Wildlife Trusts consider reintroducing wildcats to England Wildlife

Wildcats could be released in England for the first time in hundreds of years as the Wildlife Trusts recruit an expert to help introduce them back into the wild. After being hunted to extinction, the European wildcat is now the UK’s rarest native mammal. They are larger than the domestic cat, which are bred from … Read more

Panel to investigate crab and lobster deaths on north-east coast of England | Marine life

The UK government is to set up an independent expert panel to investigate the cause of the mass die-offs of crabs and lobsters on the north-east coast of England, it has announced. The panel will consider the impact of dredging around a freeport development in Teesside and the presence of pyridine, a chemical pollutant, among … Read more

Captain Scott in England World Cup triumph

From left to right: Scott Gobin, England Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) captain; Daley Manu, New Zealand; and Tommy Pouncey of England’s Leeds Rhinos PDRL. Image: Claire Kilmartin. A VetPartners administrator is hoping to inspire others after leading England to victory in the inaugural Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) World Cup. Scott Gobin is already … Read more

Birds to be kept indoors across England as avian flu risk rises to ‘very high’

New rules requiring all poultry and captive birds in England to be kept indoors to combat avian flu will be introduced next week. Officials say the disease has been located at more than 70 premises since the beginning of October alone, plus many more cases among wild birds. Bird keepers are being urged to prepare … Read more

Bird flu: poultry to be kept indoors in England ‘until further notice’ | Bird flu

All poultry and captive birds in England will be legally required to be kept indoors from November 7 as part of measures to tackle the country’s largest ever outbreak of avian flu. The mandatory housing order would extend measures already in force in parts of eastern England to the whole nation, after an increase in … Read more

Caught on the hop: wallaby sighted again in Gateshead village | North of England

A wallaby has been spotted hopping around a residential estate in Gateshead – just three years after another was seen in the same area. The roaming marsupial was filmed bounding up a street in the village of Chopwell on Wednesday morning. Cia Christie, 13, was on her way to school when she captured the long-tailed … Read more

‘Just call me captain’: Scott prepares to lead England at the inaugural world cup

A VetPartners administrator is set to lead England’s bid for global sporting glory later this month. Scott Gobin, from York, has been named captain of the England Community Lions Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) squad for the inaugural PDRL World Cup. He is now in final preparations for the competition, which includes a fund-raising event … Read more

Animal Rebellion activists stop milk supply in parts of England | Extinction Rebellion

More than 100 supporters of Animal Rebellion stopped the supply of fresh milk across large areas of England in the early hours of Sunday, including Arla Aylesbury, which processes 10% of the UK supply. It came after the activist group, who campaigned for a sustainable plant-based food system, received no response to a letter to … Read more

Farmers in England to be allowed to use ‘lethal force’ on beavers | UK news

Farmers in England will be allowed to shoot beavers if they threaten their crops, the government has revealed. Conservationists have opposed the move, saying the animals are an “ally to farmers”, helping conserve water in times of drought, and are an endangered species that should be treasured. The rodents became extinct in the UK 400 … Read more

‘Once in a generation’ scheme to restore nature in 22 areas across England | Wildlife

Ambitious schemes by farmers and landowners to restore nature and reduce flooding while still producing food will be supported by the government in 22 locations across England. The landscape recovery scheme is being hailed by land managers and conservationists as the most “exciting and important” step in a generation to restore lost biodiversity. Projects include … Read more