News Winging it: The shrill carder bee is thriving in Kent

Conservationists stunned by the insects’ rapid recovery

Flower power: Monty Don in 'Great British Garden Revival'

Great British Garden Revival, BBC2 -TV review

A revolution in the flowerbed as Monty plots to make Britain bloom again

A bumblebee species that had become extinct in Britain will get a second chance when a new generation of queens is released in the south-east of England

Short-haired bumblebees to be released on nature reserve in project which could help reverse UK decline

A bumblebee species that had become extinct in Britain will get a second chance on Monday when a new generation of queens is released in the south-east of England.

Editorial: Let our verges run wild

Roadsides could provide us with wild strawberries, sorrel and elderflowers
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Mown down: The wildlife toll on UK's roadsides

Our obsession with neatness is harming plants, bees and butterflies

The Playlist:Black Manila / Melvins / Ciara

The songs that are hot on our playlist this week

Reindeer were introduced on South Georgia a century ago

South Georgia leads where Britain may follow with mass reindeer cull

British-owned island takes drastic action to stop animals destroying native habitat

Splash of colour: work to create a 21st-century pleasure garden will build on the success of the vibrant wildflower meadows that delighted visitors to the Games

Largest urban park in Britain for a century

This time next year the grey concrete space next to the Westfield Stratford shopping centre will be filled with wild flowers, bees, kingfishers and fountains. Work is already under way on what will be the largest new urban park built in the country for a century.

Why I love the Territorial Army - and will never be able to forgive The Office's Gareth Keenan

From co-workers to potential romances, civvies have no respect for the TA these days

Bees are under threat

How do-gooders threaten humble bee

The middle-class fashion for new hives is well-intentioned, but there's not enough nectar and pollen for them all

Britain in Bloom: More than just a feast for the eyes

The Royal Horticultural Society staged the annual Britain in Bloom awards at St Peter Port, in Guernsey, at the weekend.

There was much to enjoy in 50s Britain that won't be seen again - sadly, wildflowers have joined that list

As a result of intensive farming and development the reign of Elizabeth II has witnessed, in wildlife terms, a vast impoverishment of the fields of Britain.

Editorial: What would Shakespeare make of the protests?

But who comes here? Is this an oil company I see before me? Marry, it is. No less than global multinational BP, sponsoring Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. And who comes hither, yon rabble of disaffected youth? Are they now mounting upon the very Stratford stage, where actors strut and fret, amidst a great caterwauling?

Make a splash: the Trevi Fountain in Rome, a city where you can see ‘all the layers of its history’

My Life In Travel: Kevin McCloud

'I'm an obsessive alchemist when it comes to packing. I always travel light'

Arable plant species disappearing

Some of the most well-loved flowers of the British countryside are disappearing from arable fields, conservationists warned today.

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