Deirdre Shields lists 10 butterfly species that have declined over the past 40 years.

Many of the UK’s butterflies are under threat but, thanks to Butterfly Conservation, it is not all doom and gloom. Deirdre Shields is all of a flutter.

There are stirrings in the hedgerows as the peak season for first pheasant and then partridge hatching gets under way. With this comes the biggest dilemma in low-ground wild game…

Sir Michael Colman is as keen as mustard to keep his farm in mint condition and produce single-estate peppermint oil and tea.

The brown crab seems to be doing well at the moment; certainly there never seems to be a shortage. So why not make a meal out of it?

Thanks to lack of revolution and invasion, Britain has more ancient trees than any other country in northern Europe. Why not visit them?

Thanks to lack of revolution and invasion, Britain has more ancient trees than any other country in northern Europe.Elizabeth Walton discovers the family trees of the Dukes of Abercorn, Argyll…

Gundog training theory

In theory, you can train a gundog by using a manual. In practice, the dog’s behaviour won’t be textbook. Be patient and creative with your teaching, suggests Janet Menzies…