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Lost history of brown bears in Britain revealed

Image copyright Hannah O’Regan Image caption The jaw of a bear from Foxhole Cave, Derbyshire A new study reveals the hidden history of brown bears in Britain, suggesting they still roamed wild 1,500 years ago. The research raises two scenarios. Either “native bears” went extinct around the early Middle Ages, or they disappeared some 3,000 […]

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'The ocean is my home – and it's being trashed'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSteve, Connor and Sarah: “Fleet science can accelerate knowledge and awareness” “If you opened your curtains in the morning and found that the grass was scorched, somebody had dumped a load of rubbish in your garden and animals were eating it – you’d be appalled. But’s that’s […]

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Shark sighted off Majorca: First great white

Image copyright EPA Image caption Scientists with Spanish conservation group Alnitak recorded the shark for over an hour For the first time in more than 40 years, a great white shark has been recorded swimming off the Spanish Mediterranean island of Majorca. A wildlife conservation group captured footage of the shark wandering around the Cabrera […]

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Seal baby boom hope for Thames

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKnowing the number of seals is a good indicator of the Thames Estuary’s health Sixty years ago the Thames Estuary was regarded as “biologically dead” and largely devoid of wildlife. But, in recent years seals have returned to the Thames as well as to the coastal and […]

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Are captive dolphins 'happy'?

Scientists working with dolphins at a French marine park have tried to measure how the mammals feel about aspects of their lives in captivity. In what researchers say is the first project to examine captivity “from the animals’ perspective”, the team assessed what activities dolphins looked forward to most. The BBC’s science correspondent Victoria Gill […]