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Yorkshire Benefits From £255,000 Biodiversity Fund
Yorkshire's rare and biodiversity-rich chalk stream habitat is to be protected with the help of £255,000 from a new national land purchase fund. Thanks to the grant from WREN's Biodiversity…
Water vole. Photo by Elliott Neep, NeepImages.com

The Second Spurn Migration Festival Is A Great Success!

Wheatear at Spurn MigrationFestival. Photo by Joanna Richards
Wheatear at Spurn MigrationFestival. Photo by Joanna Richards
Birdwatchers from across the UK and beyond gathered at Spurn National Nature Reserve for this year's Spurn Migration Festival.

Spurn is renowned by birdwatchers as one of the best places in the…

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Sun 21st Sep, 2014 | 4:46pm

New Fish Passes Open In Leeds

The new fish pass at St Ann's Mills
The new fish pass at St Ann's Mills
Helping fish populations of brown trout and coarse fish to move freely past two weirs

Two new fish passes have been opened at Burley Mills Weir and St Ann's Mills Weir on the River Aire alongside…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 4:52pm

Doctors And Nurses Gather At The Bradford Royal Infirmary To Hear About Organ Donation

Jayne Fisher
Jayne Fisher
Seventy five doctors and nurses from across the region will gather at the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) this Friday (September 12) to hear about the benefits of organ donation.

The event, which…

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Fri 12th Sep, 2014 | 9:57am

EU Mobilises To Curb Spread Of Ebola

Linda voting
Linda voting
Yorkshire MEP and Chair of the European Parliament's International Development Committee Linda McAvan has welcomed the decision to commit EUR11.9 million in EU funding to stopping the spread of…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 12:54pm

Surgeons Gather In Bradford To Watch Live Robotic Surgery

Bradford Teaching Hospitals' consultant urological surgeon, Mr Sanjai Addla, with the Foundation Trust's £2million Da Vinci robot
Bradford Teaching Hospitals' consultant urological surgeon, Mr Sanjai Addla, with the Foundation Trust's £2million Da Vinci robot
Surgeons from across northern England will gather at the Bradford Royal Infirmary tomorrow (9.9.14) to watch live and innovative robotic surgery being performed by internationally-renowned Belgium…

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Mon 8th Sep, 2014 | 6:44pm

Donation Aids Advancement In Spinal Surgery

L-R: Mr Marcel Ivanov, neurosurgeon, Linda Elliott, senior practitioner, Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health, Patricia Mitchell, chief executive of Neurocare and Corin McCann, senior fundraiser at Neurocare
L-R: Mr Marcel Ivanov, neurosurgeon, Linda Elliott, senior practitioner, Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health, Patricia Mitchell, chief executive of Neurocare and Corin McCann, senior fundraiser at Neurocare
A charity committed to providing life-saving neuro equipment for a Sheffield hospital has been able to buy some innovative surgical instruments - the first in the UK - thanks to a substantial…

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Mon 1st Sep, 2014 | 8:37pm

Thousands More Patients To Benefit From Additional £160 Million For Cancer Drugs

photo by marknewell
photo by marknewell
Thousands more cancer patients in England will be offered vital treatments in a £160m boost to the Cancer Drugs Fund, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.

The fund has helped more…

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Thu 28th Aug, 2014 | 9:27am

Aquarist Travels To Curacao For Coral Restoration Project

Elkhorn coral - photo by Connie Ma
Elkhorn coral - photo by Connie Ma
A representative from The Deep in Hull has travelled out to Curacao in the South Caribbean to participate in an ongoing coral restoration project, which will help to safeguard their futures.

Tropic…

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Thu 21st Aug, 2014 | 7:50pm

PHE Urges Freshers To Get MenC Vaccine Before Beginning University


Public Health England (PHE) is urging new students ('freshers') to ensure they get vaccinated against meningococcal C (MenC) infection before beginning university in September.

In the UK, all…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 1:06pm

PHE Investigating National Outbreak Of Salmonella

Salmonella Bacteria - photo NIAID
Salmonella Bacteria - photo NIAID
156 people affected in national outbreak of Salmonella.

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a national outbreak of a type of Salmonella Enteritidis which has affected 156 people.

To…

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Fri 15th Aug, 2014 | 3:29pm

Health Trust Introduces Robot Resource For Dementia Patients

The PARO Seal and interacting with SHSC service user Ron Green
The PARO Seal and interacting with SHSC service user Ron Green
Patients with dementia in Sheffield are communicating and interacting more after a city health trust became the first in the country to introduce the services of a companion robot.

