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Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

Famine threatens Australia's gentle sea cows

Extreme weather has destroyed the dugong's feeding grounds – just the latest menace facing this already endangered species

Boyd Tonkin: New versions of pastoral

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The <i>IoS</i> guide to wild Britain (Part 2)

In the second of our nature specials, David Randall talks to National Trust experts who reveal 40 of their prime places to spot the best and rarest of British flora and fauna, from butterflies and dormice to wildflowers and falcons

Foreign tourists denied entry to Machu Picchu

Peru's extravagant celebrations of the centenary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu descended into farce this week, after a bureaucratic wrangle that saw hundreds of tourists from around the world barred from entering the Inca ruins.

It's not the altitude that takes your breath away

It's 100 years since Machu Picchu was rediscovered, but Alex Stewart finds there's still enough solitude on the Inca Trail for him to play Indiana Jones

Leading article: The best sort of invasion

Intervention on the far side of the world has a controversial reputation. Over the last 20 years passionate supporters and opponents have clashed over the morality of the actions. However the announcement of the launching of a task force, a ship and two helicopters carrying lethal weapons, setting out for the Pacific makes a strong case for its potential efficacy.

Voyage to eradicate rats and save birds

Conservationists have embarked on a three-month trip to one of the remotest places on Earth in a bid to eradicate rats from a Polynesian island where they threaten to drive an endangered seabird to the edge of extinction.

Picture of the Day: Ruins of lost kingdom threatened from below

The ruined city of Hampi, a Unesco world heritage site and one of the most important archaeological locations in southern India, is under severe threat, experts have warned. Illegal quarrying and blasting have severely damaged some of the remains and pushed others to the verge of collapse.

The ultimate status symbol: How does Unesco whittle down the contenders for the World Heritage list?

Chris Beanland visits Darwin's Kent home - a future candidate - to find out

From lost city of the Incas to tourist trap in 100 years

The huge number of people who visit Machu Picchu every year are threatening the site's very survival. Simeon Tegel reports

US returns artefacts from Machu Picchu

The first shipment of artefacts from the ruined Inca city of Machu Picchu have been returned to Peru almost 100 years after being taken to Yale University in the US, ending a fractious dispute.

Album: The Strokes, Angles (Rough Trade)

So many negative noises have been made about Angles from critics and the band (guitarist Nick Valensi admitted "I feel like we have a better album in us"), that its actually-not-badness comes as a pleasant surprise.

Birds banned to preserve Malaysian buildings

Tens of thousands of birds cultivated for their edible nests are being banned from the capital of a Malaysian tourist island after the UN cultural agency warned that the business endangered efforts to preserve historical buildings.

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