Rutland Osprey nest
Ospreys on a nest in Rutland, Leicestershire. Wildlife experts were celebrating yesterday after an endangered osprey chick hatched in England for the first time in 150 years. The success raises hopes that the fish-eating birds could once again become a common sight in England. *The chick hatched after a five-year project at Rutland Water nature reserve. Ospreys only breed in Scotland but Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Anglian Water and the Highland Foundation for Wildlife are trying to reintroduce them south of the border.
Snow in North Yorkshire for New Year
Frost and snow stopped all turf racing in the countryside although some riders still braved the freezing conditions high above Leyburn (backgound) in North Yorkshire. *.... Revellers preparing for New Year celebrations across the UK have been urged to be careful and wrap up warmly as snow is expected to fall and the bitterly cold weather looks set to continue.
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Herefordshire Beacon Hillfort - Malvern Hills, Worcestershire
Before the Roman legions came, the early Britons had thrown these earthworks, shown to advantage by the sun setting over the Malvern Hills, Worcestershire. This is the British Camp, or the Herefordshire Beacon, a vantage point for soldiers long ago which was built in the 2nd century BC. On a clear day 10, 000 square miles are visible.
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