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Giant leap in toad population

The natterjack is back. Credit: RSPB

A colony of Natterjack toads have colonised special ponds which have been created at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds headquarters at Sandy in Bedfordshire.

New breeding habitats were created at The Lodge nature reserve which staff there say has led to the toads producing 50 per cent for spawn compared to 2014.

“This year we have counted 78 natterjack strings- the name for the lines of spawn that we can see in the ponds. Last year there were a total of 49 strings, so the new ponds are really proving their value. Some of the young toads have even been seen in the daytime, as they emerge from the pools.”

– Lizzie Bruce, reserve warden at RSPB The Lodge

At the moment the toad is one of the rarest amphibians in the country.


Send us your pictures of the 'supermoon' lunar eclipse

15-year-old Adam Oliver took this picture in Lowestoft Credit: Adam Oliver

Stargazers across the East of England were able to see and photograph last night's dusty red 'supermoon' created from a lunar eclipse.

This picture was taken by 15-year-old Adam Oliver from Lowestoft who had stayed up late to see the eclipse which last took place 30-years ago.

The lunar eclipse is almost complete Credit: ITV News Anglia

It began at 1.10am with the total phase, when the moon is completely in shadow, lasting from 3.11am to 4.24am.

The moon finally emerged from the Earth's shadow at 6.24am.

Taken from Ipswich, Suffolk Credit: Graham Meadows
Taken in Bedford Credit: Stephen Ramsey

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Stargazers in east treated to 'supermoon' in the sky

The dusty red moon over Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stargazers have observed a blood red 'supermoon' in the skies above the East of England for the first time in 30 years.

The eerie light created from a lunar eclipse with the moon near to its closest point to the Earth delighted amateur astronomers and photographers.

It began at 1.10am with the total phase, when the moon is completely in shadow, lasting from 3.11am to 4.24 am.

The moon finally emerged from the Earth's shadow at 6.24am.

The beginning of the eclipse taken from Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

When the moon is at perigee, its shortest distance from the Earth, it is 226,000 miles away and appears 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its furthermost point.

The last time this coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth's shadow, was in 1982 and the event will not be repeated until 2033.

It's the closest the moon has been to the earth for 30 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns a deep rusty red, due to sunlight being scattered by the Earth's atmosphere.

How the East is leading the way as green energy revolution reaches a new landmark

The latest multi-million pound eco-friendly energy scheme was switched on today.

Figures released by the government show that renewables met a quarter of the country's need for energy in the three months to June - outstripping the supply from nuclear and coal for the first time.

But what does that mean for the East?

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

How does an anaerobic digester work?

Anaerobic digestion is the process of taking organic waste and turning it into biogas and digestate.

An anaerobic digester can take any house hold organic waste (like your leftover dinner for example).

The organic material is put into the digestion chamber and blended with a liquid which is then transferred into large storage tanks.

Click below to watch a demonstration

The liquid is then sent to the digester - which is a oxygen free environment where the liquid is then turned into biogas, by optimising the levels of organic and other materials in the liquid.

The mixture is heated and mixed with paddles.

The liquid spends around 30 days in the digester, releasing methane in the form of biogas and digestate into another chamber attached.

The biogas is then analysed before use in fuels, power generation, and the digestate is cleaned and sold as fertiliser.

New plans in place to reduce risk of flooding in Essex

Homes and businesses were flooded in Canvey Island in July 2014. Credit: ITV News

Firefighters in Essex have been working on new ways to reduce the risk of flooding in Canvey Island in Essex.

In July 2014 people living on Canvey were rocked by an enormous amount of rain. A month's worth fell in the space of a few hours causing many homes and businesses to flood.

It was a stark reminder of the storm surge that hit the island in 1953 killing 59 people.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service is looking a new ways of draining the area.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

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