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Your Weekend Pictures

You've been sending in your photos of local wildlife and green spaces in your area over the weekend - here are some of the best ones.

Do keep sending them in by posting them to our Facebook page or by emailing them to

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Derby Credit: Paul Hargreaves
A grey heron, taken in Brownhills Credit: Ray Hurd
River Derwent, Derby Credit: Andrew Hudson
Straw's Bridge, Ilkeston Credit: Andrew Hudson
Straw's Bridge, Ilkeston Credit: Andrew Hudson
Wrappenshall Canal Open Day Credit: Jackie Gauton Spoor


Rare albino squirrel sighting sparks excitement

A ranger has told of staff's excitement after a rare albino squirrel set up home at a Warwickshire waterway.

The ghost-white squirrel has been spotted at Draycote Water, near Rugby, in recent weeks - and the ranger has finally managed to capture it on camera.

We’ve been all of a flutter since the ghostly white squirrel was spotted at Draycote Water.

Visitors were reporting sightings of the albino rodent, but as with spectres it was proving difficult to capture on camera.

Because of its white colouring it does standout against the autumnal colours here, but it moves so fast, photographing it was very difficult

Just before Halloween, we can’t believe that this rare rodent has made Draycote Water its new haunt.

We hope that it will stay around for the half term holidays so that all of the local children can have a chance to see it.

– Thomas Crawford, ranger for Severn Trent Water

Rare 'ghost' squirrel arrives in Warwickshire

A rare 'ghost' squirrel has made a Warwickshire waterway its new haunt.

Visitors to Draycote Water, near Rugby, have spotted flashes of white as the creature settles in to its new home less than two weeks before Halloween.

Until now, however, it has avoided being caught on camera.

This albino squirrel has set up home at Draycote Water near Rugby Credit: Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent Water ranger Thomas Crawford finally managed to snap the squirrel as it hunted for food.

The albino grey squirrel is one of just 50 thought to be alive in the UK.

The squirrel hunts for food Credit: Severn Trent Water

Swooping starlings captured in Leamington Spa

ITV News Central viewer Dave Atkinson, has captured on video a flock of starlings in Leamington Spa.

The natural 'black cloud' is considered by RSPB as 'are one of the UK's most incredible wildlife spectacles.'

Throughout the autumn and winter months, hundreds of thousands of starlings turn the sky black around the UK. The birds come together in huge clouds, wheeling, turning and swooping in unison.

The gathering and swooping of starlings is known as a 'murmuration'.

Starlings join forces for many reasons. Grouping together offers safety in numbers – predators such as falcons find it hard to target one bird amidst a hypnotising flock of thousands.

Starlings also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas.


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