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Pine marten spotted in Kielder forest for first time in 90 years

Fearsome predator was extinct in England but Scottish relatives have crossed the border and set up home in Northumberland

The pine marten, a fearsome but diminutive predator driven to extinction in England, has returned to the country’s largest forest for the first time since 1926.

Stills and video from a camera trap have recorded a mature pine marten devouring peanut butter put out for red squirrels at a secret location in Kielder forest, Northumberland.

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Badger campaigners lose high court battle to limit cull

Wildlife campaigner Tom Langton claims the culls themselves risk making bovine TB epidemic worse

Badger culling will be extended across England on an open-ended basis, conservationists have warned, after the high court rejected a challenge to the legality of the government’s policy.

Licences to allow badger culling to continue in particular areas beyond a four-year period are legal, ruled Mr Justice Cranston, rejecting a challenge brought by the independent ecologist Tom Langton.

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Extreme temperatures 'especially likely for next four years'

Cyclical natural phenomena that affect planet’s climate will amplify effect of manmade global warming, scientists warn

The world is likely to see more extreme temperatures in the coming four years as natural warming reinforces manmade climate change, according to a new global forecasting system.

Following a summer of heatwaves and forest fires in the northern hemisphere, the study in the journal Nature Communications suggests there will be little respite for the planet until at least 2022, and possibly not even then.

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Plastic, warm seas and propellers – the Cornwall turtle is a modern parable

The leatherback beached on Sunday has revealed the multiple ways mankind threatens marine life. It is a sad tale of our mindless economic progress

It’s a beachcomber’s nightmare: an enormous leatherback turtle slumped on a Cornish strand. The 1.8-metre-long animal, discovered on Sunday at Marazion beach, has since been necropsied (an animal autopsy) by researchers from the University of Exeter, who found plastic in its stomach. Leatherbacks, like other endangered marine turtles, rely largely on jellyfish for food, and a billowing bag in the water can look very similar. The university reports that it has found plastic in “almost all” of the turtles it has examined. It estimates that 1,000 turtles die each year as a result.

But this casualty died after a collision with a boat. Prof Brendan Godley, one of the scientists leading the investigation, noted: “Prior to her death she was in good condition and had eaten relatively soon before dying. She showed no obvious entanglement injuries but had deep cuts across her shell that are consistent with propeller wounds.”

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Warm weather brings freshwater jellyfish to Cheshire canal

Tiny jellyfish species normally found in the Yangtze basin in China sighted in British canal

First came the wasps, exotic sharks and marauding seagulls. Now the long hot summer has revealed another initially alarm-inducing animal in British waters – or more precisely, in the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Freshwater jellyfish normally native to the Yangtze basin in China have been spotted swimming in the waters near Bridge 23 of the canal between Middlewich and Winsford, according to the Canal & River Trust.

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