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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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Dyed-in-the-wool allegiances ahead of 'old farm' derby

Even the sheep are showing their true colours! Credit: Easton and Otley College

Easton and Otley College is getting into the derby spirit as it prepares to host its annual lambing weekend in Norfolk.

The event will be taking place on Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1 March, with the second day coinciding with one of the biggest East Anglian derbies in memory, as Norwich City take on arch rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

The college, which has campuses based in both counties, also has a variety of sheep breeds. To get in the mood for the lambing weekend - and taking a leaf out of the Latitude music festival's book - the farm staff decided to get into the spirit of the football match by dyeing one of their Norfolk Horn breed rams Yellow and Green and one of its Suffolk breeds blue and white.

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