Leaked report shows Scotland missed target for marine wildlife protection

Government document reveals decline in seabed habitats with protected status due to the climate crisis and overfishingThe Scottish government has failed to meet its target for preventing damage to important…

First polar bear born in UK in 25 years moved from Scotland to Yorkshire

Hamish leaves his mother in the Highlands to start new life with other males in reserveAs parts of northern England were covered in frost, Hamish – the first polar bear…

Huge spider assumed extinct in Britain discovered on MoD training site

Described as ‘gorgeous’ by the man who found it, the great fox-spider has not been seen since 1993One of Britain’s largest spiders has been discovered on a Ministry of Defence…

New sensor offers a window into the secret lives of Britain's rarest bats

Device makes it inexpensive to monitor sites previously too hazardous or difficult for volunteers to enter after darkThe secret lives of the UK’s rarest bats could be revealed thanks to…

Protecting nature is vital to ‘escaping era of pandemics’ – report

Halting destruction of wild places could slow frequency of deadly outbreaks, report saysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the…

Plans to dredge notorious ‘ship swallower' sandbank condemned

Removal of millions of tonnes of material from Goodwin Sands, the watery grave of hundreds of ships in the English Channel, would make a mockery of marine protection pledges, critics…

'We don't have time to lose': plans for coral ark to help save the world's reefs

The Biobank is an ambitious scheme to house 800 corals in a purpose-built facility in Port DouglasA Noah’s ark-like plan to house hundreds of the world’s most at-risk coral species…

The world's banks must start to value nature and stop paying for its destruction

As a new report spells out how financial institutions contribute to biodiversity loss, the clamour is growing for a new approachBanks lent $2.6tn linked to ecosystem and wildlife destruction in…

Banks lent £1.9tn linked to ecosystem and wildlife destruction in 2019 – report

Lack of policies regulating impact on natural world means finance industry effectively bankrolling biodiversity loss, analysis findsThe world’s largest investment banks provided more than $2.6tn (£1.9tn) of financing linked to…

Plans for £3.5bn theme park on Kent marsh dismay conservationists

London Resort planned for Swanscombe Peninsula despite site being home to rare species such as distinguished jumping spiderIt is the unlikeliest of planning battles: a fight between the distinguished jumping…

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