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Long-tailed tits help each other out
Long-tailed tits which lose their eggs or young may help to feed neighbours' chicks, researchers have found. But the degree to which they'll co-operate varies from year to year.
Asian elephants that reproduce at a younger age are more likely to die younger
Researchers wanted to understand what causes differences in the reproductive success of the endangered elephants.
Cat survey reveals impact on birds
Some pet cats are killing a lot of birds around the UK, a new study shows. Most don't do much harm, but millions of marauding felines add up to what could be a serious problem for the nation's wildlife.
British birds may be learning to use invasive wasps as key food source, research suggests
Biologists have found that blue tits, great tits and other native birds have learnt to peck away the tips of the galls formed by invading oak gall wasps and eat the juicy larvae inside, which are rich in protein. This helps ...
Changing climate may leave some species homeless
As oceans warm some species may be forced to find new habitats or face extinction, scientists say.
Hot days cooled by growth in grasslands
Our changing use of the land may have been taking the edge off hot days, scientists say.
Scientists identify top conservation threats and opportunities
Governments being forced to choose between preventing climate change or averting a financial crisis, carbon solar cells as an alternative source of energy and accelerated loss of rhinos and elephants are among 15 conservation ...
Warming waters take their toll on Antarctic shellfish
Shells that spent decades sitting ignored in a Welsh museum have shown scientists that climate change is seriously harming ecosystems around Antarctica.
Studies highlight differences between banned pesticides
Two separate studies have added new weight to the idea that some varieties of controversial neonicotinoid pesticides are less harmful to bees than others.
Grey squirrels stop garden birds using feeders
The presence of grey squirrels at standard, hanging bird feeders cuts the number of birds visiting them by a huge 98 per cent, the latest study reveals.