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Beautiful photos taken for prestigious competition

This picture of a Kingfisher taken by Tom Way won "Adult Overall Winner" Credit: Tom Way
This close up of a bee won 15-year-old Emily Swettenham 'Junior Overall Winner' Credit: Emily Swettenham

This years Marwell Wildlife's Photographer of the Year was a tough competition, with judges being spoilt for choice.

Tom Way's 'Kingfisher Diving' beat off the tough competition to take the award 'Adult Overall Winner".

As well as winning the title, he also won a trip to Sweden with professional photographer Nick Garbutt as well as a range of photography equipment.

Tom said, "Normally all you see of a kingfisher is a flash of blue along the river bank."

This year's 'Junior Overall Winner' was Emily Sweetenham with her incredible close up of a bee.

She said, "I called it The Apian Way because it shows bees at work. It's taken at a National Trust property in Stourhead."

Endangered zebra born at Hampshire zoo

The foal, Luna, is now a week old Credit: Marwell Zoo

Animal keepers at Marwell Zoo have announced the arrival of a female Hartmann’s zebra - the first for 16 years. This stripy long legged foal is now a week old and is an important animal for the future of the species.

The playful youngster was born overnight on Tuesday September 24 to first time parents Libra (Mum) and Gounzo (Dad). Keepers have named the little foal Luna, which follows a 'space' theme for Hoofstock baby names this year.

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Visitors welcome to animal hospital

An animal charity in Surrey will open the doors of its wildlife hospital to the public for its annual open day.

The event is the only opportunity for members of the public to go behind the scenes at the Wildlife Aid Foundation's (WAF) centre for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.

Visitors to the centre in Leatherhead will have the chance to meet WAF founder Simon Cowell and his team, who may be familiar to animal lovers through the TV series Wildlife SOS, shown on Animal Planet.

The annual open day - on July 7th - is the WAF's biggest single fundraising event of the year and helps the charity meet the ever-increasing cost of keeping its hospital and wildlife rescue service running.

Wildlife vanishing from countryside

Click video. There's a stark warning that some of our most familiar wildlife could vanish from the countryside within decades. A comprehensive new survey by 25 conservation groups has revealed that 60% of species in our region are declining.

Birds, insects and mammals are all affected. Habitat loss and climate change among the causes. So is it too late to save the South East's wildlife? Malcolm Shaw has been finding out

Red Kites 'small success story of good conservation'

Red Kites wait to be released Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Conservationists say the successful re-introduction of red kites to Britain offers hope that other British species such as skylarks will be able to recover.

Two thousand British species 'in serious decline'

British hedgehogs have declined in numbers Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A major new study including researchers from Sussex and Dorset says that British wildlife is in a 'serious state of decline' with almost 2,000 species reducing in size over the past century.

The Butterfly Conservation in Dorset reports that three quarters of all butterfly species have seen a decline. The RSPB says that Britain has lost around 44 million breeding birds since the late sixties.

The State of Nature report featured research from 25 wildlife organisations across the UK.

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