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Hedgehogs under threat from gardeners

Hundreds of hedgehogs have been handed into a Gloucestershire wildlife sanctuary after being injured by unwitting gardeners.

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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
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

Large Blue butterfly
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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Hedgehogs in Gloucester maimed by garden tools

Gardeners warned they could seriously hurt hedgehogs
Gardeners warned they could seriously hurt hedgehogs Credit: Carsten Rehder/DPA/Press Association Images

Gardeners are being warned they could seriously hurt hedgehogs if they use strimmers and rakes under hedges.

Animal sanctuary Vale Wildlife near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire has more than 100 hedgehogs at the moment.

Some of them have been maimed by garden tools.

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Warnings as thousands to fly from East Mids Airport

More than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport.
More than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport. Credit: ITV News Central

The public are being warned to expect the roads to be busy this bank holiday as more than 40,000 passengers are expected to fly from East Midlands Airport.

The Highways Agency say some roadworks will be suspended, but others, including on the M1, will stay in place for safety reasons.

PICTURES: GCSE results day across the Midlands

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results
Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results Credit: ITV News Central

Schools across the Midlands were today bracing themselves for a dip in GCSE results following a huge shake-up in the exam system.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed in module units and the January exams were also scrapped.

For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed
For the first time, students sat final exams in the summer rather than being continually assessed Credit: ITV News Central

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire saw a slight fall in the number of students gaining 5 A*-C grades but experts say comparisons with previous years are virtually meaningless because of the scale of the reforms.

Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire
Beauchamp College in Oadby in Leicestershire Credit: ITV News Central

Despite the changes to exams though it was a record year for GCSEs at Haywood Academy in Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent.

Haywood Academy
Haywood Academy Credit: ITV News Central
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