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Animal centre 'struggling to cope'

The Eden Animal Rescue Centre are 'struggling to cope' Credit: ITV News Border

An animal rescue centre in Cumbria says it's struggling to cope with the number of animals needing care.

They're almost at crisis point with not enough money and they need volunteers to help them.

Staff at the The Eden Centre just off the M6 near Shap say many people are finding it too expensive to feed their pets and pay vet's bills.

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Vigil to be held over deer cull plans

Campaigners who are against plans for a controversial cull of deer at the Sellafield nuclear site are due to hold a vigil on Sunday (16th February).

Around a dozen roe deer are trapped between two fences at the west Cumbrian site.

Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) has organised the protest outside the site gates.

A spokesperson for Sellafield Ltd said culling wildlife of any sort was a last resort and would only ever been done on expert advice

We have a duty to manage wildlife responsibly at Sellafield Ltd and we take this very seriously, which is why we consult the relevant experts for the best advice when dealing with any wildlife at the site. We have consulted with a veterinary specialist, an ecologist and the Deer Initiative as the lead providers of best practice guidance for sustainable deer management in England and Wales. All the alternative approaches available to a secure nuclear licensed site have been considered and / or attempted before deciding to cull the small number of deer at Sellafield.

– Sellafield Ltd

How hedgehog homes are helping fish stocks

The Environment Agency is revisiting a Cumbrian lake where hedgehog shaped refuges were installed last year to help protect fish stocks.

Bassenthwaite is the first English lake to use the spiky constructions which provide shelter and a safe haven from predators.

A remote control boat will help monitor how well they are working.

Campaign launched to promote Herdwick sheep

A new campaign has been launched to promote one of Cumbria's best known animals, the Herdwick sheep.

Taste Cumbria want to tell people about the distinctive flavour of the meat and help to make it a premium product around the country.

The campaign has been given £50,000 by The Prince's Countryside Fund and is supported by all six of Cumbria's MPs.

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The 'Big Garden Watch': How you can get involved

For people living in built up areas or those looking to get out into the wider countryside the RSPB are organising events over the weekend of the 25th-26th of January.

Visitors to Whinlatter Visitor Centre in Keswick and Grizedale Visitor Centre in Ambleside on those days will be able to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch there as well as learning how to attract more wildlife into their gardens and how to identify the wildlife they see in them.

There will also be an event at Leighton Moss on the 18-19 of January.

You can register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2014 and find out more information about events near you at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call 0300 456 8330.

Top 10 species spotted in Cumbria

  1. House Sparrow
House Sparrow Credit: Hinrich BÀsemann/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Chaffinch
Chaffinch Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Blackbird
Blackbird Credit: Tim Brakemeier/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Blue Tit
Blue Tit Credit: Tim Brakemeier/DPA/Press Association Images
  1. Starling
Starling Credit: Tim Goode/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Great Tit
Great Tit Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Coal Tit
Coal Tit Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  1. Jackdaw

  2. Robin

Robin Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport
  1. Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Preparations underway for 'Big Garden Watch'

The RSPB are gearing up for the thirty-fifth annual 'Big Garden Watch' at the end of this month.

The event sees members of the public up and down the country take part in one one of the world's biggest wildlife surveys.

Since it began in 1979, over half a million people have given up an hour of their time over a specified weekend to count and identify the birds they see in their gardens in order to build up a picture of the health of the populations of some of Britain's most popular garden Bird species.

Roe deer remains found in Scottish Borders

Police are investigating after the remains of six roe deer were discovered on a roadside in the Scottish Borders.

It was initially thought the remains found on Bonnington Road, Peebles, were badger carcasses, but following an examination by experts the remains were confirmed to be from roe deer.

Police Scotland are appealing for anyone with information to come forward immediately.

Chief Inspector Andrew Clark, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders commented

"Police Scotland is committed to the full and thorough enquiry into instances of this nature.

"Being a rural policing area, we are aware of the significance of such finds and will continue to robustly investigate wildlife crime in the Scottish Borders"

Detective Inspector Raymond Brown, who is leading the investigation, states:

"Following a report from a local farmer, officers forensically recovered animal remains from a scene near to Bonnington Farm, Peebles on Friday 3rd January.

"An enquiry continues to ascertain the full circumstances surrounding the discovery and to confirm if any criminality is involved."

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