What’s with all the new dog breeds? We ask an expert | Social trends

The animal charity Blue Cross is campaigning to stop pugs and French bulldogs being featured in advertisements. It hopes to slow demand for thea flat-faced pooches where “overbreeding” is causing breathing and walking difficulties. Yet new breeds of dogs are introduced each year. How are there so many? And what does this mean for dogs? … Read more

Here come the lorikeets! How garden trends can change the local wildlife | Gardens

My bird-watching friend Simon is telling me about the parrots he sees on his daily walks around Canberra. It is a long list, which includes five types of cockatoos. When he gets to the tenth parrot species – “red-rumps. Everyone loves those ”- he stops to think. The eleventh is the rainbow lorikeet. “They’re newcomers,” … Read more