A red squirrel at a conservation centre in Norfolk has stunned wardens by producing her 48th kitten.
Affectionately named Tortoiseshell, the seven-year-old squirrel has proved to be one of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust's greatest success stories, producing her littlers since 2008.
Tortoiseshell and her former partner Tweedledum were considered one of the most successful breeding pairs in the Trust’s history, but when Tweedledum died in 2012 there was concern she might never breed again.
But Tortoiseshell’s latest match with new partner Bryn has produced three new kittens - two male and one female.
Wardens predict that the kittens were born between late February and early March They venture from the drey after 6 to 7 weeks and are fully weaned by 10 weeks old.
Chrissie Kelley, Head of Species Management for the Trust and Coordinator for the East Anglian Red Squirrel group said “Red squirrels only survive in a handful of locations in the UK, which is why we’re so fortunate to have successful breeding pairs here at Pensthorpe.
"By having her here we can highlight the beauty and character of this enigmatic species by capturing the imagination of our visitors and educating them on their plight.”
Swifts are becoming an increasingly rare sight in the skies of the UK.
Concerned about the declining numbers, specialists from around the world have met in Cambridge to discuss ways to save them.
The small birds are said to herald the arrival of the British summer when they arrive on these shores on their annual migration from Africa.
Swifts spend nearly all their lives in flight. They eat, mate, even sleep on the wing. Only when it's time to have their young do they settle down for a while.
But after flying 3,000 miles from Africa, in just five days, many are struggling to find a place to stay here.
Dick Newell from Action for Swifts said: "The reason is thought to be mainly loss of nest sites, because roofs and houses and walls get repaired. New buidings are impervious to any living creature and so it's just a one-way street of decline and we have to do something about that."
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It's the time of year that the countryside is teeming with a rich harvest of edible food for free.
A canny cook, Jo Miles from Surlingham in south Norfolk, took ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray on a foraging expedition to make lunch from things they found for free, in fields, hedgerows and by the roadside.
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ITV News Anglia has been looking at cooking up food for free that has been gathered from the region's fields, hedgerows and woodland.
As part of the filming, a horseradish was dug up and presenter Emma Baker took up the challenge of making it into a sauce. Here's the recipe:
Peel and finely grate the horseradish. Add a good dollop of yoghurt and cream - how much will depend on how strong you like your sauce.
Add a generous squeeze of lemon juice to taste and voila! Homemade horseradish sauce, best served with roast beef or smoked fish. Bon appetit!
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When it comes to insects there's only one man he turns to for help.
Martin French is a bug expert and in a 60 foot shed in the bottom of his Norfolk garden he has tens of thousands of creepy crawlies who could be the next small thing on the box.
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A "state of nature" report by scientists from the country's leading conservation organisations reveals Britain's plant, mammal, insect and bird life is in trouble - with numbers falling for more than 60 per cent of species.
Among the more startling predictions is that the hedgehog could be extinct within 15 years.
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