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Signs of Spring: the lilac landscape of Leicester

Crocuses at University of Leicester Botanic Gardens Credit: ITV News Central
Crocuses at University of Leicester Botanic Gardens Credit: ITV News Central
Crocuses at University of Leicester Botanic Gardens Credit: ITV News Central

The crocuses are part of a bigger research collection the research, involved at looking at the origin of the saffron crocus.

Rare albino squirrel sighting sparks excitement

A ranger has told of staff's excitement after a rare albino squirrel set up home at a Warwickshire waterway.

The ghost-white squirrel has been spotted at Draycote Water, near Rugby, in recent weeks - and the ranger has finally managed to capture it on camera.

We’ve been all of a flutter since the ghostly white squirrel was spotted at Draycote Water.

Visitors were reporting sightings of the albino rodent, but as with spectres it was proving difficult to capture on camera.

Because of its white colouring it does standout against the autumnal colours here, but it moves so fast, photographing it was very difficult

Just before Halloween, we can’t believe that this rare rodent has made Draycote Water its new haunt.

We hope that it will stay around for the half term holidays so that all of the local children can have a chance to see it.

– Thomas Crawford, ranger for Severn Trent Water

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Rare 'ghost' squirrel arrives in Warwickshire

A rare 'ghost' squirrel has made a Warwickshire waterway its new haunt.

Visitors to Draycote Water, near Rugby, have spotted flashes of white as the creature settles in to its new home less than two weeks before Halloween.

Until now, however, it has avoided being caught on camera.

This albino squirrel has set up home at Draycote Water near Rugby Credit: Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water ranger Thomas Crawford finally managed to snap the squirrel as it hunted for food.

The albino grey squirrel is one of just 50 thought to be alive in the UK.

The squirrel hunts for food Credit: Severn Trent Water

Starlings get creative in Leamington Spa

Starlings get 'creative' in Leamington Spa Credit: Dave Carvell

On ITV News Central we've recently broadcast a couple of pieces of viewer footage showing starlings gathering in formation at dusk in Leamington Spa.

One of the viewers was Dave Atkinson, and his friend has sent us this photograph today.

It looks like perhaps Dave's friend has been busy on his computer.

Swooping starlings captured in Leamington Spa

ITV News Central viewer Dave Atkinson, has captured on video a flock of starlings in Leamington Spa.

The natural 'black cloud' is considered by RSPB as 'are one of the UK's most incredible wildlife spectacles.'

Throughout the autumn and winter months, hundreds of thousands of starlings turn the sky black around the UK. The birds come together in huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison.

The gathering and swooping of starlings is known as a 'murmuration'.

Starlings join forces for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as falcons find it hard to target one bird amidst a hypnotising flock of thousands.

Starlings also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.

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The rise of the demon shrimp

A new eco-threat to our rivers and canals has been discovered by the Environment Agency. It's only a couple of millimetres long but it could damage miles of Midlands waterways.

It's a species of shrimp that destroys native creatures and plants - and breeds incredibly quickly. It's common in Europe but has never been found in this country - until last week.

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