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Ruth Padel on our feelings towards the snake through biology, history and literature.
Ruth Padel explores our feelings towards squirrels in biology, history and literature.
Ruth Padel explores the wild salmon's extraordinary life and its impact on humans.
Ruth Padel on what owls mean to us and what they can show about the British landscape.
Ruth Padel explores how history and literature have shaped our reactions to wild ponies.