What we are reading this week.

Incredible footage of secret island that’s been reclaimed by nature.

Echo, Charlotte Hadfield. 

The island is home to an abandoned police station and a watch tower looking out across the Mersey.

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The battle to save England’s chalk streams, one of the planet’s rarest habitats.

The Guardian, Robin McKie.

Rivers are especially vulnerable to water abstraction and global heating, but now there is hope for River Chess.

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Minke whale: Amateur photographer captures breach off Isle of Man.

BBC News.

Being close to a whale as it breached off the Isle of Man was a “bit scary”, the amateur photographer who caught the “amazing” moment on camera has said.

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China’s wandering elephants becoming international stars.

AP News.

Already famous at home, China’s wandering elephants are now becoming international stars.

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WWF Launches “Forests Forward,” a Global Program to Help Companies Deliver Lasting Science-Driven Strategies to Benefit Nature, Climate and People.

WWF, Participants include HP Inc.; International Paper Company; Kimberly-Clark; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Today World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched “Forests Forward,” a new program that engages with companies and other stakeholders around the globe to deliver effective nature-based strategies for forests that help achieve their business and sustainability goals.

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Plastic rafting: the invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter.

The Guardian, Russell Thomas.

There is now so much ocean plastic that it has become a route for invasive species, threatening native animals with extinction.

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It’s behind you! Hilarious moment sneaky whale pops up behind sightseers as they look the wrong way.

Daily Mail, Chris Jewers.

A group of whale watchers nearly missed the moment of a lifetime when a sneaky whale popped up right behind their boat – as they looked in the opposite direction.

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Octopuses and lobsters have feelings – include them in sentience bill, urge MPs.

The Guardian, Helena Horton.

Group argues some invertebrates are extremely intelligent and should be protected from suffering.

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Giant rhino fossils in China show new species was ‘taller than giraffe’.

BBC News.

A new species of the ancient giant rhino – among the largest mammals to walk on land – has been discovered in north-western China, researchers say.

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Whilst you lay in bed this Sunday morning, why not take a look at some of the news items that have caught our attention this week.

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