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Farmer Andrew Steward at Rowley Farm, Hilborough. Picture: Ian Burt

Bumper year for stone curlews on The Brecks

Conservation work by farmers and landowners has been praised after stone-curlews in The Brecks enjoyed their best breeding season since 2011.

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Catfield Fen reserve. Warden Richard Mason on the fen.

Picture: James Bass

Last-ditch appeal over Catfield Fen

Conservation bodies have come together to issue a final appeal to the Environment Agency (EA) to safeguard the future of a Broads wildlife haven.

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Rare bitterns are bouncing back with the highest number of

RSPB announces boom in bittern numbers with the highest number of males recorded since the 19th century

Numbers for one of Norfolk’s rarest birds have started to bounce back, according to wildlife experts.

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Catfield Fen reserve. Warden Richard Mason on the fen.

Picture: James Bass

Farmers being ‘badly let down’ in Catfield Fen saga

Farmers who rely on abstracted water to grow irrigated crops near Catfield Fen are being placed in an almost impossible situation by the licence renewal process, the NFU has claimed.

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Farmers, the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, former agriculture minister Jim Paice MP gathered for the national launch of scheme to save farmland birds at Lodge Farm in Westhorpe.

Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust launches its 2015 Big Farmland Bird Count

A national initiative has been launched in East Anglia to record and study the farmland birds which rely on the biodiversity of Britain’s agricultural landscapes.

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The geese with their goslings in June enjoying happier times on the Mere. They are to be moved five miles away. Photograph John Bulloch.

Diss geese to be evicted and moved five miles away

A gaggle of geese which has caused alarm in Diss is to be moved, councillors have decided.

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Landscape - Aurora and Comet

Snettisham photographer’s five shortlisted images in national award

An amateur photographer from West Norfolk has five images on the shortlist for a national award - and two of them were snapped in this area.

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Mike Barrett has been given a Point of Light award by the PM. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Thornham war veteran and conservationist gets award from PM

A 90 -year-old war veteran from West Norfolk who has dedicated his last 49 years to conservation and protecting wildlife has been given an award by the Prime Minister.

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An adult lapwing feeding in wet meadow. Picture by Chris Gomersall / RSPB.

Record year for breeding lapwings at RSPB reserves in East Anglia

Wildlife reserves in East Anglia are celebrating record numbers of lapwings this year, following a successful breeding season for the threatened waders.

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A humpback whale pictured in Mass, America

Were whales spotted off Lowestoft coast same group as those seen near Essex?

Visitors and residents have described the “absolutely amazing” sight of whales off the Lowestoft coastline – but it is not known if they are the same ones later spotted further south around Essex.

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Catfield Fen reserve. Warden Richard Mason on the fen.

Picture: James Bass

Wildlife campaigners celebrate important step in Catfield Fen battle.

Wildlife campaigners were yesterday celebrating a landmark step in their fight to protect rare species at a Broads beauty spot which they claim is being destroyed through the loss of ground water.

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Catfield Fen reserve. Warden Richard Mason on the fen.

Picture: James Bass

RSPB makes the case for nature as decision day looms for Catfield Fen

A wildlife charity has warned that the UK’s largest colony of the rare fen orchid could be under threat because its Catfield Fen habitat is drying and becoming more acid.

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The Pink Footed Geese fly over Snettisham RSPB reserve at as the sunrises. Photo: Matthew Usher.

When we will hear Norfolk’s Heaven’s hound again?

As winter nights draw in, they’ve been missing their distinctive sound track. For the cry of Heaven’s hound has been absent from our skies.

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The whale spotted off Winterton. Picture: Courtesy Carl Chapman

Is Scroby Dick back? Humpback whale spotted off Winterton, Mundesley and Walcott

Whale watchers are expected to turn out in force at Walcott tomorrow after a humpback was repeatedly spotted off the north Norfolk coast.

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Former gamekeeper Allen Lambert. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Norfolk gamekeeper handed suspended jail sentence for wildlife offences

A former north Norfolk gamekeeper has been given a suspended prison sentence for seven wildlife offences.

