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Experts puzzled by birth of single owlet
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Wildlife experts baffled by the birth of a single barn owl despite good food supply
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Chatter box Interest in Scottie dogs has soared after their appearance at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Online searches for the breed using the Kennel Club's find a puppy service rose by 553 per cent in just one day. After featuring heavily in the opening ceremony, the number of online searches for Scottie puppies rose from 93 on July 22, to 607 on July 23. Many dog breeds native to the UK have seen a drop in popularity over the past 10 years, with many people favouring fashionable "handbag" dogs such as pugs, French bulldogs and Chihuahuas. In the first half of 2014, just 339 Scottish terrier puppies were registered with the Kennel Club, compared to 18,000 Labradors.  Chatter box

Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies
Conservationist Mark Shand has died after sustaining a serious head injury. Brother to the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr Shand was injured in a fall in New York.
Beef production is more damaging to the environment than other protein sources, study suggests

Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that beef production is approximately 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.

It has long been known that beef has a greater impact than other meats, but this paper is the first to quantify the scale in a comparative way, the BBC reports.

The scientists measured the environment inputs required to produce the main sources of protein. It was found that beef cattle need 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than pork, poultry, eggs or dairy.

Although the study was based on US data, researchers say that the conclusions are applicable in Europe.

Speaking to the BBC, professor Mark Sutton, from the UK's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, said: "The overall environmental footprint of beef is particularly large because it combines a low production efficiency with very high volume,"

"The result is that the researchers estimate that over 60 per cent of the environmental burden of livestock in the US results from beef. Although the exact numbers will be different for Europe, the overall message will be similar: cattle dominate the livestock footprint of both Europe and US."

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