World Wildlife Day photography competition finalists

Ten finalists capture the theme of ‘through young eyes’ in this young photographers’ competition that aims to engage youth around the world in wildlife conservation. The winner will be announced at noon EST in New York

A pretty pass: why France’s Col du Soulor is great for bikes and birding

Regularly part of the Tour de France route, this 1,474-metre Pyrenean pass is also bird of prey central in summer and autumn

National Geographic nature photographer of the year 2016 – in pictures

The annual National Geographic nature photographer of the year attracts thousands of entries from across the globe. Here’s a selection of the winning images

The Limerick Snake Hawk

Extract from Animals Evolution Avoided Legend has it that St Patrick removed all the snakes from Ireland. This theory has no real basis in fact. What’s more likely is that snakes were hunted to extinction by the highly efficient raptor called the Limerick Snake Hawk, the last of which died in Dublin Zoo in 1926Continue reading “The Limerick Snake Hawk”

Take the kids to … London Wetland Centre, Barnes

These wild acres are an oasis in busy south-west London – and even kids left cold by the many migrating birds will love the otters and adventure playground

The Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk

Extract from the book “Animals Evolution Avoided” During the evolution of the hawk species, one particular branch, the males of the Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk, started attacking other animals to satisfy their own vanity. The male Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk would build a nest in the traditional manner. It would then have to attract a mate. TheContinue reading “The Ecuadorian Squirrel Hawk”