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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

More  money should be invested in cycling

75 per cent think more money should be invested in cycling

An example of fly-tipping in Darlington.

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

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

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

Three piece suite, sandpit and fridge dumped in country lane

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

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

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

IN TOW: The stricken vessel is towed in.

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

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

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

Thar she blows! Rare sighting of fin whale off Whitby


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

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'

SNAKE SHOCK: The second snake

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

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

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

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

(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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

DEALS: Energy Secretary Ed Davey

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

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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