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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Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

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In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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