East Anglian coastline and biodiversity under threat from climate change

East Anglian biodiversity under threat

Experts from the University of East Anglia have helped put together a report looking at how extreme weather is affecting our countryside.

The Fens

Fens home to rarest species

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have found that a quarter of the UK's rare species live in the Fens.

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Coastal beauty spots that may be lost to the sea

Seaside beauty spots around the East coast may be lost to the sea if nature is allowed to take its course.

It's been reported that some areas of the coast have been hit by years' worth of erosion in just the past three months.

The tidal surge of last December together with one of the wettest winters on record has wreaked havoc along the East coast.

In April the National Trust is to publish a report highlighting those areas in the Anglia region in a critical state.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

Volunteers improve life for water voles

Volunteers at the Bar Hill nature reserve in Cambridgeshire
Volunteers at the Bar Hill nature reserve in Cambridgeshire Credit: South Cambs District Council

Endangered water voles have been given a helping hand by volunteers who have carried out a tidy up at Bar Hill nature reserve in Cambridgeshire.

The team has been cutting back hawthorn and brambles ahead of work planned for later in the year which will see ditches dug and banks formed to make the area a haven for the animals.

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Peterborough strives for sustainability

Peterborough Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral Credit: ITV Anglia

People living and working in Peterborough are being asked to help make the city the most environmental in the UK.

The City Council has published plans which aim to make Peterborough one of the most sustainable places in the country.

Targets include cutting carbon emissions, reducing energy and water use, improving sustainable transport and increasing recycling.

Other goals include getting more people using libraries and going to the theatre.

Sea defence scheme to protect 400 homes

The scheme could protect hundreds of homes Credit: ITV News Anglia

A sea defence scheme to protect around 400 homes around Clacton at a cost of £36 million goes before planners this week.

The Environment Agency has approved the plans and Tendring District Council are expected to give them the go ahead at a meeting on 7 January.

The coastline at Clacton, Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fishtail groynes would be built along a 5km stretch of coastline from Clacton Pier to Holland Haven in Essex.

New electric charge points for cars in Luton

by Tanya Mercer

Six charging points for electric cars have been installed at railway stations in Luton and St Albans as part of a scheme to encourage more people to buy environmental-friendly vehicles.

There are only around 400 such electric cars in the East of England and research shows charging points often go unused.

The points have cost £28,000 with the rail company First Capital Connect picking up half the bill and the rest of the cash coming from the government.

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

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Essex pig farm fined over pollution incidents

Contaminated water in a ditch in West Mersea. Credit: Environment Agency

A company that runs a pig farm in Essex has been fined £15,000 after effluent twice polluted a ditch which drains into the Colne Estuary.

The Environment Agency said AM Gray & Co Limited caused water pollution on two occasions after pig slurry from their Bocking Hall Pig Farm, in West Mersea, got into a tributary of the Pyefleet Channel earlier in 2013.

The company pleaded guilty to two charges of causing polluting pig slurry to enter the tributary at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court. They also pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Environment Agency of the first incident.

Otter's lunch

An otter with a pike in tow
An otter with a pike in tow Credit: www.BirdMad.com

An otter displays its formidable hunting ability as it swims with a huge pike in its mouth.

The dramatic picture was taken near Thetford in Norfolk by Dean Eades.

For more examples of Dean's photography click here.

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