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Concerns over green belt building plans for Bedfordshire

There are concerns about the number of homes planned for green belt land in Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Countryside campaigners are worried parts of rural Bedfordshire are becoming a "building site" to cope with London's housing overspill.

A report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England says England's green belt land is under an unprecedented level of threat.

In Bedfordshire, 13,000 homes are proposed for green belt land - higher than the number proposed for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Kent combined.


One of Europe's rarest butterflies spotted in Norfolk

One of Europe's rarest butterflies has been spotted in Norfolk Credit: Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell

One of Europe's most rare butterflies has been spotted in Norfolk.

The scarce tortoiseshell also known as the Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell, is so uncommon it hasn't managed to survive hibernation here for more than 60 years.

But it was spotted in Holt country park this month. Conservationists say this new sighting is a truly historic event as it marks the first time this stunning butterfly has ever overwintered successfully in Britain.

Cathedral's resident peregrine falcons lay first egg

The first egg has been laid by Norwich's peregrine falcons. Credit: Hawk and Owl Trust.

Norwich Cathedral's resident peregrine falcons have laid their first egg of the year.

The Hawk and Owl Trust made the announcement on its Twitter feed this morning.

The trust installed a platform for the birds at the cathedral in 2011.

In 2014, four chicks hatched but two later died.

The eggs have an average incubation period of about 35 days.

To watch the Hawl and Owl Trust's live webcam feed from the cathedral, click here.


Is it nuts, or common sense? Suffolk country estate puts squirrel on the menu

A country estate in Suffolk has added squirrel to its menu. Credit: PA

A country estate in Suffolk has added squirrel to its menu, after a surge in demand for the game.

The butchery at the Elveden Estate has been serving up the rodent in recent weeks, and it's already proving popular with customers.

Squirrel apparently has a similar taste to rabbit and is low in fat, and some people have even been trying it in pasties!

Many of the squirrels come directly from the estate.

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