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.
We depend on insects for our existence, yet we abuse them casually.
Dutch elm disease is a tragic thing to watch, but we shouldn't be too gloomy. Woody vegetation responds, adapts, regroups. What emerges in its recovery stage may not be the same as before, but it will always be a vital, dynamic, arboreal community.
Since Roger Deakin and Robert Macfarlane's success, it is now even possible to take an MA in “wild writing” at the University of Essex. Along with Mumford & Sons, The Great British Bake Off and real-ale microbreweries in Shoreditch, it feels like a sympto
Birds are all around us. They appear and disappear; they go between worlds as we never can.
We should fight for the honeybee's survival.
In praise of the magnolia.
Gravity is not just a limitation, but a potential partner in exploring the world.
Competitions like Crufts encourage breeders to manipulate dogs' bodies as if they were modelling clay. Even dogs who will never set foot in a show ring suffer because of it.
Where the wild things are.
What's the difference between rot and decay?
It's no use waiting for developing nations to make the first move. We'll fiddle while Rome drowns.