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Brain sizes directly shown to correlate to survival rates among one of the most popular fish species
Celebrated author Professor Tim Birkhead provides a fascinating insight into a man overshadowed in his lifetime, but who pioneered everything we know today about the study of birds

Into the lions' den

Changing temperatures in East Africa are set to upset a delicate balance between wild lions and cattle herders

Bat signals

Scientists working with new drone technology are hoping to reveal the hidden secrets behind the bat’s uncanny navigation skills
The winner of the 2018 Whitley Gold Award is Pablo Garcia Borboroglu, founder of the Global Penguin Society
NGOs shine a light on the underreporting of wildlife crime and call for the keeping of better records of offences across England and Wales
Pioneering laser photography is being used by scientists on the west coast of Scotland to assess the health of the area’s marine life 

Hunting the hunters

The RSPB introduces a new hotline for reporting the unlawful killing of birds of prey
With the death earlier this week of the world’s last male northern white rhino, the sub-species has been brought worryingly close to extinction. The demise of 45-year-old ‘Sudan’ in Kenya also has significant consequences for conservation of the species as…
Half of animal species in world’s most biodiverse areas could face extinction as global temperatures soar
Four-year project to reestablish safe breeding grounds for seabirds on remote Scottish islands declared a success

The unusual soil-spects

First global atlas of soil bacteria reveals a small minority of species have dominated world soils
War and conservation have a complicated relationship, with two studies undertaken in Africa showing significantly different responses to conflict and the impact on natural environments
Threatened Californian owls are suffering from digesting rat poison administered to the state’s thousands of marijuana farms
Narwhals show a complex response to interaction with humans and it may be putting them at risk
A global campaign is underway to turn a huge area of the seas around Antarctica into the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary
Warm and humid conditions are found to be the trigger for a mysterious die-off of saiga antelopes
Overfishing and climate change are edging seabirds such as the Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet ever closer to extinction

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