Outrage over rare bird killed ‘for science’
It took over a century to find the moustached kingfisher. But moments after the first photographs were taken of the elusive bird, it was killed for research. Can the decision be justified?
Storms gather as Charles visits drowned Somerset
Two months of flooding have turned tracts of Somerset into a vast lake. Locals are angry and in despair. Should we return these borrowed lands back to nature?
Bird extinctions to ‘lay waste the human heart’
A new book charts the 30,000-year relationship between humans and birds in stunning detail. Now many bird species face extinction. This, warns author Mark Cocker, would be tragic for humans too.
Songbirds found using secret code to spot invaders
An Australian scientist has discovered an extraordinary evolutionary trick. Superb fairy-wrens, victimised by parasitic cuckoos, have learnt to defend themselves using secret passwords.
Birds, bears and mammoths – coming soon?
A UK revival for the world’s heaviest flying bird is being funded by the EU. Now other extinct species could be on their way back.