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Can you make your garden more hedgehog-friendly for Wild About Gardens Week?

Can you make your garden more hedgehog-friendly? Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Conservation workers in Suffolk are urging gardeners to help hedgehogs as part of national Wild About Gardens Week.

Numbers have dropped dramatically over the past 10 years - with a third of the UK population thought to have been lost.

Wild About Gardens Week - from Monday October 26 to Sunday November 1 - celebrates all garden wildlife but this year its organisers, the Royal Horticultural Society and the Wildlife Trusts, want a particular focus on hedgehogs.

Gardeners are being asked to create "hedgehog holes" in fences and take other action to make their green spaces more welcoming to the fast-declining species.

In 2014, Suffolk Wildlife launched a campaign which aims to build a picture of where hedgehogs can still be found in the county. Sightings can be reported by visiting their website.

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Rare butterfly spotted for first time in half a century

The rare Yellow-Legged Swallowtail has been spotted in Norfolk. Credit: RSPB

Butterfly enthusiasts are on the lookout for a rare species which has been spotted in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex for the first time in more than 50 years.

The Yellow-Legged Tortoiseshell is believed to have arrived in the UK from eastern Europe. The latest potential sighting was in Taverham near Norwich.

Charity issues warning to dog owners about snake bites

The Veterinary charity PDSA is warning dog owners about the potential dangers of snake bites, after one dog nearly died after being bitten on the face while out on a walk.

While it's rare to see adders - they do inhabit some of our heath and woodland in East Anglia.

But experts say the recent mild weather has produced good conditions for the snakes - and that, coupled with an inquisitive dog, can lead to a snake lashing out in self-defence.

Click below to watch a report from Lee Comley

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