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Nature and Biodiversity News & Views provides a selection of nature-related news items published elsewhere on the web. Links take you to the full story and in some cases we provide comment panels and polls where you can share your views.

Can some animals predict earthquakes?
Animals such as toads may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike.
Threatened species need farmland
Several threatened species in the developing world are completely dependent on human agriculture for their survival, say scientists.
Populations of invasive ants die out - research in New Zealand
New research in New Zealand shows populations of an invasive species of ant frequently collapse without human involvement, potentially saving millions of dollars on control and eradication. The research focused on large infestations of Argentine ants in New Zealand. These infestations, often covering many hectares, were observed to collapse and disappear 10-20 years after arrival.
Small Forest With Big Impact: Fragmented Rainforests Maintain Their Ecological Functionality
The value of a rainforest is not only measured by its biological diversity but also by its ecological functionality. Research in Kenya shows that rainforests that are subject to use by people and are divided into forest fragments can maintain their ecological functionality.
Autumn's birds delay migration
Frog trade link to killer fungus revealed
Rich underground life discovered at the poles
Seaweed's "Chemical Weapons" Killing Corals
Rare seahorse found in the River Thames, London
Muntjac deer invasion could cost Scotland £1.9m a year

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The decline in bee populations is a big concern. Does it concern you? Answer our Poll below and also check out the Big Bumblebee Discovery (Summer 2014)!
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How concerned are you about declining bee populations?
63.68% 135 (63.68%)
14.62% 31 (14.62%)
21.70% 46 (21.70%)
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