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The Durham Wildlife Trust captured this fantastic video of starlings in Gateshead.
Thousands of starlings have been gathering over Shibdon Pond to perform this aerial display.
Vivien Kent, Conservation Officer at Durham Wildlife Trust, says "Starlings are a red listed bird and their numbers have reduced significantly from 30 or 40 years ago. This is thought to be due to loss of habitat and changes in farming methods. The large numbers seen in this country in the autumn and winter are not just local birds, they are supplemented by millions that arrive from continental Europe where the winters are mush harsher making it more difficult to survive"
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.”
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A pod of up to 100 dolphins has been sighted up and down the North East coast.
Footage of them was shot on a mobile phone from the deck of a vintage lifeboat during a pleasure trip off Whitby.
There are reports that the pod has been spotted near Scarborough, and as far north as Sunderland.
A six week otter pup found in a caravan park near Stockton is being rehomed this morning.
'Otty' was handed into a vet's surgery last week.
Since then he has gained weight and is now ready for a new life at a wildlife centre in Cheshire.
Police are warning dog walkers in Darlington to take extra care after food which is thought to have been deliberately spiked with harmful objects was left in popular parks.
An apple with a metal screw pushed into it was left in The Denes park on Monday.
A month earlier, sausages with nails hidden inside were left in South Park.
Police say a dog in The Denes was close to eating the apple but its owner managed to spot the screw.
It's believed the food was left by someone intent on hurting dogs or wildlife.
Police are warning dog walkers in Darlington to take extra care after food which is thought to have been deliberately spiked with harmful objects was left in popular parks. An apple with a metal screw pushed into the flesh was left in The Denes park on Monday.
It comes a month after sausages with nails hidden inside were left in the town's South Park. Police say a dog being walked in The Denes was close to eating the apple but its owners managed to spot the screw.
Police believe the food was left by someone intent on hurting dogs or wildlife. They're warning dog owners to be extra vigilant when letting their pets off the lead and ask anyone with information to come forward.
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Birdwatchers have been flocking to Sunderland to catch a glimpse of a rare type of bird.
A European Bee-eater was seen in a garden, and the tiny visitor attracted crowds from all over the country.
The species is rare in the UK, and mainly resides in southern Europe. This time of year the birds usually migrate to north Africa.
One birdwatcher - Steve Bailey - had come from Manchester to see it: