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HEAVENLY: A photo from the Royal Astronomical Society of a Perseid shooting star.

Spectacular meteroid shower expected tonight... and we want your photos

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SIGHTINGS: A minke whale cavorts in the North Sea.

Summer of sightings ahead for whale watchers

Fish could be saved from toxicity tests

Chris Packham at a Hen Harrier Day protest in the Goyt Valley, Peak District, Derbyshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 9, 2015. Hundreds of campaigners at seven sites across the country took part in Hen Harrier Day, which aimed to

Campaigners highlight the plight of the hen harrier across the region

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IN TOW: The stricken vessel is towed in.

VIDEO: Dolphins look on as lifeboat comes to aid of fishing vessel

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POWER: EDF Energy Renewables' site off the coast of Redcar, which was launched in 2014

Wind farm off North-East coast will generate enough electricity to power entire region

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RARE SIGHTING: The fin whale photographed off the coast of Whitby. Picture: Stephen Marsh

Thar she blows! Rare sighting of fin whale off Whitby

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SOUND OF THE NORTH: A kittiwake

What's your favourite coastal sound? Vote and play part in coastal 'sound map'

ISLAND HOME: Assistant warden Ed Tooth.

National Trust marks 90 years on the Farnes - the North-East's wildlife jewel

COAST WATCH: Seaside visitors are being asked to look out for the common blue.

Seaside visitors urged to look out for the common blue butterfly

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MYSTERY CREATURE: Tom Ransom is convinced he saw something unusual in the waters of the Swale.

'Hello, I've just seen a crocodile in the Swale'

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SNAKE SHOCK: The second snake

Snakes on a lane 2! Second python found on Teesside road as police seek man called 'Danny'

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STUCK FAST: The fox in the fence

Brush with death for fox stuck between fence

RSPB encourages people to sleep out for nature

RSPB encourages people to sleep out for nature

Work costing £28m to reduce flood risk in the North-East

STRIKING VISITOR: The rare squacco heron.

VIDEO: Rare heron stops off at RSPB Saltholme

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BIRD WATCH: Wood Rose Shepherd Hunts managing director Richard Wood in front of the hut which swallows are nesting in Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Firm swallows its pride to help threatened birds

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SIGN: The notice that has gone up.

UPDATED: Toilet waste may have contaminated Stewart Park lakes, investigation finds

POPULAR: Small tortoiseshell

Warm April boosts butterfly sightings

Six fined for littering

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(WITH VIDEO) Spring Lambs at RSPB Saltholme, Stockton, Teesside. Lydia Tague and 'marmite'.17.04.15. (23727316)

Lambs herald arrival of Spring at Saltholme

Concern over acorn crops

HIGHLIGHT: John Olley

'One of my greatest moments in birdwatching' - one enthusiast's account of tracking down County Durham's celebrity eagle

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LESS SIGHTED: Greenfinch

Region's gardens see fewer finches during RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Easter walks

North on air pollution alert

North on air pollution alert

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BEACHWATCH: Roker Beach, where volunteers are urged to join in Saturday's (March 14) event, which is part of the annual Beachwatch Big Weekend litter survey and clean.

Volunteers called to join big beach clean

SURVEY: The wild flower Ragged Robin. People are being invited to help in a national wild plant survey. Picture: Beth Halski from Plantlife

Volunteers needed to help take stock of wild plants

Supermarket milk supplies in North could be hit as drivers ballot for strike action

Supermarket milk supplies in North could be hit as drivers ballot for strike action

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MANURE: Residents voice concerns over plans to create energy from cow manure

Residents' concerns over plans to create energy from cow manure near Sedgefield

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Star gazing

RESCUED: Otto, the otter cub at The Wildlife Haven Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, in Thirsk

'Tarka' look at these cute pictures of Otto, the baby otter saved after losing family

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ALERT: The Met Office has warned of 50mph winds, snow and lightning

Forecasters warn of snow, hail, lightning and strong winds

Get into the mind of a bird while taking part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

Get into the mind of a bird while taking part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend

POPULAR: A windfarm

Windfarm opposition means higher energy bills, says Energy Secretary

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DEALS: Energy Secretary Ed Davey

Ed Davey: 'I'm winning the war on energy bills'

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SUCCESS: A small pearl-bordered fritillary

New report on butterflies published

A LIBRARY photo of some sheep

"Vicious animal" sought after deaths of 20 sheep on farm near Darlington

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FISH STOCK: A previous release of fish into the river near Chester-le-Street

Thousands of fish released to replenish stocks

GRIM SCENE: A resident surveys the damage in her home in Port Clarence after a storm surge caused widespread flooding along the east coast of England last December

Row over flood defence announcement with Teesside scheme standout project in region

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A buzzard in flight

Bid to tackle bird of prey deaths

Joyce Scott from Stockton one of the winners in the art in nature section from last year.

Entries invited for wildlife photography competition

OPEN LETTER: Chris Packham

Packham slams bushtucker trials

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Karen Stubbings, right, from The Woodpile Company, with Mark Pearce.

Wood recycler boosts job prospects

WILD LAWS: New are needed to increase access to nature

Laws needed to restore wildlife and increase access to nature

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ENERGY CUTBACKS: Karen Hindhaugh of GoWarm in front of some of the benefitting houses with Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton Borough Council when the scheme was expanded last year.

Rule changes mean vulnerable householders could miss out on free insulation

Green waste collection taken away from hundreds of residents

SHEPHERD'S WARNING: The sunrise over Richmond. Photo: Paul Kingston.

Red sky in the morning....

General view of County Hall in Durham.

Dozens object to new homes plan

ON COURSE: Gonzalo

North of England to taste some of Hurricane Gonzalo's wrath

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