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Dramatic fall in number of butterflies in region

It may be quite early to be thinking about butterflies - but there have already been some sightings in Kent and Sussex, according to the charity

If you have seen one and can correctly identify what it is then they want to hear about it. The organisation monitors moths and butterflies - because their numbers have dwindled over the past 20 years.

The Kent Wildlife Trust told us in certain areas of the South East like Blean Woods near Canterbury, numbers of some species are doing well.

But as Butterfly Conservation admits, in our towns and cities there's been a dramatic fall. Duncan Sleightholme has been investigating.

Butterflies struggling to cope with climate change

Fears for the future of butterflies Credit: ITV

Birds and butterflies are struggling to cope with climate change under intensive land use. Researchers at the University of Reading say some of Britain's much-loved birds and butterflies could be wiped out in certain areas if they do not have sufficient natural habitat. Scientists looked at more than four decades of bird and butterfly records.


Two Oxford farmers to lead cow procession in London

Two cows will be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral

Two Oxford farmers will lead a procession of cows in London this morning to celebrate the best of British livestock.

Two of Tina Russell and Simon Farmer's own cows will front the parade and will also be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral.

More than 200 farmers from across the UK will take part in the event which will also include calves, lambs and chickens.

Cows will parade through London

Metal detectors searching war site sought by police

Police say they're keen to talk to two men in connection with illicit metal detecting which took place at Butts Brow, Eastbourne, on Sunday 6 November.

The site is close to a memorial for a B24 Liberator bomber crew whose airctaft crashed there during the Second World War.

Police would like to speak to these men Credit: Sussex Police

Police say the illicit use of metal detectors can lead to permanent loss of important historical information or artefacts, and damage land which may be protected.

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