Sheffield…

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Wed 6th Aug, 2014 | 3:34pm

New Study To Improve Leg Ulcer Treatment


Sport and exercise scientists at Sheffield Hallam University have started a new study into the treatment of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI), which affects patients' legs, often causing painful…

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Fri 1st Aug, 2014 | 5:10pm

Volunteers Pitch In To Survey Glorious Grasslands

Grassland volunteer surveys
Grassland volunteer surveys
A group of volunteers are surveying and monitoring grassland sites in the North York Moors to ensure new management agreements set up by the National Park Authority are having the right effect.…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 4:56pm

Leeds Scientists Awarded Funding To Tackle Inherited Heart Conditions


A heart researcher at the University of Leeds has been awarded a prestigious research grant of more than £220,000 by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to investigate the causes of the…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 6:52pm

Harrogate Thalidomider's Unprecedented Third Meeting With EU Health Commissioner

Thalidomide campaigner Guy Tweedy with his newly-branded van
Thalidomide campaigner Guy Tweedy with his newly-branded van
A Yorkshire Thalidomide campaigner is hopeful that an unprecedented third meeting with a senior EU official in Brussels this week (Thursday, July 17) is the beginning of the end of his…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 10:15pm

Surgical Innovations And Leeds Metropolitan University Strengthen Their Partnership

L-R: Graham Bowland, CEO of Surgical Innovations and Professor Ieuan Ellis, Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Met.
L-R: Graham Bowland, CEO of Surgical Innovations and Professor Ieuan Ellis, Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Met.
Surgical Innovations (SI) and Leeds Metropolitan University have signed a memorandum of understanding, which will see them enter into partnership in the areas of research, innovation, development…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 9:52pm

Creating A "Le Tour" Legacy

Views over Bishopdale from Longridge Wood
Views over Bishopdale from Longridge Wood
As the countdown continues to the Tour de France Grand Départ, thoughts are already turning to the future and ways in which long-term benefits can be created for the region.

Local charity…

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Tue 1st Jul, 2014 | 7:30am

Yorkshire's Coronation Meadows

Muker meadows with field barn
Muker meadows with field barn
It's official! The stunning wildflower hay meadows at Muker in Swaledale have been chosen as the official Coronation Meadows site in North Yorkshire, and now have been presented with a plaque to…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 11:13am

Material With Potential To Mimic Disc Tissue

Professor Andy Alderson
Professor Andy Alderson
Pioneering work led by a Sheffield Hallam scientist which has the potential to improve the quality of artificial spinal discs will be discussed at a House of Lords science and technology reception…

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Tue 24th Jun, 2014 | 8:58am

Boardwalk To Improve Access To Beautiful Nature Reserve

Marbled White Butterfly from Brockadale Nature Reserve. Photo by Elliott Neep NeepImages
Marbled White Butterfly from Brockadale Nature Reserve. Photo by Elliott Neep NeepImages
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is starting installation of a section of boardwalk on its popular Brockadale Nature Reserve near Kirk Smeaton thanks to funding from Selby District Council's Community…

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Wed 18th Jun, 2014 | 3:21pm

Breast Screening Awareness Event in Wakefield


Mammography staff from the Leeds and Wakefield Breast Screening Service will be out and about in the Trinity Walk Shopping Centre in Wakefield next week reminding women of the importance of…

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Tue 10th Jun, 2014 | 8:36pm

Child Flu Vaccine Pilot Has Positive Impact

child being given nasal vaccine
child being given nasal vaccine
Initial results of the uptake and impact of the child flu vaccine pilot programme launched last year by Public Health England (PHE) are encouraging, according to an article published in…

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Fri 6th Jun, 2014 | 3:05pm

Wading-In To Help Moorland Birds

Lapwing
Lapwing
A survey recording the number of waders breeding on the moorland of the North York Moors is currently underway. Funded by the National Park Authority and Natural England, information collected…

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Tue 3rd Jun, 2014 | 8:58am

Environment Consultancy Helps UK Hit Back At Aquatic Invasive Species

Rob Harrison, senior aquatic ecologist at Ecus
Rob Harrison, senior aquatic ecologist at Ecus
An environment consultancy has completed a series of surveys on invasive non-native species which are affecting UK waterways.

Ecus Ltd, which has a head office in Sheffield, has been surveying a…

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Tue 27th May, 2014 | 8:04pm

Fisheries And Rod Licensing - Bringing Salmon Back To South Yorkshire

The new fish and eel pass is now operational at Sprotbrough
The new fish and eel pass is now operational at Sprotbrough
Salmon and sea trout could soon be returning further into South Yorkshire thanks to a major engineering project on the River Don.

