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A colourful parakeet

Are the ring-necked parakeets in West Bromwich to stay?

In deepest West Bromwich our gardens are now visited by ring-necked parakeets. With their noisy squawks, bright green plumage and parrot plumpness they bring a tropical touch to our northern climes.

Help The Royal Society of Biology record the insect population

Speckled wood butterfly
The Royal Society of Biology are asking people to be on the look out for insects and to vote for their favourite species.

Don't be Gullible in Cornwall

A gull
If you are about to take a holiday in Cornwall beware - the gulls there are said to be on the warpath.

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A colourful parakeet

Are the ring-necked parakeets in West Bromwich to stay?

In deepest West Bromwich our gardens are now visited by ring-necked parakeets. With their noisy squawks, bright green plumage and parrot plumpness they bring a tropical touch to our northern climes.

Speckled wood butterfly

Help The Royal Society of Biology record the insect population

The Royal Society of Biology are asking people to be on the look out for insects and to vote for their favourite species.

A gull

Don't be Gullible in Cornwall

If you are about to take a holiday in Cornwall beware - the gulls there are said to be on the warpath.

Haden Hill Park in Rowley Regis

The Black Country is a land of ice and fire

With this nod to the book upon which 'Game of Thrones' is based, happy 40 birthday to the Black Country Geological Society.

A Foxglove

Favourite Wildlife

In addition to the general election there has recently been two more national polls. One to find the nation’s favourite birds, and one to do the same for wild flowers.

Wild flowers

Flowers on the Verge

With the loss of nearly all of our flowery meadows over the last few decades roadside verges have become very important refuges for wildflowers.

bee

Chemicals in pesticides are adversely affecting many species

The current ban on pesticides containing nicotine-like chemicals, or neonicotinoids has now taken on a wider significance.

Wild flowers

Threat to Nature Conservation

Decades of progress in the protection of wildlife may be derailed by a review of the European Union's nature conservation legislation.

Nautilus Pinot Noir

Nautilus Pinot Noir shows Marlborough region can do more than Sauvignon Blanc

Richard Saxton samples a premium New Zealand Pinot Noir which shows the Marlborough region can do more than Sauvignon Blanc!

Birmingham and the West Midlands at night taken from the International Space Station by a NASA astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield.

The effect of artificial light on nature

The world's artificial light has profound, but generally unquantified, effects on wildlife, especially airborne wildlife such as birds, bats and insects.

A male Blackbird

Enjoy a daily free concert with the Dawn Chorus

Nature's bounty takes many forms. In spring one of those is the exuberant and mellifluous outpouring of bird song in the few hours after sunrise.

Jean-Luc Colombo

Time to explore the range of wines made by Jean-Luc Colombo

If you're keen to get more into wines from the Rhone Valley then explore the range of wines made by Jean-Luc Colombo.

Jackdaw

West Bromwich neighbourhood nature

Late afternoons have always echoed to the 'chuck, chuck, chuck' calls of the jackdaws as they fly low over the gardens, returning from their days foraging, to their cosy chimneys to roost.

Cannock Chase

Can you enjoy local greenspace?

The natural world is fundamental to our existence, and underpins all economic activity.

A beaver

Beavers living on a Devon river are allowed to stay

Natural England has decreed that the beavers living on a Devon river can stay.

Libiamo wines

A little taste of Libiamo

Help in finding authentic Italian wines is now at hand though in the form of Libiamo, a new online wine club which offers the rarest Italian wines sold within a community of experts and wine enthusiasts.

Little duckling following its mother.

Peter Shirley: Nature is nothing if not impatient

This year the very mild weather leading up to New Year meant that many flowers were blooming over Christmas, and there was early bud burst on some shrubs and trees.

Grey squirrel

National plan to reduce the grey squirrel population

Policy and Action the Government is trying once more to reduce the grey squirrel population to protect both trees and red squirrels.

Fir Tree, Holly, Mistletoe and Ivy

Peter Shirley: Evergreen plants for the festive period

Peter Shirley takes us through the evergreen plants that have played a part in winter celebrations for thousands of years.

Richard Saxton - The Graped Crusader

Top wines for Christmas from national retailers

Richard Saxton's selection of the top wines to go for this Christmas from national retailers.

Videos & Photos

Grade II listed Lower House at Hopton Castle, Craven Arms, Shropshire.

Lower House in Hopton Castle brings peace and serenity in face of battle

The cast of new BBC TV show Danny and the Human Zoo

Lenny Henry's plea for more investment in West Midlands TV production

Richie Porte, seen here during the 2013 Tour de France, will open the 2015 Cycle Show

Richie Porte to open 2015 Cycle Show

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