Mary Dejevsky: The future is warmer – and smaller

Survival, it seems, is no longer about being bigger. Hooray!

How global warming shrank St Kilda's sheep

Darwinism turned on its head as milder winters allow smaller lambs to survive

Jacques Tredoux: 'People must continue to learn, to educate themselves'

Jacques Tredoux always wanted to be a teacher.

Alex James: Don't risk causing bulls any trouble

Rural Notebook

The week that was: Let's speak plainly

'Alleged victims?' Does anyone doubt that a crime has taken place? But as for the beast said to be on the loose in Norfolk, a cautious approach is no bad thing

A field day for British farmers

While most of the economy suffers, the livestock industry is profiting from the pound's weakness

Why I Love: Scottish silence

Fiona Phillips, broadcaster

The Worm Forgives The Plough, By John Stewart Collis

"I am not quite normal in my love of the sun," mused this academic-turned-farmhand. "Especially in March". At the age of 40 in 1940, Collis volunteered for the Land Army. .

No ewes complaining about the snow

For many, the response to the thick blanket of snow has been a slippery journey to work and a desire to sit around a log fire. Spare an admiring thought then for Valerie Honeyfield's flock of Badger Face Welsh Mountain sheep, whose reaction to the wintry weather has been to head out into the cold and give birth, pretty much all at once.

Shepherd 'used flock to intimidate neighbours'

A "maverick" shepherd who deployed his wayward sheep to intimidate his neighbours received a suspended prison sentence today for breaching an Asbo which banned the flock from the village.

Use lynx to cull deer, says top ecologist

Britain's big cat may be reintroduced to help balance nature, 500 years after being hunted to extinction here

Sheep rustlers ride again

A crime that farmers thought belonged to history is back, with flocks worth thousands being stolen by gangs. Jonathan Owen reports

Paperbacks: The Scandal Of The Season, by Sophie Gee

In 1711, Lord Petre violated his mistress, Arabella Fermoy, by cutting off a hank of her hair at a party. This impromptu scissoring inspired Alexander Pope's mock-heroic poem "The Rape of the Lock". In her enlightening debut novel, Gee recreates the intrigue surrounding the incident, fleshing out Pope's involvement and his efforts to win his way into the hearts and drawing rooms of these young toffs. From fashionable dinner menus ("a fricasse of lamb, a dish of peas and a sallet of herbs") to the elaborate language of courtship, Gee unobtrusively shares her deep knowledge of the period, and whenever possible uses Pope's original words.

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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