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Buzzard Buteo buteo, in flight, UK, March. Picture: Ben Hall (

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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Mo, a Montagu’s Harrier, which was last seen in Great Bircham, Norfolk.

Appeal for information as police reveal last known position of rare bird of prey missing in Norfolk

Police officers are appealing for information after a rare female Montagu’s harrier vanished in Norfolk under unexplained circumstances.

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Farmer Steven Harrison has been working with the RSPB on a wild-life friendly area at Hockwold. Picture: Ian Burt

Blooming success of farm conservation work in The Brecks

They are like the fields your grandparents would remember.

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The Tesco extra store in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

How Tesco changed its mind over shooting the wagtail trapped in its Great Yarmouth store

A bird that made its home in a Great Yarmouth supermarket was given a last-minute reprieve after the store had threatened to shoot it.

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The official launch of Operation Turtle Dove at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Picture: Ian Burt

Plea to take part in Operation Turtle Dove

Farmers are being urged by the RSPB to support a campaign to save the turtle dove - before it is too late.

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The Dutch tall ship Minerva that is coming to the maritime festival.

Ships of all shapes ready to sail in for Great Yarmouth’s Maritime Festival

Tall ships, small ships, life-saving boats and historic vessels. Add a mixture of all things nautical including shanty singers and the scene is set for the 15th Great Yarmouth Maritime festival.

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An aerial view of Blakeney Point. Picture: NATIONAL TRUST

Photo gallery: National Trust warns of triple threat to coastal breeding birds on Norfolk and Suffolk coast

Experts at Norfolk and Suffolk nature Meccas will be scrutinising changing environments to protect seabirds currently facing a three-pronged threat.

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Hookpod, a new device to prevent birds from being injured and killed by fishing hooks. Picture: Submitted

New device which could save thousands of seabirds, the Hookpod, launched in Norfolk by scientist brothers

A new device which could save thousands of seabirds from starving to death due to sharp fishing hooks has been launched in Norfolk.

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50 memorable ways to make the most of The Norfolk Broads

The Broads are Norfolk’s crown jewels — a haven for wildlife, nature lovers, water-loving boating enthusiasts, families and holidaymakers. So what better way to make use of the wetland wonder on our doorstep, than by going to one of the 50 events listed below?

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Alphorn players Helen and Neil Grundy blow their 10ft instruments at Snettisham in celebration, after villagers learned they had won their campaign to have the beach footpath declared a public right of way. Picture: Chris Bishop

Victory in Snettisham beach access row completes Norfolk coastal path

Norfolk’s coastal footpath is complete today, after villagers won their fight to have a disputed section of beach declared a public right of way.

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Starlings Sturnus vulgarus flocking before roosting this shape making in the sky is known as a murmuration Gretna Green Dumfries Scotland December. Photograph  featured in the exhibition The Wonder of Birds at Norwich Castle Museum (May-September 2014)

The Wonder of Birds: How to take bird pictures with the ‘wow!’ factor

Acclaimed nature photographers David Tipling and Steve Plume pass on their tips for perfect pictures.

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Little Tern colony nesting at Kessingland Beach.
First Little Tern chicks have hatched.

Picture: James Bass

Delight as next generation of rare birds arrives at Kessingland

Suffolk’s largest colony of little terns has celebrated the arrival of the next generation of rare birds.

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A little tern sat on a nest in Winterton. Picture by Chris Gomersall.

Winterton-on-Sea officially home to largest colony of little terns in UK

A peaceful Norfolk beach is officially home to the largest UK colony of a rare seabird.

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The 'heraldic barn owl' photographed by Eric Hosking in 1948, and featured in 'The Wonder of Birds' exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum.

How Eric paid extraordinary price for frame

The Wonder of Birds: Eric Hosking’s stunning photographs helped open our eyes to the marvels of owls and other birds - but he paid an extraordinary price for his life’s passion, as TREVOR HEATON reports.

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A Pine Marten.

Call to arms to Norfolk and Suffolk nature lovers - take part in Big Wild Sleepout

The RSPB are calling for people to spend a night out amongst nature to raise money and awareness and help save wildlife.

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Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

Mixed reaction to new “greening” rules for farmers

New regulations that give farmers flexibility over how they implement EU rules have been announced by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.

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The public inquiry sitting at Snettisham Memorial Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

6PM UPDATE: We’ve walked this path for generations, public inquiry into Snettisham beach access hears

Villagers have walked a disputed coast path for generations, a public inquiry heard today.

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