Having a flutter: a lack of food for butterfly larvae has eaten into numbers. Photo: Getty
Butterflies are beautiful but we need to love their larvae too
By Michael Brooks - 30 April 10:00

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.

Image: Laura Carlin
Waiting for the bees and the blossom of the cherry plum
By Katherine Swift - 29 April 9:12

The author Katherine Swift gives us her reflection on spring, a time of the returning sun and fresh life in the garden. 

Jane Goodall: “I don't think anyone who knows me could accuse me of plagiarism”
By Henry Nicholls - 01 April 11:00

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.

Prince Philip looks on as David Cameron plants an oak tree in the grounds of Chequers, February 2014. (Photo: Getty)
Squashed by two fat ladies, Churchill’s choice of oak and “Crinks” the lost Liberal
By Stefan Buczacki - 27 March 10:00

Notes by the former Gardeners’ Question Time chairman Stefan Buczacki.

Majestic flight: hawks have been considered sacred in cultures throughout history.
Hawk eyed: how to write about birds of prey
By John Burnside - 20 March 10:00

From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.

The sexually transmitted dog cancer that could tell us how tumours develop
By Michael Brooks - 11 February 13:30

The mutations of canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) promises to show how the tumours develop and respond to environmental pressures.

If we want to be happy, should we all move to the country?
By Martha Gill - 30 January 13:47

Green spaces, biodiversity and real lawns have all been shown to boost mental wellbeing.

Resurrecting dinosaurs with medical scanners and 3D printers
By Shireen Chan - 28 November 9:52

CT scans and 3D printers are making it possible to see fossils that were previously inaccessible inside rock.

Finding a blood-filled mosquito doesn't mean we can recreate Jurassic Park
By Ian Steadman - 15 October 15:50

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.

The highest ground pulsates with life
By John Burnside - 12 September 10:50

High Alpine meadows, like their near relatives prairie and wetland, teach us to consider the world from a fresh perspective.

Felicity Aston: "My life so far has been quite woven up with Antarctica"
By Caroline Crampton - 28 August 8:24

Caroline Crampton talks to the polar explorer and climate scientist Felicity Aston, who in 2012 became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica.

New Statesman
Rewilding: Who are we to dictate what species live where?
By John Burnside - 28 August 7:21

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.

Recline with wine.
We search in vain for a message on the bottle
By Nina Caplan - 15 August 6:30

The uselessness of wine labels.

A beach in Dorset.
Sea swims in England are all rocks, cliffs and shingle
By Sophie Elmhirst - 07 August 11:00

In our Nature column, Sophie Elmhirst tips her toe along Dorset's Jurassic Coast to discover the reality of sea-swimming on home turf.

New Statesman
Winged messengers: The precarious lives of birds
By John Burnside - 04 August 9:51

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.

Leader: Summer loving
By New Statesman - 25 July 8:23

Enjoy the warm, bright days while they last.

Follow the flight of the blackpoll warbler
By Ruth Padel - 11 July 8:17

Diversity is a mark of richness and environmental health - and birds are its flag-bearers.

Caitlin Moran on what makes us human: Sorry, snow monkeys – we win
By Caitlin Moran - 27 June 9:39

Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, Caitlin Moran says that having fun - and having access to fluffy towels - makes all the difference.

Learning the locusts’ lesson
By John Burnside - 20 June 9:49

We depend on insects for our existence, yet we abuse them casually.

A tree.
Our ash trees are dying, but don't despair: catastrophes are natural events in the lives of trees
By Richard Mabey - 07 June 12:44

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.

Woodland near Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards: Where does all this rhapsodising over badgers and briar get us?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 30 May 12:39

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

Hope is a thing with feathers
By Ruth Padel - 30 May 11:23

Birds are all around us. They appear and disappear; they go between worlds as we never can.

Leader: The silence of the bees
By New Statesman - 30 May 8:32

We should fight for the honeybee's survival.

The tree of secrets, shadows and scents
By John Burnside - 26 March 14:58

In praise of the magnolia.

To see a live flamingo is to understand elegance
By John Burnside - 14 March 8:00

Gravity is not just a limitation, but a potential partner in exploring the world.

Crufts: Making dogs suffer for "beauty"
By Mimi Bekhechi - 06 March 14:21

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.

Reviewed: Field Notes from a Hidden City by Esther Woolfson
By Richard Mabey - 28 February 12:46

Where the wild things are.

Learning not to despair when the rot sets in
By Alice Oswald - 20 February 7:52

What's the difference between rot and decay?

China uses half the world's coal, but we still need to lead on climate change
By Alex Hern - 01 February 13:04

It's no use waiting for developing nations to make the first move. We'll fiddle while Rome drowns.

Don’t be afraid of the big, bad wolf
By John Burnside - 31 January 11:09

We are living without the sense of the shamanic and the transformational that our forebears found vital for survival.