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Flooding: warnings to be prepared this winter

Be prepared for flooding Credit: ITV News Central

The Environment Agency is warning of an increased risk of flooding this winter. After days of rain in recent weeks, the ground in many parts of the Midlands is saturated.

Figures show around 620 properties were flooded across the Midlands between April 2012 and March of this year. During the same period, the Environment Agency issued 432 flood warnings with more than three quarters of them between November and January.

To minimise the impact of potential floods on homes this year, workers are now clearing watercourses where there's been flooding in the past.

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Staffordshire homeowners protest wind farm plans

More than 600 home owners in Staffordshire are protesting over a planning application to erect wind turbines close to their properties.

Residents of Aston Lodge Park, in Stone, say it's been fast tracked and say they were only given 14 days to file objections..

Staffordshire Borough Council say all legal requirements were met.

Wind turbines Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

NFU sceptical about badger vaccinations

The National Farmers Union say they would like to be in a position to be able to use vaccination as a way to stop the spread of Bovine TB in cattle - but it's too difficult to do and it's too expensive.

The NFU have been reacting to the news that Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust is seeking to raise thirty thousand pounds to vaccinate badgers on its nature reserves.

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Trust: Bovine TB in badgers will be gone in 5 years

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust are confident that there will be no bovine TB in badgers after their five year vaccination programme.

The vaccination only works in badgers that do not have the disease already.

But Neil Pilcher, the Senior Conservation Officer at the Trust, says those badgers in the area that are already infected with the virus will die off within the project timescale.

Badgers used to traps before capture and vaccination

A badger about to be vaccinated Credit: ITV News Central

Volunteers and staff of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust have been ensuring badgers are used to the traps before they can be vaccinated.

The vaccine is prepared Credit: ITV News Central

The trust then sets down traps on two consecutive nights to capture the badgers, so they can be given the vaccine. They are then marked to help surveys detect which badgers are vaccinated.

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