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WATCH: a walk on the wild side

In the second of our special reports from the Farne Islands, Paul Crone joins Carlisle's wildlife photography and filmmaking students as they step onto dry land.

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WATCH: Cumbria's wildlife photographers

Paul Crone joined the students of a Carlisle-based degree course on wildlife photography and filmmaking on a trip to the Farne Islands.

Watch the first of his two reports from one of Northumberland's most famous bird and seal colonies:

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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