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This lemur, feared by some, helps farmers – and that could save it

You’re probably aware by now of this newsletter’s basic premise: that human culture can, sometimes, benefit biodiversity – directly or indirectly. Think of artists celebrating nature or communities who share in protecting their local environment and this may seem relatively unproblematic.

This lemur, feared by some, helps farmers – and that could save it
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Could children's fairy doors help save woodlands?

Nobody seems to know who started the fairy door craze. And I can’t find any sources that pinpoint when it began. But it was after the Somerset fairy evictions of 2015 that the rise of these dwellings first made international headlines.

Could children's fairy doors help save woodlands?
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This Eurovision song called upon the god of the forest

Oh Spring song, Spring song, Where have you spent your Winter? In the garden, sitting on a maple tree, You’ve been spinning a shirt. These strange and folky lines, sung in Ukrainian, were paired with techno music and broadcast to around 200 million people on Saturday night.

This Eurovision song called upon the god of the forest