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One of the largest rodents in the world is big news in British conservation. Gillian Burke of BBC Two's Winterwatch has been inspired by the latest beaver reintroduction project in Cornwall.
See nature through the seasons with Helen Ahpornsiri's art made from hand-pressed petals and leaves. 
Naturalist and author Dominic Couzens shares three destinations where wildlife thrives and people are scarce. 
Our nature reserves exclude a large percentage of the population. Too often, those with a disability still can’t enjoy the wild places that they may help fund. But improving access isn’t rocket science, says Bo Beolens.
Margaret Morse Nice
All too often the world of birds is associated mainly with men. Jo Wimpenny remembers some brilliant but overlooked women who advanced our knowledge of birds.
Female olive ridley turtles arrive on a beach to lay their eggs
As day breaks, waves of turtles sweep across the Costa Rican sand in a spectacle repeated millions of times in the history of the Earth. 
A red fox in the snow in Abashiri Shiretoko National Park
Sociality, adaptability, loyalty: the traits that endear dogs to us also underpin the extraordinary success of their wild cousins. Steve Harris reveals how canids rose to global domination.
A black-backed jackal in the grassland of the Masai Mara National Reserve
In the jackal’s world, mum and dad stay together for life and their offspring are always eager to help. Patricia Moehlman can’t help but admire these amazing animals.
David Attenborough on Charles Darwin article spread
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species – and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin – Sir David Attenborough talked exclusively to Fergus Collins about the man who revolutionised our understanding of the natural world – and ourselves. 
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