POLL: Can legalised trade save Africa’s last rhinos from poaching?

Time is fast running out for the rhinoceros. In their final stronghold of South Africa, rampant poaching for horn threatens to wipe out the last 20,000 southern white rhinos in less than two decades. Among conservation scientists, there is deep uncertainty over how best to respond to the poaching crisis. Many express reserved support for […]

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Video: Drones playing a crucial part in helping Spanish Ibex goats

High above the forest of the Sierra de las Nieves there is a saviour in the sky. It is s drone on a medical mission. Below it roam the Iberian wild goats known as the Spanish Ibex. But the population is being ravaged by scabies – sarcoptes scabiei is the medical name. It is a […]

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Climate change already forcing world’s birds towards poles, says report

The world’s birds have begun flocking towards the earth’s north and south poles and upwards to higher ground as climate change begins to transform their habitats, a new report has found. One quarter of 570 bird species studied globally have been affected negatively by climate change, while 13% have responded positively, says the study by […]

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Waders at low tide – Al Khobar Sea Front

I had a couple of spare hours between dropping the family off and picking them up again in town so went to the Al Khobar Sea Front. This area allows views over the tidal mud flats and when the tide is in can hold thousands of birds. The tide was completely out when I went […]

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POLL: Should wolves be rewilded in other countries?

Wolves have returned to a large national park on the outskirts of Warsaw, decades after they were wiped out there under a hunt launched by the communist authorities. “We’re really happy,” said Magdalena Kamińska, spokeswoman for the 150sq mile (385sq km) Kampinos national park, Poland’s second largest. “The fact that wolves have returned to our […]

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Twitcher shocked by rare eagle owl landing on the back of his head

A twitcher – that’s a bird-watcher to me and you – was looking out for a magnificent and rare eagle-owl in the Netherlands when he got a massive shock. The bird he was looking out for came really close to him! Too close, in fact – it landed on the back of his head, as […]

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Photographer finally takes perfect shot of kingfisher after 720,000 attempts

Alan McFadyen, who has been an avid wildlife photographer since 2009, just captured a photo that he has spent 6 years trying to get. By his count, it took him 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos to get a perfect shot of a kingfisher diving straight into the water without a single splash. “The photo I […]

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