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Badger cull protestors back at the High Court

"The government has not just moved the goalposts on the badger culls - now it wants to sack the referee". That's what a lawyer told the High Court today.

The Badger Trust is asking a judge to stop the culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, unless an expert panel is reinstated to oversee them. Dozens of supporters demonstrated outside, as Bob Constantine reports


Bristol student discovers new breed of tree frog

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The tree frog discovered by a Bristol student Credit: Samuel Penny

A new species of tree frog has been discovered in the forests of Madagascar by an MSc student at the University of Bristol.

Samuel Penny was studying the amphibians of the Sahamalaza Peninsula in the northwest of the island, with a particular focus on their acoustics, when he discovered the new species in the tree frog genus Boophis.

"This brightly coloured tree frog has a distinctive advertisement call so by placing sound recorders at potential breeding sites, I could plot its distribution across a wide area of the Sahamalaza Peninsula. This also provided detailed information on acoustic variation between individuals and on how its calling pattern changed throughout the night."

– Samuel Penny

GCSE success for Prior Park College students

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Prior Park students celebrate GCSE success Credit: Prior Park College

Prior Park College in Bath reported 54% of all GCSE students passed at Grade A or better with a quarter of all passes being at the highest A* grade.

“It is a genuine pleasure to see the reactions of students who are so deserving of these excellent results – not just those who achieve the highest grades, but those who exceed their own expectations.

Prior is a busy school and so much is asked of the students in all areas of school life. These excellent grades are therefore testament to a year group that truly understands that making the most of your opportunities, contributing your talents and working hard, ultimately do bring the very best of rewards.”

– Headmaster James Murphy-O’Connor

City Academy celebrates GCSE results

Thousands of pupils across the region have been opening their GCSE results.

At the City Academy in Redhill in Bristol, 41 per cent of students achieved 5 A star to C grades - a six per cent rise on last year. It's the first year since Government reforms made final exams count more towards their grades than course work.

Principal Gill Kelly spoke to ITV News:


Zoo owner concerned at 9 month roadworks

The owner of the Tropiquaria zoo in West Somerset says a nine month building project could cause huge problems for his business.

Construction of a roundabout on the A39 for a new Park and Ride to Hinkley Point nuclear plant, will shut the B3190 to Watchet. It means people visiting the Tropiquaria Zoo will have to take a long diversion and the Zoo owner Chris Moiser says he is concerned

Bristol schools show improved GCSE results

Bristol’s schools have achieved improvements in their GCSE results for the 10th year in a row, despite significant changes this year in the way that performance has been assessed.

Provisional results show 56% of students in the city achieved five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C (including English and Maths).

“Well done to our city’s young people. It’s really encouraging that in spite of having to contend with extensive changes to the way GCSEs are being calculated, Bristol schools have not only maintained but improved standards in these qualifications. These latest figures show that students, parents and schools are working well together to take these changes in their stride and achieve positive outcomes for our young people.”

– Cllr Brenda Massey, Bristol City Council’s Assistant Mayor for Education
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