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Legal fight begins to save family of beavers in Devon

<b>Campaigners have begun legal action to prevent the government from capturing a family of wild beavers in Devon.</b><p>Friends of the Earth said because groups already live in the wild in Scotland, the beavers are protected in England under EU laws.<p>The River Otter beavers are believed to be the only wild …

California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers

<b>Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels.</b><p>Scientists say this is the only population of blue whales to have rebounded from the ravages of whaling.<p>The research team estimate that there are now 2,200 of these giant …

Breakthrough hope for MS treatment as scientists discover how to 'switch off' autoimmune diseases

• <b>Team at Bristol University have described their work as a 'breakthrough'</b>• <b><br>Discovered a way to stop cells from attacking healthy body tissue</b>• <b><br>Conditions</b> …

Wildflower meadow protection plan 'backfires'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1105000/1105462_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524720513_fd73035a7b872df61a805d571fed3188<p><b>A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog Natural England.</b><p>Some 98% of English …

Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

<b>Those with type 1 diabetes often say having the condition is like having a second job such is the stress of monitoring their blood sugar levels and administering doses of insulin.</b><b>Now a group of researchers in the US say they have developed the first bionic pancreas that works in the real world</b> …

Google reveals home delivery drone program Project Wing

Google has become the latest tech giant to get into the drone business.<p>The company announced late on Thursday that its advanced-research arm, Google X, is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. Amazon announced a similar scheme to great fanfare but little actual progress late last year.<p>The …

Artificial blood that’s better than the real thing

Each week on the BBC World Service programme The Forum, a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week, …

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Madagascar pochard, world's rarest bird, needs new home

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1103000/1103606_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524673231_5a34b8fdcb7e0b66c31857d553da67bf<p><b>The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird, will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home.</b><p>This is according to a study revealing that 96% of …

Star-crossed wolves produce litter of seven

Photograph: All Canada Photos/Alamy/Alamy<p>Slavc and Juliet have bred for the second year in succession. (These are not their cubs by the way, but are here just to give you something nice to look at). Photograph: All Canada …

UK's deep sea mountain life filmed

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1097000/1097815_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524720511_af94accb284c4b4fc47355cc3815ea6b<p><b>Scientists have sent a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK's three undersea mountains, known as seamounts.</b><p>The Hebrides …

Tansy beetle sighted in Cambridgeshire Fens for first time in 40 years

<b>A critically endangered beetle has been spotted in Cambridgeshire for the first time in more than 40 years.</b><p>The 9mm (0.35in) iridescent tansy beetle was found during a ditch survey at the Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve, near Huntingdon.<p>Dr Peter Kirby, who found the beetle, said its first …

Crane chicks reintroduced to UK

Five years ago, an ambitious project to reintroduce cranes to the British countryside began. The birds are thought to have been extinct in the UK for centuries.<p>Now almost 100 crane chicks have been brought over from Germany and are being readied for release.<p>John Maguire reports.

Chesil Beach little terns' 'most successful year'

<b>Breeding seabirds at a Dorset beach have had their "most successful year since records began", the RSPB has said.</b><p>Chesil Beach had a colony of 33 pairs of little terns this year, with 60 chicks making it to fledging.<p>The colony is watched round the clock by volunteers who have improved breeding …

Warts and all: Bid to save rare natterjack toads in Scotland

<b>Scientists are building up a photographic database of the rare and endangered natterjack toad, in a bid to ensure its survival in Scotland.</b><p>They are relying on each toad's unique pattern of warts to enable them to identify individual animals.<p>That information will then be used by researchers …

Hen harriers and profitable grouse shooting 'can co-exist'

<b>Research carried out at the University of Aberdeen suggests hen harriers can co-exist with profitable grouse shooting.</b><p>Scientists have developed a model showing the densities at which the birds can survive together.<p>The study found that in areas where hen harriers breed at levels that have a …

Pesticide ban call to save bees

<b>MSPs have called on ministers to ban certain pesticides during a Holyrood debate on the plight of bees.</b><p>SNP MSP Angus MacDonald tabled a motion calling for action to "reduce pesticides that harm pollinators".<p>The Scottish Wildlife Trust believes pesticides known as neonicotinoids are partly to blame …

Osprey pair nest at Roudsea Wood Nature Reserve in Cumbria

<b>A pair of rare ospreys have nested at a nature reserve in Cumbria for the first time, conservationists have revealed.</b><p>Two male chicks have already been spotted by staff at Natural England's Roudsea Wood and Mosses Nature Reserve, near Ulverston.<p>Experts now hope the birds, which are known to be …

Porlock Bay rare species found in marine study

<b>For the first time in 30 years, marine life in Porlock Bay, in Somerset, has been studied by divers for a scientific survey commissioned by the Wildlife Trusts.</b><p>Four professional divers took part in the study where they unexpectedly found two different and diverse sea bed habitats.<p>Crustaceans such …

Whole organ 'grown' in world first

<b>A whole functional organ has been grown from scratch inside an animal for the first time, say researchers in Scotland.</b><p>A group of cells developed into a thymus - a critical part of the immune system - when transplanted into mice.<p>The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, could pave the way to …

Tissue engineering: Grow your own smart organs

Robert Langer thinks one day we could grow tissues and organs from our cells, which contain sensors that can alert you when illness is about to strike.<p>The idea behind tissue engineering is that you take plastics, add cells to it, and if you use the right kind of plastics and the right structure and …

Italian authorities urged not to kill bear who attacked man in woods

Environmentalists in Italy have urged authorities in the northern province of Trentino not to capture or kill a brown bear that attacked a man on Friday.<p>Daniele Maturi, 38, was reportedly foraging for mushrooms in the woods near Pinzolo in the heart of the Dolomite mountains when he was set upon by …

European Rewilding Network now consists of 34 members in 18 countries

Wild beaver kits born in Devon, UK and a petition going on to save them

At least three young beavers were born to the family of two adult and one immature European beavers that earlier this year were spotted living on the …

How reintroducing wolves helped save a famous park

Wolves had been absent from Yellowstone National Park for more than 70 years when they were reintroduced in the 1990s – and their return had some surprising benefits.<p>Wolves were once the top predator in America’s world-famous Yellowstone National Park. But the population was eradicated in the …