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Birdwatching youngsters on look out in 'Waxwing winter'

Take a look outside and you may well spot one or two sparrows, robins, bluetits or other common garden birds.

This year, you may also see a much rarer visitor. It's called a waxwing; a small starling-sized bird with colourful markings.

The RSPB, is describing it as a 'Waxwing Winter' with large numbers arriving in the Anglia region, and other parts of the UK.

The charity hopes it will encourage more of us to take part in its Big Garden Birdwatch on 28-30 January. Parts of of the video report were filmed at St Andrews School in Biggleswade in Bedfordshire.


Councils' 'zero tolerance' for fly-tippers

The CLA says it receives reports of fly-tipping everyday. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Councils in the region will be issuing fines of up to £400 and seizing vehicles of people found fly-tipping.

They say they are taking a zero tolerance approach ahead of the Christmas period.

The CLA in the East, which represents landowners and farmers, say it receives reports that rubbish is being dumped on their land almost every day.

Thousands of trees to be planted along the Norwich NDR

The planned route of the NDR, stretching from Postwick to Taverham. Credit: ITV Anglia

The first of 30,000 trees are being planted along the route of the Norwich NDR.

It's the latest stage of work on the Northern Distributer Road which stretches from Taverham to Postwick.

The 20 kilometre stretch of road is due to be opened this time next year.

Construction of the NDR in March 2016. Credit: ITV Anglia

Children from Rackheath Primary School along with Councillors are planting the first of the trees off Newman Road.

The tree plantings are part of a number of wildlife and environmental considerations that developers are involved with as the road is constructed.


Boughton House welcomes visitors to its 500 acre gardens

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Cooper

It's a spectacular stately home in Northamptonshire with 365 windows, 12 courtyards and 7 different entrances - but all eyes will be on the gardens at Boughton House this weekend.

That's because some of the grounds are opening to the public this Sunday, as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

It's a chance to help raise money for charity and show off the gardens - all 500 acres - in their full autumnal glory.

The grounds are being open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The grounds are being open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's just a great time of year for people to come and see seasonal change, we see amazing seasonal colours, reflections

"It's a great opportunity for anybody who's an enthusiast or just interested in gardening or landscapes, to come along and see the gardens at a different time of year."

– David Cullum, Parks & Gardens Manager, Broughton House

Vintage tractors and steam engines go under the hammer

An old Anglia TV studio camera sold for £1,000 Credit: Cheffins

More than £1 million worth of vintage tractors, steam engines and classic vehicles have been sold at a vintage auction in Cambridge.

The most popular items were four rare steam engines which went for £237,000 in total.

Also among the sales was an old Anglia TV studio camera, on its steerable dolly, which made £1,000.

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