The cub, Otto, is thought to have been separated from his mother for days when he was rescued by a man and his son, who heard his cries.Read the full story ›
A game farmer from Cropton in North Yorkshire has been found guilty of permitting the use of a pole trap on his farm and fined £4000 by Scarborough Magistrates.
Michael Wood, who is 68, was also ordered to pay £750 court costs and a £120 victim surcharge, following the use of covert surveillance by RSPB Investigations Unit staff.
Two members of Mr Wood’s staff had previously been cautioned by North Yorkshire Police for the use of five pole traps on the farm.
Magistrates ruled it was “inconceivable” that Mr Wood would not have seen one of the pole traps being used by his staff. Westfield Farm rears pheasants and partridges for the game shooting industry.
Pole traps are a method of trapping birds that was outlawed over a hundred years ago. They consist of a steel trap placed on top of a pole that crushes the legs of any wild bird that land on them.
RSPB Investigations Officer, Howard Jones, said: “It is time that these cruel traps were consigned to the history books, but as long as they are being used we will continue to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice."
They're as much a feature of the seaside as fish and chips or sticks of rock, but seagulls have now been dubbed "muggers" of our coastal towns ahead of a top level summit in Scarborough today.
There's been growing concern about the birds causing mess, and even dive-bombing locals and tourists in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.
Now civic leaders are to meet with conservationists, pest controllers and seaside traders to work out what, if anything, can be done to limit the nuisance.
Herring gulls and kittiwakes are protected by law and in the case of herring gulls, can only be culled if they are posing a proven risk to public health and safety.
Scarborough Council officials say birds nesting in the towns can cause a variety of problems including "excessive noise and sleep deprivation; fouling by droppings and regurgitated food; litter and mess from scavenging; attacks by parent birds; damage to property; blockage of gas flues; and mugging or stealing food."
A young seal was given shelter in a lifeboat station before being released back into safe waters in the River Tees.Read the full story ›
A woman in Hetton-le-Hole is teaching her dog Bella 365 tricks - one for every day of the year.
Lynn Stacey has been a wheelchair user for two years and Bella already helps her around the house by opening drawers, putting washing in the machine and even taking Lynn's shoes and socks off.
Now to raise money for Dog Aid, which trains dogs to help people with disabilities, Lynn is teaching Bella a new trick every day for a year and posting the videos online.
Click below to see Bella's "Sleep" trick...
...and click below for Bella's "Frisk" trick.
To see Lynn's website click here. Or you can even follow Bella herself on Twitter:
A man has come forward and admitted to throwing a live chicken into the McDonald's restaurant in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees.Read the full story ›
Barn Owls are becoming a rare sight, with only 4,000 pairs in the UK. To tackle this some farmers are creating breading areas for them.Read the full story ›
A family of otters has set up home on the banks of the River Allen at Staward Gorge, near Bardon Mill, in Northumberland.
The National Trust is keeping a close watch on them and says it shows just how good the environment is for wildlife in the area.
Chris Johnson, National Trust ranger:
The National Trust has managed to capture the otter family on otter-cam!
Dairy farmers need greater protection from falling milk price, MPs have said. A report by Efra says farmers being put out of business.Read the full story ›
A seven-week old white and brown King Charles Cavalier puppy was stolen during a burglary in Newcastle this weekend.
It happened at an address in Strathmore Crescent on Sunday, January 18.
The burglars broke in and also stole a playstation and DVDs.
Newcastle West Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison said:
Clearly the owner is distressed and desperate for the puppy to be returned and I would ask anyone who has any information about this burglary to contact us."
Northumbria Police are asking any one with information to contact 101.