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Five million vehicles a week in and out of Cambridge

More than five million vehicles drive in and out of Cambridge every week and more than half of the cars are diesels.

The figures come from the Greater Cambridge Partnership following one of the largest traffic surveys of it's kind.

Traffic on the A14 near Cambridge Credit: ITV Anglia

The survey was carried out over an eight day period in June using Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

More than 90 cameras were installed temporarily around the city, covering an area between the historic city centre and the A14 and M11 surrounding the city.

"This traffic survey provides us with robust evidence and an even greater understanding of vehicle use in Cambridge. We will be using this data to inform future transport projects for the city."

– Councillor Francis Burkitt, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership

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Bittern numbers booming

The distinctive boom of the 'Bittern' is becoming more common, with record numbers heard this year.

The RSPB says the bird has flourished despite a drier than average winter and loss of habitat due to some coastal flooding.

Bittern numbers increasing Credit: RSPB

Bitterns are highly secretive wetland birds and live most of their time within dense stands of reed, making them very difficult to survey.

However, scientists count bitterns by listening for the male's foghorn-like booming call, which can reach more than 100 Decibels in volume.

In the UK the RSPB recorded 164 'booming' males this year, 8 of those were at Lakenheath Fen.

Nearly half of the UK bitterns breed within Special Protection Areas designated under the EU Birds Directive.

"In the late 1990s, the bittern was heading towards extinction once again in the UK. But, thanks to conservation efforts to restore and create its preferred habitat of wet reedbed, the bittern was saved and we're delighted to see another record year for this amazing bird."

– Simon Wotton, Senior Conservation Scientist at the RSPB

Multi-million pound funding boost for The Brecks

The Brecks. Credit: ITV

A landscape conservation project based in The Brecks has been awarded 3.3 million pounds by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The scheme will focus on protecting and enhancing the water corridors through the area.

It will also raise awareness of how fundamental water is to the landscape and its biodiversity through education and community engagement initiatives.

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Exhibition marks 25 years since watermill fire

Members of the 'Stotfold Watermill Preservation Trust' built a model of the mill Credit: ITV News Anglia

An exhibition at a grade II listed watermill in Bedfordshire is marking 25 years since a fire which destroyed the building.

Volunteers from the 'Stotfold Watermill Preservation Trust' have put photos and a special model of the mill on display to show its restoration.

The display highlights the hard work that has gone into restoring the grade II listed building and its machinery.

The fire started at night and it took over so quickly and it wasn't until the morning that we could see just how badly the whole area had been burnt down. It's good to see people coming to enjoy the work that we've been doing and to see just how far we've come.

– Jean Cadman, Stotfold Watermill Preservation Trust

Power cables to be moved at man-made nature reserve

Wallasea Island in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than £1 million is to be spent re-routing underground cables on Wallasea Island in Essex.

Work is underway to convert the RSPB site into Europe's largest man-made nature reserve, but to make it happen power cables need to be moved.

UK Power Networks say that should take around 8 weeks.

Chris Tyas, the RSPB's Wallasea island project manager, said: "We are very pleased to have UK Power Networks on site replacing and realigning the power cable.

"These works will allow us to complete the RSPB's Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project.

"Completion of the work will see a nature reserve that should support over 50,000 birds along with a range of other wildlife, whilst future proofing it against climate change for decades to come."

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