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Alex Mustard is a UK photographer who has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 10 years. Previously, he worked as a marine biologist at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. His innovative underwater photographs are respected and celebrated around the world. He

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Cacao tree (Theobroma) in a plantation. Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. I Love Amazon Week

Ten products and ingredients that come from the Amazon.

The Amazon is much more than simply a beautiful, far-off tropical rainforest. It’s also a source of everyday items we rely on. Do you recognise these familiar products and ingredients? 1) CHOCOLATE Did you know that your favourite chocolate originates from the cacao plant? This grows wild in Central and South America and cultivating it

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Gentoo penguin,Port Lockroy, Antarctica. Copyright: Pete Bucktrout, Norman Cobley, British Antarctic Survey

My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office

Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Port Lockroy, Goudier Island is located just off the Antarctic Peninsula. The historic British base was built in 1944, during a secret wartime mission called Operation Tabarin. It operated as

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Tigers untrapped: 11 images from Toshiji Fukuda

Toshiji Fukuda has been photographing the natural wonders in the far east of Russia for nearly 25 years. His dedication has resulted in countless amazing images – including a true rarity: a beautiful photo of a wild Amur tiger taken without a camera trap. This won him the Gerald Durrell Award for photographing endangered species

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Elephant crisis – what poaching does to animals, environments and people

Dr Kate Evans is the director and founder of Elephants for Africa. She started her research over a decade ago, looking at adolescent male elephants in the Okavango Delta and how they socialise – with an emphasis on how captive-bred animals would react in a wild environment. Here she talks about how complex these beautiful

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Politicians can deliver a Greener Britain

With the next UK General Election just eight months away, now is the time for political parties to set out their ambitions for the environment during the next Parliament. Today, along with nine other leading environmental groups, we’re launching Greener Britain, our blueprint for a greener, fairer, better Britain in a more sustainable world. The […]

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Not just ‘one big watery mass’

With this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards, our chief adviser on all things marine – Louise Heaps – considers how important photography has been for highlighting the incredible diversity of life hidden beneath the sea’s surface. What inspired you to start working with the marine environment? I grew up by the sea, so I think […]

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Alex Mustard selfie with a friendly young grey seal. Farne Islands, Northumberland © Alexander Mustard gallery

4 questions for BWPA 2014 winner Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard is a UK photographer who has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 10 years. Previously, he worked as a marine biologist at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. His innovative underwater photographs are respected and celebrated around the world. He […]

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Sophie Stafford’s top tips for budding photographers

Sophie Stafford talks about judging this years BWPA Sophie Stafford was Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine for over eight years. A trained biologist with a passion for photography, she travelled the globe in search of the best wildlife stories and images for the award-winning magazine and its website. She judged BBC Wildlife’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer […]

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5 questions answered by James Brickell

BWPA judge James Brickell tells us about wildlife film-making. James Brickell is a two-time BAFTA award winning wildlife filmmaker at BBC Natural History Unit.  He joined the BBC in 1997 where he has been responsible for many groundbreaking sequences and ‘world firsts’ in his career. His work includes ‘The Really Wild Show’, ‘Wildlife on One’, […]

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Learning to live with a changing climate

People living around the Boni forest in Kenya have been adapting to a changing environment for years. But this is different. The magnitude and rate of change in the local climate is now so great, that many of the traditional coping strategies are ineffective or unsustainable. It’s leading to damage to the environment and food […]

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Happiness

It starts early: with that very first miraculous smile. When my son was born 10 months ago now, I began to wonder when that first of many smiles will appear across his face. First it was unconscious… however, very soon that conscious smile conveyed so much: trust, security, learning and – perhaps most importantly – […]

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Reporting on the Environmental Systemic Risk Roundtable

On 20 June 2014, WWF, RSA and PwC brought together participants from insurers, environmental analysts and campaigners to discuss environmental systemic risk (ESR).  Here are my thoughts on how it went. I was both excited and nervous going into the roundtable to launch the report on ESR. Would we get good representation at the meeting? […]

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Catching up with the Enesikiria pride in the Mara

Last week I was privileged enough to spend an evening with some members of the our adoption lions. The lions in question – Enesikiria pride – live in the Naboisho conservancy on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. What became clear pretty quickly is that this pride are local celebrities. Conservancy staff and visitors […]

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