birds
Scottish Sea Eagles Rehomed on the South Coast

A few descendants of the Norwegian sea eagles reintroduced to Scotland in the 1970s are about to be rehoused 500 miles or so further south, as a plan to repopulate the south coast of England with the massive white-tailed raptors has seen the first six birds released to find new homes on and around the Isle of Wight. Read More >>

plants
Local Councils Are Planting Wildflowers on Roadsides as Part of a Campaign to Restore the Countryside

If you've been noticing roundabout and roadside patches of grass looking prettier than usual, you're not the only one. It's part of a nationwide effort to restore the UK's dwindling wildflower meadows. Read More >>

hedgehog
New Road Signs Aim to Stop You Running Down Half the Cast of Animals of Farthing Wood

The department for transport has announced the introduction of a new road sign to stop you running over hedgehog-sized animals to combat their dwindling numbers. And to keep you safe, of course. Read More >>

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Watch Five Cheetahs Take Down a Wildebeest in a Heart-Pounding Exclusive Clip From Our Planet

The premise of Our Planet, Netflix’s new nature documentary, is to include humans in the story of Earth. It’s a radically simple concept, and one that makes sense given our increasingly major role in shaping the natural world. But at the end of the day, any David Attenborough-voiced documentary worth its salt better deliver the goods of stunning wildlife footage, too. Read More >>

science
How We Turned Gulls Into Trash Birds

For most of his life, British author and BBC radio producer Tim Dee has been a birdwatcher. But it’s not finches and sparrows that have captured his heart—it’s gulls, those large, squawking sea birds with a fondness for discarded chips. While many of us think of gulls as little more than flying rats, Dee is loves to study gull behaviour in landfills across Britain. He also helps to net and ring them for scientific research. Read More >>

animals
Mountain Lion Attacks Runner in Colorado, Runner Strangles It to Death

An unidentified man who was running on Horsetooth Mountain Open Space’s West Ridge Trail in Colorado, USA had a nasty encounter on with a juvenile cougar on Monday, which ended with the runner wounded and the animal strangled to death, the Coloradoan reported this week. Read More >>

lego
Massive Lego Cats Are Coming To Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo has unveiled its programme of activities for 2019, and it includes some badass Lego tigers. Read More >>

environment
Scientists Want to Eavesdrop on Tropical Forests to Save Them From Annihilation

Seeing the forest through the trees is so 2018. In the coming years, ecologists are planning to do a lot more listening through the trees in an effort to get a better handle on forest health. Read More >>

conservation
Despite Risks From Poachers, a Rare Albino Orangutan Is Released Back Into the Wild

A rare and particularly striking albino orangutan who was rescued from villagers in Borneo last year has been released back into the wild following successful rehabilitation. The 5-year-old female seems fit and ready to tackle the demands of forest life, but poaching remains a primary concern. Read More >>

art
The Watercolour Artist Whose Paintings Help Save Rainforests

Earlier this year, Peru established Yaguas National Park, a 2 million acre Amazonian preserve that’s both a biodiversity hotspot and a spiritual nexus for local indigenous people. Its protection was the culmination of a battle hard-fought by indigenous groups and their many supporters—including a watercolour painter at the Field Museum in the US city of Chicago, Illinois. Read More >>

animals
Damnit, Another 4 Critically Endangered Black Rhinos Have Died After Being Relocated

Efforts to save the critically-endangered black rhino appear cursed. Conservation nonprofit African Parks and South African National Parks, along with the governments of South Africa and Chad, confirmed Friday that two more black rhinos have died in Zakouma National Park in Chad. The news follows confirmation of two other rhino carcasses in the park in October. Read More >>

science
There Are More Tiger Types Than We Thought, New Genetic Analysis Reveals 

Tigers seem pretty straightforward: stripes, sharp claws, awe-inspiring grace wielded by hundreds of pounds of rippling muscle, etc. But new research on the big cats’ DNA is the latest indication that underneath that striking orange and black pelage, not all tigers are the same. Scientists are now reporting that tigers are broken up into six distinct subspecies spread out across Asia. Read More >>

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Security Camera Captures Five-Foot Python Falling From Bank Ceiling

What was probably a very boring meeting at a Chinese bank got a lot more exciting when a surprise reptilian guest dropped by. Read More >>

animals
Beadnose, the Fattest Bear of 2018, Is the Hero We Need Right Now

It is with equal parts sadness and joy that I must report that the end of Fat Bear Week is upon us and the fattest bear of them all has been decided. Read More >>

animals
Man Disqualified From Wildlife Photo Contest for Using a Stuffed Animal

The winner of a wildlife-themed photographic competition run by the Natural History Museum has been retrospectively kicked out, after concerned rival photographers spotted an alarming similarity between the anteater star of the victorious photo and a stuffed animal that welcomes guests in a park's visitor centre. Read More >>