Freezing clear conditions allowed those who dared venture out a dazzling display of the Geminid meteor shower.Read the full story ›
Starlings swirled in their hundreds and thousands, producing displays near the English and Scottish border yesterday evening.Read the full story ›
The National Trust has bought over 200 acres of 'magical' heathland to help preserve the landscape that inspired author Thomas Hardy.Read the full story ›
The chair of the influential Public Accounts Committee has expressed "deep concern" at a report saying is not spending enough to maintain flood defences in some areas.
Responding to the report, Labour MP Margaret Hodge, said:
I am deeply concerned that current levels of spending are not enough to maintain flood protection, with five million homes at risk of flooding and people's livelihoods in jeopardy.
It is alarming that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has cut spending on flood protection by 10% between 2011-12 and 2014-15 and it had to react with an emergency bailout of £270 million following the winter floods in 2013. Surely this short-term reactive approach is not value for money in the long-term.
Some flood defences are only run at "minimal level", despite many fearing a repeat of last year's Christmas storms.Read the full story ›
Fake goats cheese made from sheep's milk has been found on sale in supermarkets following a shortage of milk from the animals.
Consumer group Which? commissioned tests on 76 goats cheese samples from supermarkets, delis and markets sold at eight UK locations.
In six cases, half or more of the product was found to be sheep's cheese.
Three of these contained more than 80% sheep's cheese, three contained more than 50%, while three other cheeses contained smaller amounts - around 5%.
Which? said it would be following up its findings with the companies involved and the Food Standards Agency.
The government will hold talks with the dairy industry as milk price drops has left farmers struggling.Read the full story ›
A species of mussel that can clog waterways and poison drinking water has been discovered in the UK for the first time.Read the full story ›
Lego is to end its contract with Shell after environmental campaigners targeted it over the oil giant's plans to drill in the Arctic.Read the full story ›
Though going foraging might be fun, eating wild mushrooms from the UK can be potentially lethal, Public Health England have warned.Read the full story ›