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Wildlife training scheme wins £830,000 lottery grant

Wildlife skills trainees have a go at strimming Credit: Beth Aucott

A scheme that offers training in wildlife skills has won a £830,000 lottery grant.

The money will finance almost 50 placements with the region's Wildlife Trusts. The course includes formal qualifications and is aimed at providing young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities in the field of conservation.

Report warns of issues with Devon's wildlife

A new report is being published looking at the fortunes of Devon's wildlife. Called the 'State of Devon's Nature', it's being launched at a special one-day conference in Cullompton.

It warns of struggling species and landscapes and suggests the way forward is better collaboration between landowners, farmers, and conservation charities.

A new report is warning Devon's wildlife needs better collaboration between landowners and conservation charities. Credit: PA

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Wildlife park development underway

Bristol Zoo will open the first part of its new wildlife park this summer.

The ambitious project will be called Wild Place and people will be able to walk around a recreation of a Madagascan village and African savannah, complete with a variety of animals.

This is only the first stage in a much larger project to develop the full 136 acre site close to Cribbs Causeway in South Gloucestershire.

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