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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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Touching the Tide celebration day at Southwold.
Reece Fosker sailing a model boat on the boating lake.

Picture: James Bass

Video and photo gallery: Hundreds of people find out about work of Touching the Tide in Southwold

About 800 people have found about a £900,000 project to protect and promote the appreciation of Suffolk’s coastline.

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An oyster catcher is nesting on the island at the Southwold Boating Lake.

Waders put the boot in Southwold attraction by choosing island life

They are a familiar sight on our coast, probing for food along the shoreline.

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Family feat pix 5/6/14

16 ways to celebrate Open Farm Sunday in Norfolk with the family

British farmers produce more than half of all the food we eat, so Open Farm Sunday is the perfect time to celebrate all that they do to feed the nation. SIMON PARKIN highlights where the barn doors are being thrown open.

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Marsh Harrier

Springwatch Diary: Huge effort goes on behind the scenes to bring you Springwatch

When I watch Springwatch, much like when watching my favourite Hollywood blockbuster, I find it so easy to become totally absorbed in the incredible world the director and stars invite me into.

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Two stone curlew chicks born on the Brecks

Stone curlew chicks on Brecks fuel hope for successful breeding season

A protected bird known for its elusive nature has excited nature lovers after its first chicks of the spring hatched in the Brecks.

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Bee orchids growing at Big Yellow Storage on Carrow Road where sales assistant Helder de Sousa has been keeping an eye on the rare plants. 
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Bee orchids stage a free show near Carrow Road

Dozens of unusual orchids are back growing in the shadow of Carrow Road in Norwich – and the weather could be the reason.

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Picture of the day

Opinion: Springwatch Footage of Minsmere creatures is truly astonishing

There is no doubt that this year’s Springwatch footage is second to none.

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Nigel Croasdale at the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary. Picture: Ian Burt

Revealed: True cost of December storms to West Norfolk attractions and nature reserves

One of the most popular attractions on the West Norfolk coast will remain closed all summer.

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Lakenheath Fen at night

Sleep under the stars: RSPB site offers chance to camp out as part of the Big Wild Sleepout

A nature lover’s paradise will be revealing its nocturnal secrets this summer as it offers visitors the chance to camp out under a blanket of stars.

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The konik ponies at Minsmere help to keep the vegetation short, creating the perfect habitat for nesting birds.

Springwatch Diary: Badgers are giving us such a good show

Yesterday we officially went live and what a day it was.

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Stone curlew

RSPB Wings over the Brecks project to put bird lovers in the nest with streaming video

A pioneering video project is set to give nature enthusiasts an insight into the secret lives of unique wildlife in the Brecks.

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Looking at bugs is a brilliant introduction to nature for children.

Insects give perfect start for junior nature-lovers

Children love the bugs in the garden and the park. And, according to Aggie Rothon of the RSPB, they make a brilliant introduction to the natural world.

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Bradwell village sign.

Picture: James Bass

Major new development at Bradwell gets green light

A new neighbourhood with 850 homes, a school, shops and business space will spring up south of Bradwell after plans were given the green light.

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The nest of barn owl eggs which have been stolen from a mill in Haddiscoe

Devastation for bird ringer as nest of barn owl chicks are stolen from Norfolk mill

A licensed bird ringer who has been monitoring a nest of barn owl eggs at a Norfolk mill has spoken of his devastation after the mill was broken into and the chicks were stolen.

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Bumblebee. Short-haired bumblebee not picture. Pic Dudley Racher.

Warm spring boost rarest bumblebee

Warm spring conditions should help Britain’s rarest bumblebee as wildlife experts reintroduce a new batch of queens to help boost the species.

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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

Photo Gallery: Landowner wins new backing in fight to save Catfield Fen

A land owner’s battle to save one of the Broads’ most precious wildlife havens has taken a dramatic turn - which could have far-reaching implications for farmers and other sensitive sites.

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Lakenheath Fen

Thieves take £2,500 of gadgets from nature reserve tourists in Lakenheath

A group of tourists have had £2,500 worth of gadgets and cash stolen from their mini-bus after a visit to a nature reserve in Lakenheath.

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Andrena vaga, extinct in UK since 1946. First seen again this year at  two sites. Female carrying pollen, spring, Dungeness RSPB Reserve, Kent. Picture: Roger Tidman

Photo gallery: Norfolk photographer causes a buzz as he catches Andrena vaga on camera

Bee experts are buzzing after a Norfolk photographer captured a rare bee on camera for the first time in the UK in almost 70 years.

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Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk.

BBC television show Springwatch set to return to the region and put focus on RSPB Minsmere

The Minsmere nature reserve in Suffolk is to be at the heart of the BBC’s Springwatch broadcasts over the next two years.

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Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. Picture: James Bass

100 ways to enjoy the Broads this month

The Broads Outdoors Festival, now in its fourth year, is all about audience participation.

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The Canoe Man Mark Wilkinson.
 Photo by Simon Finlay

My 25 favourite Broadland things

To celebrate the Broads Authority’s 25th anniversary, Hilary Franzen shares her 25 favourite things to do on the Broads.

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Scenes from the the Wild about Wensum event at Pensthorpe - Angel Hood (9) with a exuvia of an emperor dragonfly, from the British Dragonfly Society. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Photo gallery: Young wildlife enthusiasts inspired at Pensthorpe Natural World, near Fakenham

The next generation of wildlife enthusiasts were inspired when a nature reserve threw its gates open for free to give youngsters the chance to discover and explore the natural world.

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RSPB's work to encourage breeding waders on the Berney Marshes which are overlooked by warden Mark Smart. A lapwing chases off a swan that got too close to her nest.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

It’s ‘harvest’ time for RSPB on Halvergate marshes

Every year it is a real team effort spearheaded by the RSPB and involving landowners across Halvergate Marshes. Come the end of April and the appearance of eggs and chicks of vulnerable breeding waders reassuringly show their efforts have all been worthwhile. Stephen Pullinger reports.

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