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They’re colourful, accessible and popular, and many are expanding their ranges into and across the British Isles. We uncover more about the changing fortunes of some of Britain’s favourite insects.
With birdsong in full force and summer knocking on the door, there’s plenty to discover this month.
In May, the quiet coastal town of Whyalla bursts into life as thousands of Australian giant cuttlefish gather offshore to breed.
On the trail of wolves
Much of the Italian landscape has long been bereft of wolves. Now, a burgeoning population is reclaiming old haunts.
Across the world, land that has been used and abandoned by humans is being recolonised by the plants and animals that were there in the first place. Cal Flyn highlights ten hotspots where wildlife is thriving among the ruins.
The conservationist discusses the much-anticipated UK Environment Bill and invites your thoughts on the subject.
MIKE DILGER'S WILDLIFE WATCHING
In his series of great places to watch wildlife in the UK, the star of BBC One’s The One Show this month heads for upland watercourses, which hold many unexpected surprises not found in their lowland counterparts.
Many insects are easy to miss in the melee of summer buzzing. Our eyes and ears become bamboozled by the gaudy and gallant – butterflies, dragonflies, bees, beetles – and we overlook the more subtle species. But low-key insects, such as this month’s dipteran delight, are worth seeking out.
Tales From The Bush Befriended By A Fox
A change of scene saw Chuck Graham form an unexpected bond with one of his new neighbours – a wild island fox.
Bringing Back The Tiger
Just over a decade ago, leaders of all 13 tiger range countries came together in a bold and inspiring pledge to save this iconic big cat. Their pledge? To double tiger populations by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger. So, with seven months to go, who is on track to deliver?
AMAZON WINS EU COURT FIGHT OVER $300 MILLION TAX RULING
In the latest setback to European Union efforts to tackle corporate tax avoidance, a court on Wednesday annulled a ruling by the European Commission that a tax deal between Amazon and Luxembourg’s government amounted to illegal state support.
EU PROPOSES RULES FOR HIGH-RISK ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE USES
European Union officials unveiled proposals for reining in high-risk uses of artificial intelligence such as live facial scanning that could threaten people’s safety or rights.
Hands Off My Football Team!
The European Super League followed a model shaped in the U.S. Opposition from fans scuttled the idea
STARVING FOR MORE CHIPS IN A TECH-HUNGRY WORLD
As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips that power a wide range of products that connect, transport and entertain us in a world increasingly dependent on technology.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
The usurper has come
Luxury Summer Hideaways and Boltholes in Europe
Venture out in Vienna, a city of opulence and grace.
COUNTRIES URGE DRUG COMPANIES TO SHARE VACCINE KNOW-HOW
In an industrial neighborhood on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s largest city lies a factory with gleaming new equipment imported from Germany, its immaculate hallways lined with hermetically sealed rooms. It is operating at just a quarter of its capacity.
EPIC GAMES FILES EU ANTITRUST COMPLAINT AGAINST APPLE
Epic Games said it filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with European Union regulators, opening a new front in its war with the tech giant over app store payments.
A CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH LEAPY LEE
On vacation on the Costa del Sol in Spain, I happened across an English language newspaper named The Euro Weekly News. There was an article signed by Leapy Lee. I wondered, “How many Leapy Lees can there be in this world?” An email address was attached. I contacted him and indeed, it was the British singer of “Little Arrows” fame. “Little Arrows,” an international country rock hit in 1968, made it to No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold three million copies worldwide. I set out to find what Leapy Lee has been doing since 1968.