Baby bustards reared from Spanish eggs

The team re-introducing the Giant Bustard to Wiltshire are increasing the number of birds they rear there and bringing in eggs from Spain.

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Men banned from keeping fish after drinking dare

Two men from Wiltshire have been banned from keeping fish after admitting drinking some for a dare. Terry Gallop from Dilton Marsh was celebrating his birthday when he drank a mix of liquids and two guppies. Gallop admitted 'not meeting the welfare needs of the animals' and was fined £800. The man who filmed the prank, Jason Williams, was also fined.

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Warning from Swindon hospital after hundreds of staff abused

Warning from Swindon hospital after hundreds of staff abused
Warning from Swindon hospital after hundreds of staff abused Credit: ITV News West Country

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon is warning that patients who are abusive could be refused treatment and even prosecuted. It comes after 232 members of staff reported being assaulted in the past year, including the Emergency Department consultant who was swung at, pinned to a wall and even had an instrument trolley thrown at him by patients. The "Respect Us" campaign will remind people that verbal and physical abuse will not be tolerated.

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Women managers in South West earn 3/4 of male earnings

Women managers earn 3/4 of male earnings
Women managers earn 3/4 of male earnings Credit: ITV News West Country

Figures out today show that women managers in the South West are earning three quarters (74%) of what men in full time comparable jobs earn. The 26 percent gender pay gap is the worse in the country - the national average is 23 percent. The data from the Chartered Management Institute shows male managers earn an average of ten and a half thousand pounds a year more than women.

Scheme to bring Bustards to Salisbury Plain extended

Scheme to bring Bustards to Salisbury Plain extended
Scheme to bring Bustards to Salisbury Plain extended Credit: ITV News West Country

A scheme to bring a giant bird back to Salisbury Plain is being extended. The ten-year trial to reintroduce Great Bustard chicks is now over, with 20 of them thriving. Now the team plans to increase numbers by bringing in young from Spain. The Spanish birds are more like the extinct Wiltshire variety than the Russian ones used during the trial.

Spain has the largest Great Bustard population in the world. It has about half the world's Great Bustards. We're actually able to go there and collect eggs, not wait for the tractor to destroy the nest and so on. So in this our first year working from Spain we've been able to rear 33 chicks.

– David Waters, Director, Great Bustard Group
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