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School for female shepherds aims to restore balance in Spain’s countryside

As more women leave rural areas for cities, course forms part of drive to revive villagesThe rugged pathways crisscross Spain, sprawling across an estimated 1% of its territory. Etched into the land over centuries, the...

One of world’s rarest toads bred in captivity for first time in Manchester

One of the world's rarest toads has been bred in captivity for the first time, thanks to the scientists at Manchester Museum.The critically endangered variable harlequin toad, Atelopus varius, lives deep in the central American...

The Guardian view on moth-watching pleasure: the pest and the beauty | Editorial

These insects have declined by a third over 50 years. While their appetites can be a nuisance, ultimately we must protect these gloriously beautiful, elusive creatures “Night opens; night traversed by wandering moths; night hiding...

Toronto lockdown brings humans and raccoons together – neither’s happy

Raccoon attacks on residents are up 62% as some people act ‘foolish’ but others are enjoying seeing their furry neighboursDisrupted sleeping schedules, noisy neighbours and a world that looks unrecognizable: the coronavirus pandemic has been...

Bloom time: my day picking daffodils against the clock

It's the kind of day when the cloud is so thick that a heavy greyness hangs in the air. But not in the fields of Fentongollan Farm in Cornwall, where swathes of yellow roll down...

Swooping, soaring, murmurating: why the skies are full of starlings

Driving through Ripon, North Yorkshire, last week, Hayley Blaymires was surprised to see thousands of birds swoop in spectacular formations across the sky.She had heard people talking about starling murmurations, which this year have been...