Blog about animals
Selected the best cow in Germany
Fishing ban proposed near Rockall after rare scientific finds
Life and death on the riverbank
Baboon shot dead after escaping from Knowsley Safari Park
Birdwatch: Peregrine falcon
Iceland's fin whales are endangered. Stop this bloody cull
The pitfalls of elderly dog insurance
Valley where Edward Carpenter, gay rights campaigner and socialist, walked
Green groups warn government of national parks hunting backlash
Demand for ivory destabilising central Africa
Dog walker found neighbour trampled by cows, inquest hears
Cat stands for election in Mexican city
I hear some hip cat's running for mayor in Mexico. That gives me an idea
Wader chick fever grips birds and spotters alike
Philippines destroys five tonnes of elephant tusks
The Dwyfor is surely one of the loveliest of Welsh rivers
New to nature No 107: Typhochlaena costae
How to beat the midges this summer
Controversial herring gull cull gets green light
Whaling's day in court is a sea change for conservation
Australia censures Japan for 'scientific' whaling
The young red deer stags were on their hind legs boxing, just like hares
Our garden's blackbirds started their nest-building early this year
UK wildlife and nature hit hard by erratic weather
  Selected the best cow in Germany
German cow Loh Nastygirl has been crowned the country's most beautiful bovine after charming judges in the northern city of Oldenburg this week. Nastygirl beat around 250 other candidates from Germany, Luxembourg and Austria to win the title of "Miss Germany" presented every two years by the German Holstein Association (DHV), an umbrella group representing 14 organisations dedicated to breeding the Holstein breed of cow.
  Fishing ban proposed near Rockall after rare scientific finds
Fishing is expected to be banned near the Atlantic islet of Rockall after a rare methane gas vent in the seabed and two new shellfish species were discovered by British scientists. The methane, which leaks through a so-called "cold seep" vent in the ocean floor, was found last year by scientists working with the government agency Marine Scotland. It is the first of its kind to be found near UK waters and only the third in the north-east Atlantic.
  Life and death on the riverbank
Perched above nettles on the side of the Great Ouse, a mayfly was resting her short life away. A year crawling at the bottom of the river had brought her to this, the sun-kissed coda as an adult that could be measured in hours. Her last costume change had produced a clear-winged insect that sat with forefeet thrust forward up a grass stem, body arched bow-like as if pulled taut by the sail on her back.
  Baboon shot dead after escaping from Knowsley Safari Park
A baboon was shot dead on Sunday when it escaped from Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside. The adult male was forced out of its enclosure, managing to climb over the perimeter fence, by a group of other males as it tried to protect its mate.
  Birdwatch: Peregrine falcon
They say that Norwich has a pub for every day of the year and a church for every Sunday, which certainly sounds like a recipe for a well-balanced life. And of all the city's churches, one towers both historically and literally above the rest: the magnificent Norman cathedral. This splendid building or to be precise, its slender spire is now home to the fastest creature on the planet: the peregrine falcon. Two years ago, a pair took up residence here, and last year they successfully bred for the first time, producing three chicks. This year they have gone one better, with a brood of four.
  Iceland's fin whales are endangered. Stop this bloody cull
Last night, Hvalur 8 and 9, two whaling vessels owned by millionaire entrepreneur Kristjan Loftsson, left Reykjavik harbour in Iceland, bound on a north-westerly course for the open Atlantic. Hvalur 8 was last logged at 64 degrees latitude, 23 degrees longitude before it went out of range of commercially available data. Together with its sister ship, its mission is to resume the harpooning and killing of fin whales, the second largest animal (after the blue whale) on Earth.
  The pitfalls of elderly dog insurance
It is so difficult to concentrate with a poorly, whimpering dog lying or tottering about. What a heartbreaking sound. My poor dog Violet has just had a foot operation. Upon her return home from hospital, she cried non-stop for eight hours, then intermittently through the night and next day. It's getting difficult for either of us to remain upright. Every couple of hours we hobble out for a mini-walkie, and as well as the worry about Violet's pain, boredom and misery, there's the added little worry about dog insurance. We have none.
