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Grey squirrels often sit upright with their large bushy tails arched over their backs.

It’s not just the birds that’ll flock to Norfolk’s gardens

It’s not just about the birds... in the last of our Big Garden Birdwatch series, Rupert Masefield of the RSPB urges us to keep an eye out for other garden wildlife too. And not only for this weekend...

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Blue tit: One of the loveliest of our garden birds.

Take some time out this weekend to be part of Big Garden Birdwatch

Today we begin a series of four features in the run-up to the hugely popular RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We start by looking at the top 15 birds in Norfolk from last year’s survey.

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A map showing which properties qualify for the £100 off their bills.

Hundreds of homes in Syderstone, Barmer and Stanhoe set for £100 wind farm windfall

People living near a wind farm in Norfolk could get £100 off their fuel bills.

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Norwich City mascot Captain Canary

Did you hear the one about the canary and the bishop? They’ve both been axed from a children’s dictionary

Oxford University Press has dropped more than 50 words from its Junior Dictionary. Now two Norfolk men are spearheading a campaign, supported by 27 authors and naturalists, to reinstate them.

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Starling

Dwindling numbers of common bird species revealed in report

House Sparrows, Starlings and Spotted Flycatchers are among three species of garden birds that are experiencing severe declines, a new report has revealed.

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West Norfolk farmer Joe Martin is a directror of Norfolk FWAG. Picture: Ian Burt

New year re-brand takes Norfolk FWAG back to its roots

The new year will bring a new start for a Norfolk wildlife charity aiming to integrate environmental thinking into commercial farming practices.

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Knots at the RSPB’s Snettisham nature reserve will be one of the subjects featuring in the BBC’s Winterwatch wildlife programmes in January. Pictured: Knots. Picture: Andy Hay/rspb-images.com

Filming by night to discover the secret life of the knot at Snettisham RSPB reserve, in Norfolk

Knot the nine o’clock news will be among the headlines of this BBC Winterwatch wildlife series, after a film crew spent two nights recording the birds’ nocturnal habits on the mudflats at Snettisham.

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Stone Curlews have recovered from two bad breeding seasons.

A mixed year for our wildlife – but which species were nature’s winners and losers in 2014?

2014 brought mixed fortunes for East Anglia’s wildlife and, in a region which is naturally abundant in wild places and farmland habitats, there have been some stand-out moments – both good and bad – during the last 12-month cycle of the seasons.

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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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