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Environment

Runswick Bay, near Whitby, which has been given Marine Conservation Zone status

Ocean quahogs and dolphins set to get better protection

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A red grouse on the North York Moors

Calls for grouse shooting to be banned

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Hidden corners of Middlesbrough could be explored with new rights of way website

EXISTING areas with oil and gas exploration licences, coloured white with a blue border, alongside the newly-awarded licences, coloured green, and prospective shale gas areas, shaded blue

North Yorkshire and Teesside opened up for oil and gas exploration following Government's 'fracking' decision

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The North York Moors National Park

New powers for National Parks 'not a backdoor to fracking' insists James Wharton

The shot peregrine falcon which was found at The Stang forest, on the Teesdale and North Yorkshire border, in August 2015. Picture by the RSPB.

Illegally shot peregrine falcon discovered in County Durham

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A vehicle makes its way along a flooded road near Hawes, North Yorkshire. Photo courtesy: Thomas Beresford.

Power restored to more than 65,000 homes affected by Storm Desmond

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Police on the scene at Croft on Saturday morning.

Croft residents warned of flooding potential as river rises due to Storm Desmond

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Work to clear the road at Lartington after a tree fell. Photo: Peter Dixon

Flood warnings and 23,000 homes left without power across North-East as Storm Desmond rages

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A lorry has been blown over on the A66 in Cumbria Photo: Ally Mc ‏@allytheblondemc via Twitter

Severe weather warning for North-East and North Yorkshire as 70mph winds predicted

Some of the participants in the young angler initiative on the River Esk.

Practical support for the River Esk

Consultation is taking place over a plan which will help planners make decisions on future developments such as Ingleton Quarry in North Yorkshire

Plan to decide future sites suitable for mining, quarrying and waste management in North Yorkshire

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“Waxwing with berry” by Tim Cussons from Marton scooped the top prize in Wildlife Portrait in the 2015 Competition

Get yourself in the frame for top prizes with 2016 North-East Wildlife Photography competition

Hidden cameras set up to catch fly-tippers have instead been triggered by a feathery intruder.

Secret County Durham fly-tipping cameras triggered - by pheasant

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More  money should be invested in cycling

75 per cent think more money should be invested in cycling

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An example of fly-tipping in Darlington.

Dead deer dumped in North Yorkshire car park an example of England's £50m fly-tipping epidemic

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A comet tearing through the sky.

Debris from Halley's comet can be seen over next few nights

WHALE CARCASS: Bystanders look at the whale Picture: Chris Booth

Plan to remove body of whale from Hartlepool beach on Friday

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DUMPED: A fridge that was dumped in Stony Bank, in Redworth, near Darlington

Three piece suite, sandpit and fridge dumped in country lane

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DAMAGE: A horse chestnut tree damaged by a leaf-mining moth

Call in sightings of leaf-mining moth as pest advances North

A wasp

A sting in the tale

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MOTH WATCH: The convolvulus hawk-moth

Cigarettes and alcohol - the key to attracting a giant moth

One of the whales seen on Monday by Steve Powis/ Sea Watch Foundation

Rare Beluga whales spotted off North-East coast

MEET: Villagers in West Rainton to stage meeting ahead of mining company's appeal against refusal of planning permission by Durham County Council

Villagers can air their views over opencast proposal ahead of next month's appeal hearing

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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