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Allen Lambert, 65, leaves Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Video: Wake-up call for East Anglian estates after former north Norfolk gamekeeper gets suspended sentence

A wake-up call has been given to East Anglian estates after a former north Norfolk gamekeeper was given a suspended jail sentence for poisoning birds of prey.

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Buzzard Buteo buteo, in flight, UK, March. Picture: Ben Hall (rspb-images.com)

Shooting community challenged to take action as Norfolk has highest bird crime in East of England

The RSPB has challenged the shooting community to take action against the unlawful killing of wild birds.

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The team from the BTO pick up the RSPB Medal for their work on the Bird Atlas 2007-11. Picture: RSPB

Bird trust recognised for monumental research project

An ornithological trust team behind an invaluable piece of research on bird life in the UK have scooped a prestigious prize.

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Tim and Geli Harris who own Catfield Fen - one of the top wildlife sites in country - battling to stop over-water abstraction that is drying out fen.

Picture: James Bass

Catfield Fen water battle reaches landmark stage

To landowner Tim Harris and his wife Geli it has been a frustrating battle with officialdom to save what the Environment Agency (EA) describes as “the finest unpolluted valley fen in western Europe”.

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Turtle Dove. Picture: Ian Burt

RSPB demands action after Defra report highlights decline of farmland birds

A continued, drastic decline in farmland bird numbers has prompted the RSPB to demand that future government subsidies are targeted towards effective wildlife-friendly agricultural schemes.

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The view from RSPB Minsmere

Video: Have you seen the humpback whale reported off RSPB Minsmere?

A humpback whale has been reported off the Suffolk coast – almost a year after the county’s first ever recorded sighting caused a stir among wildlife enthusiasts.

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Diss Mere has provided a home for many species of birds, including geese.

Bid to remove geese from Diss Mere

The wildlife residing around Diss Mere has long been an attraction for families with children who visit to feed the ducks and birds and relax in the tranquil setting.

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People in Walcott clear up the damage after the sea surge last December. Photo: Antony Kelly.

£250,000 to boost flood hit Norfolk communities

Norfolk communities which were battered by floods almost a year ago are set to share £250,000 to help repair the damage caused by the tidal surge.

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Former Stody Estate gamekeeper Allen Lambert arriving at King's Lynn Magistrates for a previous hearing. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Warning graphic content: Gamekeeper found guilty of poisoning 11 birds of prey on Norfolk estate

A retired gamekeeper who had a “poisoner’s kit” in an outbuilding has been found guilty of killing 11 birds of prey on a game shooting estate in Norfolk.

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Steven Pinder inspects his winter seed mix. His farm in the fens near Wisbech will be affected by reduced payments but he we will be working with the RSPB team to get the best out of his ELS and his Ecological Focus Areas, for his business and for his wildlife.

Fears CAP changes will hit farmers and wildlife

Fears have been raised that farmers and wildlife could both lose out as a result of the new CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) regime that comes into force next year.

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Storm repair works have started at RSPB nature reserve, Titchwell. Picture: Ian Burt

Storm repair works under way to protect reserve from future floods

Urgent repair work has started at the RSPB’s flagship Titchwell Marsh nature reserve in West Norfolk to protect it against future floods.

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Turtle dove Streptopelia turtur, pair perched on agricultural machinery

Norton Subcourse quarry takes part in pioneering conservation project

A construction materials firm is showing how industry can help wildlife with a pioneering project at its Norfolk quarry.

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little tern at Winterton

Jubilation followed by heartache: 
all in a little tern summer

It is surely a wonder of nature that Britain’s rarest seabird faithfully returns to the Norfolk coast each spring after a hazardous 3,000-mile migration route from West Africa, crossing the stormy waters of the Bay of Biscay en route.

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The Berney Arms is up for sale. Photo: Bill Smith

Broads pub Berney Arms up for sale

The future of an iconic Norfolk pub is up in the air after it was put up for sale by the owner.

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Rachael Murray

RSPB plea to find missing Mongatu Harrier called Mo

Bird fanatics have voiced their pleas in a hope to find Mongatu Harrier, Missing Mo.

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