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Autumn colours help East Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the East Midlands admit to feeling down as the nights draw in.

But new research om the National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier, healthier and calmer.

Calke Abbey Credit: National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (50%).

Despite 76% of people in the East Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 38% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with 23% claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

Autumn colour helps West Midlanders fight the blues

Research by the National Trust has found that 40% of people in the West Midlands feel down as the nights draw in and the days get shorter.

But Autumn colour could be the natural tonic to the winter blues. The National Trust has found that the kaleidoscope of natural colours experienced on an autumn walk makes people feel happier.

Walking through Carding Mill Valley in Shropshire, visitors can see blue-tinged hills standing tall in the distance. As the nights draw in during the autumn months, the skies become a dark blue colour. The water in the stream and the waterfall appear to shine brighter and the heather takes on a blue tinge. Credit: The National Trust

Shades of blue you find on walks by water or when the landscape is coloured by the evening’s darkening sky were found to help soothe away stress (38%), while the greens of hilltops and pine woodlands leave people feeling more connected with the natural world (51%).

Despite 68% of people in the West Midlands finding that autumn walks help to combat winter blues, 42% admit to not going on enough walks during the autumn months with just over a third (34%) claiming it’s because they rarely get the chance to go on a stroll.

The short ancient tree walk at Croft Castle in Herefordshire takes you to the spectacular orange scene of the 450 year old Spanish chestnut avenue which is said to be planted in the formation of the Spanish armada. You will also come across the Quarry Oak which has been standing proud for around 1,000 years. Credit: ITV News Central

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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

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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.

High Court rejects Gloucestershire badger cull challenge

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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.

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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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Rare Zebra shark born at Sea Life Centre

A baby Zebra shark has been born at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre Credit: National Sea Life Centre

A rare Zebra shark has been born at Birmingham's National Sea Life Centre.

The two-day old pup hatched from an egg that was donated by an American aquarium.

Sea Life staff are delighted with the new addition because the fish is on the Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of threatened species.