After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse A decade ago, aged 22 and off my face on class A drugs and alcohol almost every day, I would never have seen myself where I am today and definitely wouldnt have dreamed that Bird Therapy that birds are consistent in a way that people rarely are and I stand by this. Too often, we are let down by those we believe care about us, but I know that if I look out of my kitchen window, my garden bird community will still be there. I also know that during spring, our returning breeding birds will travel across desert and …

Boar wars: how wild hogs are trashing European cities

The long read: They have become a menace in European cities. In Barcelona, where wild boar are jostling tourists and raiding rubbish bins, the fightback has begun Collserola Natural Park looms over Wildlife Services, a division of the US Department of Agriculture, who often does the shooting. But cheap on a per-pig basis. Because weve got so many pigs! The only thing to put a crimp in his kill rate was the recent federal government shutdown. We lost a month of flying, said Bodenchuk, which put them behind their kill targets. Barcelona takes a different approach. Shortly after the calamitous 2013 police shooting, the city hired a team of veterinary scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). The vets …

Canada: endangered orca pod produces its first calf in three years

Researchers spotted newborn off the west coast of British Columbia on 31 May as the last successful calving occurred in 2016 A pod of endangered killer whales on Canadas west coast has produced its first calf in three years, a promising sign for the really excited by the orange hue of the calf (which will eventually turn white) as well as the presence of foetal folds on its skin, indicating a recent birth. The pod has chinook populations have collapsed in recent years, the whales have also experienced a string of deaths, putting pressure on the ageing population. The discovery of the new calf was confirmed by the Centre for Whale Research, a non-governmental organisation which tracks the health of …