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Birdwatchers wanted: it's time to count our feathered friends

The House Sparrow was the most common bird spotted in West Country gardens last year. Credit: PA

The RSPB is asking people to take part in its annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey this weekend.

The charity wants us to go outside for an hour and record the wildlife we see.

Last year in the West Country, House Sparrows and Blue Tits were the most common birds spotted.

Each year around 600,000 people take part. This is the survey's 36th year.


Soots you sir! Help for owl stuck in chimney

Secret World Animal Rescue based at East Huntspill in Somerset have taken in a barn owl that was rescued from a chimney.

It is clearly in good hands but we hope this doesn't happen very often.


Urgent appeal to find endangered ponies a new home

Quiver and Quintus have never been apart. Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Two ponies from a critically endangered breed urgently need a new home, say a Somerset animal sanctuary

15-year-old Quiver and Quintus were found a home by Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard after their owner fell ill, but have now lost that to a housing development.

Eriskay ponies are rarer than the Giant Panda, and these two must be kept together, as they have never been separated. The sanctuary say losing grazing land to development companies is happening more and more to horses and livestock.

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They are proving to be exceptionally difficult to find a new home for, so we are appealing to as many people as possible to help us ... They are real little characters and would love a home to call their own to see out the rest of their days.

– Nikki Haddock, Head of Equine at Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Princess Anne's prized pig killed by wild boar

Princess Anne has kept pigs at her Gloucestershire home for several years. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A rare pig belonging to the Princess Royal was savaged by a wild boar which got into its pen in Gloucestershire.

The princess reportedly told a conference of farmers that her Gloucestershire Old Spot boar was killed on Tuesday night.

It was nearby on the M4 earlier this week that a wild boar caused a car accident in which 47-year-old Raymond Green died.

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