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Nocturnal wildlife tours start in Dumfries and Galloway

Nocturnal tours. Credit: ITV News

People from across Dumfries and Galloway are taking advantage of a new tour which allows you to view wildlife in the dark.

The Nocturnal Wildlife Tours run from Castle Douglas, and on the walks you can expect to see everything from baby deer to hedgehogs.

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Cumbria's rivers are flowing back in time

A multi-million pound project designed to return parts of Cumbria's countryside to how it used to be is underway.

Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to make farming easier.

That work is now being reversed in the hope that it will make a better environment for local wildlife.

Amy Dunsmuir has more:

River project will benefit wildlife and reduce flood risk

A multi-million pound project to return parts of the Cumbrian countryside to its natural state is underway.

Hundreds of years ago some of the county's rivers were straightened to expand surrounding land and make farming easier.

Now, a project is underway to reverse that work and improve the surrounding areas for local wildlife.

The work will see some of the original river beds excavated and the river re-routed along them.

Eden Rivers Trust, the Environment Agency and Natural England have been working closely with local landowners and tenant farmers on the project.

The project is set to be finished at the end of the summer.

Maggie Robinson from Natural England explains the benefits of the project:

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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.

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