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Rainton Meadows wins gold

Flowers in bloom at Rainton Meadows Credit: Durham Wildlife Trust

Durham Wildlife Trust is celebrating after one of its reserves won a prestigious award.

The organisation won a Northumbria in Bloom Gold Award for Rainton Meadows, near Houghton le Spring, in recognition of its conservation work on the site.

“Managing grasslands to encourage wild flowers is an important part of what we do at our reserves, both to attract wildlife and to enhance the experience for visitors, so to be recognised for our efforts is welcome news.”

– Director Jim Cokill, Durham Wildlife Trust
Rainton Meadows Credit: Durham Wildlife Trust

Moth Night: Get involved and start counting

It is Moth Night tonight and you can get involved.

It is very simple, you just need to identify and count the moths you see in your garden tonight.

There are several ways to attract them - find out more here

Silver Y Moth Credit: Sheila Cartwright

Around 40 species of migrating moths have appeared in the UK for the first time in the last 15 years - some travelling from as far as North Africa.

You might also spot a moth marked by researchers which could provide more information about migration. Credit:

Once you have your count completed you can record your findings here.

The count lasts for three nights so if you are not about tonight there is still time to get involved - and let us know how you get on.

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Deer may have been deliberately killed

Police say a deer, which was discovered dead in a ditch, may have been deliberately killed.

The animal was found in the Gosforth area of Newcastle on Monday 24th August. Police say it had been dead for some time.

The Northumbria force says the discovery, on Heathery Lane, follows two reports of suspected poachers in the area earlier this year. On those occasions, no evidence of any offences was found.

The force's wildlife co-ordinator, Don Churchill, says:

"Northumbria Police ensures all wildlife crimes are investigated thoroughly.

Deer poaching is a criminal offence under the Deer Act 1991. Appropriate action will be taken against those found to have been involved in committing such offences.

We take poaching very seriously and our Wildlife Crime Officers work with local gamekeepers, wildlife managers and landowners to target illegal poachers."

– Northumbria Police


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Controversial fracking proposals to be submitted

An energy company is to submit controversial plans for fracking in North Yorkshire to the county's council today.

Parts of the North Yorkshire Moors could be subject to fracking Credit: Press Association

Third energy say they want permission "to hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations, at the existing Well KM8 at Kirby Misperton".

Samples were taken from the site in 2013 which suggested it was not suitable for drilling, however, samples from deeper sections of the rock produced better results.

The Frack Free Rydale group are planning to protest the move saying that approval could lead to more than 900 wells in the area.

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