  Valley where Edward Carpenter, gay rights campaigner and socialist, walked
Starting life, Millthorpe Brook tumbles off Flask Edge on the eastern fringe of Totley Moor and then buries itself in a deep-cut valley, travelling in a mile or so from austere grandeur to somewhere lush and secret. Tucked away on the edge of Sheffield, Millthorpe still feels remote, even though the suburban tide pushed out by postwar construction ends just over the hill among the housing estates of Totley and Dronfield.
  Green groups warn government of national parks hunting backlash
Environmental groups have forecast a huge public backlash to proposed logging, shooting and prospecting within national parks, after the government backed away from adding federal oversight to conservation areas. The Greens put forward an amendment to a government bill on protecting water tables from coal seam gas drilling that would have given the commonwealth greater power to protect national parks.
  Demand for ivory destabilising central Africa
The massacre of elephants has gone beyond being a problem for animal rights activists. It now concerns international institutions and governments at the highest level because it is perceived as a threat to political and economic stability in central Africa. Last month, the matter drew the attention of the African Development Bank in Marrakech, at an annual assembly that was also attended by African finance ministers. The bank's president, the Rwandan economist Donald Kaberuka, presented a global action plan addressing the problem along with the World Wildlife Fund.
  Dog walker found neighbour trampled by cows, inquest hears
A dog walker has described how she discovered her neighbour and neighbour's dog seriously injured after being trampled by a herd of cows. Sylvia Crawley, her husband Raymond and their dog Judy had been walking near the home in Chippenham, Wiltshire, when they spotted their neighbour, Sandra Wiltshire, lying in a field, her face and hands covered in mud. Wiltshire's golden labrador, Bruce, was also caked in mud and whimpering on the floor about nine metres (30ft) away.
'Wild' animals in travelling circuses benefit no one
The intoxicated world of the spotted flycatcher
Fishing quotas can be redistributed to favour smaller vessels high court
Madagascar battling worst locust plague since 1950s
A broody sparrow meets his match
Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt
The weird and wonderful world of the naked mole rat
Australian woman seriously injured during Spanish bull run
Spain's endangered Iberian lynx brought back from brink of extinction
One man and his sniffer dog help tackle Germany's hidden drug problem
The hotel that only takes dogs
T rex tooth found embedded in prey, restoring dinosaur's reputation
Bog cotton covers the summer Peak District moors in snow
Lifelike after death: the intricacies of a taxidermist's craft
The six-spot burnet moths complete their transformation
Research on animals in UK rises by 8% to exceed 4m procedures
Animal testing it's time to talk about it again
A pair of lithe animals are tumbling across the grass within feet of me
New to nature no 109: Anochetus hohenbergiae
England's ceremonial mayors eschew fur to support animal rights
Birdwatch: Corn bunting
Madrid declares war on plague of raccoon and parrot invaders
Snow leopards and wild yaks becoming 'fashion victims'
Horn seizure prompts rhinos warning
Threatened seabirds 'neglected' in plans for Scottish marine protected areas
Los Angeles campgrounds closed after plague-infected squirrel found
Only when I look down at the last second do I see it. I recoil instinctively
China's wine boom of little profit to giant pandas and small farmers
Let's not martyr the white-throated needletail to the anti-wind cause
Grasshopper breeder up for design award and educating western palates
Spanish national park could lose Unesco status over illegal boreholes
Dog mauls boy at primary school in Northern Ireland
Our dog walks are punctuated by the corn bunting's jingling ringtone
End in sight for painful branding of semi-wild moorland ponies
New to nature No 108: Carlia decora
Penguins support gorillas as biscuit makers respond to palm oil threat
Measuring carbon age in ivory could help combat poaching, study shows
How to survive a seagull attack
A walk by the river triggers memories of a bygone age
Whales flee from military sonar leading to mass strandings, research shows
Down among the grass stems, a ball of recently hatched orb-web spiderlings
Owen Paterson vows to rid England of bovine TB with badger culls
Gassing of badgers considered in plan to eradicate TB in cattle
Visitors to the Pamplona bull run have blood on their hands
Bats: they've never had it so good
These dew ponds have been on the Downs possibly since medieval times
Australian bushman claims to have footage of legendary night parrot
Secret badger shoots pose 'a risk to public safety'
Cheshire police seize dog believed to have killed Pomeranian
Whale watching season is back - but how close is too close?
Plan to ban wild animals in travelling circuses 'goes too far'
Morrissey donates Channel 4 payout to Peta campaign against foie gras