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Take on Nature: Why the kingfisher is known as 'the halcyon bird'

Stephen Colton
LAST weekend as I ambled alongside the river which flows under the bridge through the town of Kesh (Ceis in Irish, meaning wicker bridge) Co Fermanagh, I saw the distinctive, azure blue of a flying Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, fizzing rapidly across the slow moving water.

China sees sharp drop in ivory prices

Tom Odula
THE price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in it later this year, a leading elephant conservation group has said in a new report.

Turtle found with 1,000 coins in stomach dies

Kaweewit Kaewjinda
A 25-year-old green sea turtle in Thailand, which swallowed hundreds of coins thrown by tourists seeking luck and longevity, has died two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from her stomach.

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