Wildlife

My battle of the bulb

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The streetlighting engineer walked up and down outside my house trying to work out who was right: me, or my…

Why it’s boom time for bitterns

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Bitterns are booming, both literally and metaphorically. These handsome brown birds from the heron family make a noise quite unlike…

Is the adder slithering towards extinction?

3 April 2021 9:00 am

In early April, when the chiffchaff sings its drab little song in the leafless hawthorns, something is stirring in the…

We’re spending lockdown defending a family of mice

11 July 2020 9:00 am

 Austin My first Independence Day in the US for many years. Usually I’d be in Paris avoiding Texas heat. My…

Are you a lockdown eel or a pygmy goat?

23 May 2020 9:00 am

I identify strongly with the garden eels in the Tokyo aquarium. Pre-corona, they were perfectly sociable. Come opening hour, when…

Vegans are brave – and they have a point

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

It was a clear and icy night at home in Derbyshire last week. I love these times and, before bed,…

The commercialisation of shooting may kill the whole sport

12 October 2019 9:00 am

A few years ago I was sitting on the sofa at Sandringham enjoying a ham sandwich with the Queen’s then-head…

Why we should listen to elephants

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   ‘An elephant has fallen over,’ said the man running up to me. My first thought was that…

Wildlife obsessives must learn when to back off

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Richmond Park is an eerie place at this time of year. It’s not just that it’s the deer rutting season,…

All hail the return of the crane

6 October 2018 9:00 am

The RSPB regularly gets calls from people who have seen ‘a funny bird’. ‘It’s got a red head and it’s…

Building artificial beauty spots to protect nests is a bird-brained idea

13 January 2018 9:00 am

While walking or riding on the beautiful heathland near my home, I have noticed a growing number of signs telling…

The heartbreaking story of Pecky, a young green woodpecker

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Ever since I was a child, I’d always yearned to see a green woodpecker. With its scarlet cap and lime-green…

The biggest threats to gorillas (Cincinnati Zoo not included)

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Gorilla warfare Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was shot at Cincinnati Zoo after he started dragging away a boy aged four…

What do we gain by burning ivory?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Burning stockpiles of ivory was meant to wipe out poaching. After nearly 30 years, is it working?

Snakes, kookaburras and bandicoots: a garden in Australia’s rainforest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

What you can see from a tin house in the Australian rainforest

Your guide to the coming moth invasion

2 April 2016 9:00 am

After this mild winter, you can expect a clothes-ruining epidemic. They’ve already got my best suit

‘I could do many things... but I could not listen to Bach’

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Six years ago, on Good Friday, the journalist Melanie Reid was thrown off her horse while on a cross-country ride…

The noisy, filthy, scary glory of geese

5 March 2016 9:00 am

They’re noisy, filthy, scary – and glorious. No wonder we have such complicated feelings about them

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

How humanity learned to love them – and what we learned about ourselves in the process

Henry Worsley and the annals of heroic British failure

30 January 2016 9:00 am

So near and yet so far Henry Worsley died in a Chilean hospital of peritonitis after being airlifted from Antartica,…

Red sky of warning: Elephants and Cape buffaloes cross the Luangwa River

The Luangwa is far from being a happy valley

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Simon Barnes opens with a presumably true idea, that we are all in search of our own versions of paradise…

The glories of the Galapagos

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Robin Oakley on what to see in the Galapagos – if you can

The joy of winter birdwatching (and how it’s changing)

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Our harsh December days are a temperate escape for some gorgeous birds

Sand that might be mistaken for Caribbean

Anglesey: la dolce vita in north Wales

24 October 2015 9:00 am

We teased our friends by saying that our holiday would be on a far-away island. The Maldives, perhaps? No, Anglesey,…

Just how tough a sentence was 14 years for Libor-rigging?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Rogue traders Former UBS trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years for rigging the Libor market. How long could…