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Red Squirrels rarest animals in wildlife survey

Reds are rare Credit: PA

The results of the world's biggest wildlife survey have been released today.

More than 30,000 people from East Anglia took part in the RSPB's Garden Wildlife survey, the rarest creature was the red squirrel which was seen by less than 1% seeing of those taking part.

The most common - its cousin the grey squirrel

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House sparrow tops the list of garden birds in the east

On a cold weekend in January 65,000 people across the East of England took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Now the results have been released by the RSPB and there are a few surprises.

They say that numbers are down slightly, but it could be because our mild winter has meant that some birds have been able to find their food elsewhere in the countryside.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight

RSPB criticised for deer cull

The RSPB has been criticised for deer cull. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The RSPB has defended a decision to cull 250 red deer on a nature reserve in Suffolk.

The conservation charity, based in Bedfordshire, has been criticised for killing the animals at Minsmere, on the coast near Southwold.

t says the cull was necessary because a significant increase in deer numbers was having a negative impact on other wildlife. The RSPB said the animals had no natural predators.

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Christmas dinner warning for garden birds

The RSPB are recommending not leaving leftovers out for garden birds Credit: ITV News

The RSPB is warning people not to leave leftover fat from their Christmas dinners out for the birds.

The Bedfordshire based Society says turkey fat - unlike lard and suet - can be dangerous to garden birds, as it may contain high levels of salt or bacteria like salmonella.

Concern over declining bird numbers

Some of the region's most familiar birds are experiencing a dramatic decline in numbers according to figures revealed today.

The RSPB, which has it's headquarters at Sandy in Bedfordshire, has found 16 species found in East Anglia have declined by a third since 1995.

Among them are willow tit, starling, cuckoo, lapwing and wood warbler.

While grey patridges and turtle doves are down by half in the same period.

Policeman guilty of keeping hundreds of wild bird eggs

A court's been hearing how a serving police officer kept an illegal collection of wild birds eggs including some rare ones taken from reserves on the Suffolk coast.

650 eggs were found in a raid on PC Michael Upson's home at Sotherton near Halesworth in Suffolk in June. Among them were eggs from woodlarks and marsh harriers which are some of the country's rarest breeding species.

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