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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.

Badgers vaccinated to stop spread of bovine TB

Badgers are being vaccinated against bovine TB, as part of a project by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.

A badger is trapped in a cage in order to be vaccinated Credit: ITV News Central

The Trust want to vaccinate badgers against the disease to stop it spreading to cattle, and oppose the planned culling that is due to take place in the West Country next week.

Read more on the imminent badger culling from ITV West Country

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Wildlife trust: Badger cull is 'not the answer'

The Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust, who are planning to vaccinate badgers on their nature reserves instead of culling them to prevent the risk of Bovine TB, believe a cull is not the answer.

"We are very conscious of the hardship that bovine TB causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease... However, we believe that a badger cull is not the answer."

– Trust Director Simon Bentley

Wildlife trust's plea for £30k to vaccinate badgers

Pilot badger culls are due to get underway in Gloucestershire and Somerset Credit: PA

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is trying to raise £30,000 to vaccinate badgers against bovine TB on its key nature reserves.

The Trust is opposed to the Government plans of badger culling and say it won't happen on their land.

The Trust says it owns three pedigree cattle herds, which it uses to provide conservation grazing, vital to manage wetland, grassland and heathland nature reserves in the counties.

It's asking for help to raise the money to vaccinate the badgers on its nature reserves.

East Midlands energy bills £450 higher than average

Figures show East Midlands as least energy efficient area in the country Credit: PA

Energy bills in the East Midlands are £450 higher than average. Latest Government figures show homes in the region are using 40% more energy than in other areas of the country.

It's after a study by consultancy firm WSP into how energy efficient certain regions are.

It looked at how much mains electricity and gas is used, and show that the average annual household bills for a home in the East Midlands exceed £1600, £450 more than the average annual bill of £1172.

The South West are the best energy savers, spending approximately £200 less than the average at £970 per year, and a whopping £650 less than the average spend in the East Midlands.

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Birmingham in bloom for international competition

Spitfire in bloom Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham represents the country in a European competition to find the best environmental city.

Judges have been in the city to see what horticultural and environmental qualities it has to offer.

Flower sculpture on New Street

These are just some of the sights the judges of the Entente Florale contest have seen today in Birmingham, which faces competition from cities across the continent.

The winner will be announced on September 27.

Flowers on Victoria Square Credit: ITV News Central

Judges shown Birmingham's best in garden contest

Judges in a competition to find Europe's best garden city were today being shown around some of Birmingham's best-known historical landmarks.

They set off this morning and have taken a tour around popular spots including Eastside, Millennium Point, Sarehole Mill, Longbridge, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston Guinea Gardens, St Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row and Birmingham Council House.

Birmingham's St Philip's Cathedrial in Colmore Row is among the popular spots to be shown to judges
Birmingham's St Philip's Cathedrial in Colmore Row is among the popular spots to be shown to judges Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

The visit is part of the judging process for the Entente Florale competition, which aims to pick the best horticultural and environmental city in Europe.

Birmingham will be up against cities in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Slovenia in the battle for the title.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Belgium on September 27.

Birmingham battles for 'best flowers in Europe' title

Birmingham has been chosen to represent the UK in a competition to find the best environmental city in Europe.

This weekend, a judging panel made up of dignitaries from across Europe will visit some of the city's best-known historical landmarks as part of the Entente Florale contest.

One of Birmingham's floral displays, created for a gardening competition in 2012
One of Birmingham's floral displays, created for a gardening competition in 2012 Credit: Birmingham City Council

Birmingham is up against cities in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and Slovenia in the battle for the title.

They will be judged on both their horticultural and environmental qualities.

Full report: £10,000 on bees from Italy for Shropshire

Whether you love or hate bees, there is no denying that we all need them. But with the wet summers and harsh winters we've had, the bee population is shrinking rapidly.

At one farming estate in the Midlands, they've lost 102 of their 150 hives. So they've taken drastic action by importing £10,000 worth of bees, from Italy - to try to boost numbers. Kate Fisher reports.

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