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.
For generations, people on the periphery have watched their ways of life – often informed by deep wisdom and ancient traditions – being sacrificed for “resources” for those in central nations.
Nothing we can engineer has come close to replicating the placenta’s ability to act as the kidney, lungs, hormone source, nutrition channel and waste disposal unit for a growing foetus.
New research suggests that the human impact coincided with a natural decrease in population size.
The most recent snakebite death in the UK was in 1975. If only that were true elsewhere: snakebites kill up to 94,000 people and necessitate hundreds of thousands of amputations every year.
Don’t be fooled by its seas of scented acid-yellow blooms, the plant otherwise known as canola is one of the world’s most unethical crops.
An organised cull of grey squirrels could also be a culinary opportunity.
Nowadays, the area of study called “earth systems science” uses many ideas originally championed by Lovelock, though people are still allergic to the name Gaia.
The poet Jen Hadfield describes foraging for clams, cockles and mussels in spring on the Shetland shores.
The numbers of monarch butterflies are at a record low and a large part of this is because of the disappearance of the milkweed plant, eaten by caterpillars.
The author Katherine Swift gives us her reflection on spring, a time of the returning sun and fresh life in the garden.
As Jane Goodall turns 80, Henry Nicholls talks to her about her remarkable career studying chimpanzee behaviour, her animal welfare activism, and accusations of plagiarism in her latest book.
Notes by the former Gardeners’ Question Time chairman Stefan Buczacki.
From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.
The mutations of canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) promises to show how the tumours develop and respond to environmental pressures.
Green spaces, biodiversity and real lawns have all been shown to boost mental wellbeing.
CT scans and 3D printers are making it possible to see fossils that were previously inaccessible inside rock.
Scientists have discovered a preserved mosquito like the one from that dinosaur film for the first time, but alas, dino-cloning will still be impossible.
High Alpine meadows, like their near relatives prairie and wetland, teach us to consider the world from a fresh perspective.
Caroline Crampton talks to the polar explorer and climate scientist Felicity Aston, who in 2012 became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica.
The idea of “rewilding” the environment with depleted species seems sound. But, warns John Burnside, we mustn’t manipulate the world — which wasn’t built around us — just to suit our impractical fantasies.
The uselessness of wine labels.
In our Nature column, Sophie Elmhirst tips her toe along Dorset's Jurassic Coast to discover the reality of sea-swimming on home turf.
That we can see reverence for birds as old-fashioned or sentimental is merely another indicator of our own outmoded thinking with regard to human success, writes John Burnside.
Enjoy the warm, bright days while they last.
Diversity is a mark of richness and environmental health - and birds are its flag-bearers.
Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Caitlin Moran says that having fun - and having access to fluffy towels - makes all the difference.