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Three dead sperm whales wash up on Skegness beach

Scientists believe whales are from same pod as one that died on a Norfolk beach and are worried about surviving membersThree dead sperm whales have washed up on a beach near Skegness. Crowds flocked to see the creatures, believed to be from the same po…

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Ancient pear tree in path of HS2 rail route wins Woodland Trust prize

250-year-old Cubbington pear named tree of the year after public vote but is set to be felled to make way for transport schemeThere is good news and bad news for the 250-year-old Cubbington pear tree, one of the oldest and largest wild pears in Britain…

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Listen and vote for your favourite sound of British summer by the sea

What sounds conjure up the seaside for you? From seagulls cawing to the soft splash of waves, the National Trust and British Libarary have launched a poll of 10 sounds to find the UK’s favouriteFor some people the sound of the UK coast is the crunch …

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Volunteers and drones to survey sites at risk on British coast

Project will evaluate 5,600 miles of English coastline, where some 70,000 archaeological sites are threatened by changing sea levels or coastal erosion A small army of volunteers, backed by drone technology, is being recruited to record and monitor the…

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Northern lights visit southern UK

Rare sightings of aurora borealis as far south as Essex and Jersey, with grand displays in Scotland and north-east England• Did you spot the northern lights? Send us your images• The northern lights illuminate the UK – in picturesFor one night on…

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Prehistoric forest arises in Cardigan Bay after storms strip away sand

Skeletal trees of Borth forest, last alive 4,500 years ago and linked to lost kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, appear at shorelineA prehistoric forest, an eerie landscape including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, has bee…

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Pay farmers for water management under CAP, says National Trust official

Soil management policy equally as important, says Peter Nixon, who has been warning of devastating floods for past decadeFarmers should be paid for water management under the common agricultural policy, according to a senior figure at the National Trus…

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UK floods: political blame game deepens as weather warnings persist

• Flood alerts covering entire south and south-west coasts• All rail links to West Country cut• Further weather warnings issued for week aheadWith forecasts of at least another week of gales and torrential rain, severe weather warnings and hundre…

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Volunteer army set up to examine archaeological sites uncovered by floods

Museum of London Archaeology wants to record items washed up in thousands of sites around the UKThe Museum of London Archaeology is recruiting a volunteer army of dog walkers, bird watchers, amateur historians and geology enthusiasts to help record sit…

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Orangutan made of junk highlights plight of the species

Sculptor Stephen Melton has carved each life-sized bone out of souvenir tat or timber scavenged from skipsStretched out mournfully on the floor of a studio in Kent, the skeleton of an orangutan lies surrounded by an eccentric circus parade of small ani…

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