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.

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Plans for new solar farm in Norfolk

A new solar farm is planned for Northwold near Thetford in Norfolk Credit: PA

A new solar farm, which could generate power up around 2,000 homes, is being proposed for Northwold near Thetford in Norfolk.

Local residents are being called to a consultation meeting on the 6 megawatt project on Tuesday 30 April.

The plans are being put forward by Lightsource Renewable Energy which is Britain's largest generator of solar energy.

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Thetford forest's future safe

Thetford forest won't be sold off
Thetford forest won't be sold off Credit: ITV Anglia

Thetford Forest will not be sold off and will be protected for future generations as the government has announced a new public body will be created to look after the country's forests.

An independent body will own and maintain the forest
An independent body will own and maintain the forest Credit: ITV Anglia

The independent body will own and maintain the forest and work with local groups to encourage people to get involved in managing the woodland.

The new group will also work with landowners to make sure it's sustainably managed.
The new group will also work with landowners to make sure it's sustainably managed. Credit: ITV Anglia

The new group will also work with landowners to make sure it's sustainably managed. The announcement comes after the government originally suggested it wanted to sell the forests off.

Low energy housing plans for UEA

Students at the University of East Anglia could have the opportunity to live in new low-energy housing from 2014.

The University of East Anglia is based in Norwich

Plans for the 58 million pound development go on display on Tuesday, and the public consultation runs until mid December. The 231-bed building will be situated on the eastern edge of the Norwich Campus.

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Rare bird spotted in Colchester

by Serena Sandhu

A bird that hasn’t been seen in Essex for 25 years has been spotted at the Abberton Reservoir in Colchester. Staff spotted the Desert Wheatear on Sunday. It’s thought to have become lost migrating from Asia to Africa and has settled on a large sandpit.

Bird watchers have flocked to the centre to catch a glimpse of it for themselves

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