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Experts gather in Cambridge in fight to save the swift

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."

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Cooking up food for free with a countryside harvest

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.

Click below to watch the food being cooked

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Emma's Homemade Horseradish Sauce

Peeled horseradish Credit: ITV News Anglia

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!

Grated horseradish Credit: ITV News Anglia

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It's a bug's life for Norfolk's creepy crawler collector

David Attenborough is the natural history expert who has brought so many species to life on television but where would he be without the stars of the show?

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.

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia's Natalie Gray

Hedgehog extinction warning

Hedgehogs are under threat Credit: PA Archive

The region's hedgehogs could be extinct within 15 years - that's the shock warning from one wildlife expert.

Sandra Craske, of AFA Hedgehog Rescue at Fakenham in Norfolk, said slug pellets were being used to kill beetles, bugs and worms - the staple diet of the hedgehogs. She believes they could die out in the next 10 to 15 years.

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