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New badger vaccination scheme announced

A new badger vaccination scheme has been announced as part of efforts to eradicate bovine TB in England.

The Government wants to eradicate bovine TB by 2038. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Rural Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Truss launched the new Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme (BEVS) as part of the Government’s strategy to make England bovine TB-free by 2038.

The scheme will support badger vaccination projects in the middle of the country such as Cheshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire, which are most at risk from the disease spreading from areas such as the South West and West Midlands.

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Thousands flock to Chatsworth county fair

It's the second day of Chatsworth Country fair and thousands more visitors are expected to flock to the stately home in North Derbyshire as it opens its doors for the biggest country fair in the UK.

The three day event, which brings together the best food, displays and crafts on offer, continues tomorrow. And yesterday there was some gold medal talent getting it all under way as Martin fisher reports.

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Chatsworth Country Fair expecting thousands of visitors

Over 100,000 people are expected at Chatsworth House over the next three days as the stately home hosts its annual country fair.

Over 100,000 people are expected at Chatsworth House

Tomorrow the fair will host a flypast by planes from Lincolnshire's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Olympic Gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent opened the event with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. And he revealed he worked as a volunteer at Chatsworth before starting his sporting career.

High Court rejects Gloucestershire badger cull challenge

The High Court has rejected a challenge to a Government decision to allow the latest badger cull go ahead without monitoring Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The High Court has rejected an 11th-hour challenge to a Government decision to let the latest badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset go ahead without monitoring by a panel of independent experts.

The Badger Trust was seeking a ruling to block "controlled shooting" of free-roaming badgers in the two counties unless a panel is put in place.

This year's pilot culls are trying to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is testing whether the shooting method can be rolled out to other parts of the country.

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Rare butterfly gets new home in Cotswolds

The rare Large Blue is at home in the Cotswolds Credit: Butterfly Conservation

Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation are officially opening a new reserve in the Cotswolds that could become home for the UK’s rarest butterfly – the previously extinct Large Blue.

Rough Bank reserve near Stroud, Gloucestershire, is already one of the best butterfly sites in the UK and is one of the only reserves where it is possible to see five species of blue butterfly.

The flower-strewn hillside reserve overlooks the Slad Valley – the area made famous by writer Laurie Lee in his autobiographical novel Cider with Rosie.

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Campaigners fight plans for homes near Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall itself is owned by the National Trust Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners are fighting plans to build up to 400 new houses on a large area of parkland near the Kedleston Hall estate in Derbyshire.

Campaigners, who call themselves 'the Kedleston Voice', are opposing the sale of the land to the housing developers on the grounds of harm to the environment and wildlife, traffic congestion, and a lack of schools and other facilities.

The National Trust, who own Kedleston Hall, say they do not own the land which could be sold for housing, and that they are concerned that the development of that site could impact on the setting of the hall and historic grounds.

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Talks begin to extend badger vaccination scheme

With the second season of the pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire due to begin soon, another method of trying to control TB is now in its fifth and final year.

Last year the Badger Vaccine Deployment Project inoculated almost 900 of the animals, and this year are hoping to do even more. They are also training people to vaccinate the badgers themselves. Talks are underway to possibly extend the scheme.

The clip above shows badgers being vaccinated this morning.

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Not-so-'live'stock at the Bakewell show

Not just real livestock on display but handmade ones as well! All made by local schools. Judging took place in the cattle mart. Credit: ITV Yorkshire
"Woolamina" won gold Credit: ITV Yorkshire

These animals were made by schoolchildren for the Bakewell Show. "Woolamina" won gold. No fake animals were harmed in the making of this photo!

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