Martins are in steep decline now, but once their mud-cup nests, slung under eaves, were a familiar sight across Britain.
The so-called new nature writing has become a publishing phenomenon, but how much do its authors truly care about our wild places?
Banff National Park is home to many remarkable creatures but most evenings the talk around the bar and the dinner table usually returns to bears.
BBC Radio 4 and the Natural History Museum join forces in a weekly series called Natural Histories to tell the story of 25 species that changed the world.
A new study into baboon behaviour teaches us quite a lot about ourselves.
From the glorious July that I once spent deep in the Arctic Circle to the treacherous climate of central California.
For a few days every year in the Fal Estuary, primoses flower underwater. But that's not the only spectacular sight in the South West.
While the landscapes of Thoreau and Watkins have been preserved by their art, John Burnside finds the wilderness that once covered America neutralised.
In the bleak midwinter, there are few walks more energising.
“Dave the Weather” may seem comical - but many take his predictions seriously.
It is strange that the full terror of the volcano has rarely been harnessed for narrative purposes – most films about eruptions end up as camp disaster flicks.
The Nature Column by John Burnside.
Michael Brooks’s Science Column.
Staring into this powerful bird’s beady eye – its extraordinary face more African mask than that of a bird – I felt connected for a moment to something old and original.
The forest was where a traveller could become lost for ever and lose his rational bearings, as in the Arthurian tale of the Forest of Beguilement, a place, as Spenser puts it, full of “wayes unknowne”.
The aim of the voyage, and the play inspired by it, is to make “the unseen seen” and enhance understanding of what the chemicals we put into the sea and our own bodies are actually doing.
Dreadnoughtus schrani, which walked the earth 77 million years ago, is the largest land animal ever known – dwarfing such monsters as Diplodocus and Tyrranosaurus Rex.
Attributing emotions to birds is not a flight of fancy. Emotions are a feature of evolution: they arose to help creatures navigate the world safely and with maximum reward.
After a rather shaky start, the old Tempelhof Airport has come to be considered one of Berlin’s greatest success stories; it is certainly an inspiring example of direct democracy in action.
According to new research, city-dwelling spiders are larger and more fertile than their rural-dwelling relatives.
Rewilding means the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems. It involves letting trees return and allowing parts of the seabed to recover. Above all, it means bringing back missing species.
Britain’s avian population is the most watched in the world – but new studies show nature in retreat.
Breeding pandas in captivity is notoriously difficult. A scientist who worked on getting Tian Tian, a panda at Edinburgh Zoo, pregnant explains how you go about it.
Ah – the internet. One minute in which to arm myself with an encyclopaedic knowledge about frogs.
People have been wondering what stuff is made of since the beginning of time. Antelopes, by contrast, haven’t, writes John Lloyd.
Fossilised guides to what the earth was like millions of years ago are rare, and understanding water tracks can make a difference.
Given we had bought the house from friends, I consigned the pampas “fact” to a small compartment at the back of my mind…
Beavers are the new badgers as the government's decision to trap England's wild beavers causes outrage among wildlife lovers.
The tiny pieces of plastic that we throw away every year are forming a new layer of sedentary rock across the planet - just another sign of our careless attitude to waste.