

Michael McCarthy: Shell needs to come fully clean

This is the biggest spill on the UK continental shelf for more than a decade

League round-up: Saints and Seagulls set the pace

The South Coast promoted sides, Southampton and Brighton, emerged as early season leaders in the Championship after wins at Barnsley and Portsmouth respectively kept their 100 per cent records intact.

Paul Newman: Green experiment begins to bloom at Brighton's new home

The Football League Column

Buckley is life of party at Seagulls' new home

Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Doncaster Rovers 1: Two late goals from summer signing get Poyet's side off to winning start

Mr Popper's Penguins, 94 mins, PG

Mr Popper's Penguins is one of the many high-concept Hollywood comedies that propose that you're not a good father unless you neglect your career and behave like a maniac (cf. Evan Almighty, Imagine That). It stars Jim Carrey as a predatory property developer who inherits six penguins – don't ask. His children adore the flatulent little critters, so Carrey agrees to keep them, because children should always get absolutely everything they want, even if that means filling your New York apartment with ice, snow and bird droppings.

Letters: Do we really need to cut the national thirst for alcoholic drinks?

The horror at the inclusion of representatives of the drinks industry on the Government's working group on alcohol (leading article, 1 August), illustrates two assumptions, one undesirable and the other questionable.

Letters: University application reform

Reform would take some of the strain out of applying for university

Jersey: Channel-hop into a different way of life

A long weekend in tranquil, cushy Jersey makes you do things you wouldn't dream of doing at home, says Julie Burchill
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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London