Exmoor river 'reset' aims to cut flood risk and bolster wildlife | UK news

Exmoor river ‘reset’ aims to cut flood risk and bolster wildlife | UK news

Pioneering work to return a river to its natural path in an attempt to improve the diversity of flora and fauna and reduce the risk of flooding has been launched on Exmoor in Somerset. The scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, has been inspired by projects in the north-west of the US, […]

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L. Nakuru National Park offers a continuum of splendid sites

L. Nakuru National Park offers a continuum of splendid sites

By MAGDALENE WANJAMore by this Author The mention of Lake Nakuru National Park sparks memories of the famous flamingo carpet on the lake’s shores that has provided a phenomenal aerial view for decades. Although things are different due to the reduced number of the birds owing to migration, the park still has a thousand reasons […]

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Badger cull linked to fall in bovine TB in two areas, study suggests | Environment

Badger cull linked to fall in bovine TB in two areas, study suggests | Environment

The culling of badgers in two areas of England has been linked to a marked decrease in new cases of bovine TB on farms, research suggests, bolstering farmers who support the culls. In Gloucestershire, the incidence of TB cases in cattle was two thirds lower after four years of badger culling than would have been […]

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Are millions of rats about to invade UK homes? | Environment

Are millions of rats about to invade UK homes? | Environment

In the pantheon of famous rats, there is Pizza Rat, Master Splinter from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and of course, Remy from Ratatouille. But there are the other rats, the ones that live a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs beneath floorboards or kitchen skirtings. You notice them only when you awaken on […]

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Humpback whale seen in Thames has died, says rescue service | World news

Humpback whale seen in Thames has died, says rescue service | World news

A humpback whale spotted in the Thames over the weekend has died, marine experts who were tracking its movements have said. Volunteers from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said they saw the body of the animal floating lifeless in the river near Greenhithe in Kent. BDMLR (@BDMLR) Terribly sad news that soon after 5pm […]

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The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost | Kenan Malik | Opinion

Should we save the Thames whale – or has it come to save us? | Environment

Reports of an apparently healthy-looking young humpback in the Thames suggests that it is not only humans who are intent on an environmental uprising. As the founding emblem of the modern green movements, it seems apt that this leviathan appears just in time to join this week’s Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. Not only that, but in […]

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Moose on the loose: officers rescue animal stuck in swimming pool | US news

Moose on the loose: officers rescue animal stuck in swimming pool | US news

A young moose that got stuck in a New Hampshire swimming pool has been successfully coaxed out. New Hampshire fish and game department biologists and conservation officers were called to a Bedford home Tuesday to help remove the young bull. Officers say he was unable to get himself out of the pool, so they put […]

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England’s national parks ‘must do more to protect nature’ | Environment

England’s national parks ‘must do more to protect nature’ | Environment

National parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty have not done enough to protect nature or welcome diverse visitors, and extra government funding must help drive radical change, according to a review. The independent review, commissioned by the former environment secretary Michael Gove, praises the work of England’s 44 “national landscapes”, including the Lake District […]

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California family find mountain lion lounging in their bathroom | US news

California family find mountain lion lounging in their bathroom | US news

In the photo, the lounging mountain lion looks almost shocked, as if caught mid-exclamation while yelling, “Get out!” Given the setting – a bathroom in a northern California home – no one could blame the big cat for wanting some privacy. But in this case, it was the lion that was the unwanted guest. On […]

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Outrage as blue shark is cooked and served at Plymouth Seafood festival | Environment

Outrage as blue shark is cooked and served at Plymouth Seafood festival | Environment

Conservationists have criticised an event during a seafood festival in which a shark was paraded through a British port city before being chopped up, cooked and served to onlookers. The blue shark, a near-threatened species, was hoisted in the air by two men and carried through Plymouth, Devon, before being deposited on a stage where […]

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