The Environment Agency has built a £500,000 fish and eel…

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Fri 23rd May, 2014 | 4:07pm

UK To Increase Support To Sierra Leone To Combat Ebola

Ebola in West Africa - photo European Commission DG ECHO
Ebola in West Africa - photo European Commission DG ECHO
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a meeting this afternoon of the Government's COBR emergency committee, on the UK's response to the Ebola crisis. After the meeting the Foreign Secretary…

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Wed 17th Sep, 2014 | 8:34pm

Scientists Develop New Synthetic Skin

Laboratory testing using the synthetic skin
Laboratory testing using the synthetic skin
Ministry of Defence (MOD) scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), supported by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), have developed a new synthetic 'skin' that could be…

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Sat 13th Sep, 2014 | 10:08am

Catterick Mum Shares Her Experience Of Meningitis


A Catterick meningitis ambassador is sharing her first-hand experience of meningitis and septicaemia with the local community during national Meningitis Awareness Week (15 -21 September 2014) to…

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Thu 11th Sep, 2014 | 3:51pm

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Lead Fight-Back Against Sepsis

The A&E team at St James's help treat cases of Sepsis every week
The A&E team at St James's help treat cases of Sepsis every week
NHS hospitals across Leeds are redoubling their efforts against Sepsis to coincide with World Sepsis Day, this Saturday.

Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition, triggered by…

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Wed 10th Sep, 2014 | 10:01pm

Epic Bike Ride Across 10 Countries Raises More Than £4,000 For Charity

Rob Savin at Mount Lovcen in Montenegro
Rob Savin at Mount Lovcen in Montenegro
Leeds Building Society's E-commerce manager, Rob Savin, joined three friends to take part in an epic bike ride across Europe in memory of a cycling friend who died from cancer.

Rob finished the…

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Fri 5th Sep, 2014 | 2:10pm

Influx Of Mosquitoes Sparks Concern

photo by Enrique Dans
photo by Enrique Dans
Mosquitoes have so far this summer thrived on the tropical climate in Britain, and experts are warning of an influx of more biting insects, especially when mosquitoes settle down for the Autumn…

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Fri 29th Aug, 2014 | 3:45pm

Salmonella Outbreak Investigation: Update

Salmonella bacteria
Salmonella bacteria
Salmonella case reporting slowed over the last week.

PHE is continuing to investigate a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis. Total reported numbers have reached 247 cases, from 158 on…

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Sat 23rd Aug, 2014 | 12:47pm

Bitterns Booming At Potteric Carr, Doncaster

Bittern at Potteric Carr - photo Vernon Barker
Bittern at Potteric Carr - photo Vernon Barker
One of the most threatened birds in the UK has bred successfully for the first time at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in Doncaster is celebrating: after…

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Tue 19th Aug, 2014 | 5:31pm

Conservationists Muscle In To Help Endangered Species

River Esk near Glaisdale
River Esk near Glaisdale
Microscopic young of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel were given a helping hand recently by conservationists from the North York Moors National Park and the Environment Agency. The work was…

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Mon 18th Aug, 2014 | 4:14pm

A Boost For Wildlife In Barnsley

Reeds at Rabbit Ings
Reeds at Rabbit Ings
Wildlife around Rabbit Ings Country Park will soon be benefiting from new and improved wetlands thanks to The Land Trust successfully securing £39,000 from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

T…

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Fri 8th Aug, 2014 | 6:15pm

Emmerdale Helps The RSPB Give Nature A Home

Emmerdale Village - photo ITV
Emmerdale Village - photo ITV
One year on from launching its ambitious campaign to encourage people to provide a home for nature, the RSPB is again reminding everyone to do their bit to offer UK wildlife a helping hand - and…

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Tue 5th Aug, 2014 | 5:22pm

Trainees Learn Rural Skills

Trainees at Ramsgill Estate
Trainees at Ramsgill Estate
A group of young trainees from across the Yorkshire Dales have been helping to construct shooting butts on the moors of the Ramsgill Estate near Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale.

The trainees are 10…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 7:38pm

University Launches First MOOC To Aid Cancer Battle


Sheffield Hallam University has joined the fight against one of the UK's biggest cancer killers by launching its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care.

In…

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Tue 22nd Jul, 2014 | 5:05pm

Consultants And Patients Swap Their Scrubs For Lycra And Saddle Up To Raise Money For Local Charity

L-R: Nick Morley, Shane Bytheway, Harry Baines, Josh Wright, Eddie Hampton
L-R: Nick Morley, Shane Bytheway, Harry Baines, Josh Wright, Eddie Hampton
Three consultant haematologists at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital are joining two of their patients, and saddling up to take part in the 100 mile RideLondon-Surrey amateur cycle ride on…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 10:43pm

Nationally Rare Moth Found In Yorkshire For The First Time Ever

White-spotted Black
White-spotted Black
A nationally rare moth which has never been found in Yorkshire before has made an appearance in the city centre of York.

The White-spotted Black micro-moth is so rare it hasn't been seen in…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 8:00pm

Breeding Bird Success At Yorkshire Nature Reserve

Ringing Marsh Harriers at Potteric Carr. Photo by Jim Horsfall
Ringing Marsh Harriers at Potteric Carr. Photo by Jim Horsfall
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has announced a bumper year for baby birds at its flagship nature reserve Potteric Carr in Doncaster, with this summer's highlight a pair of rare and previously threatened…

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Wed 9th Jul, 2014 | 11:21am

Native Crayfish Relocated Ahead Of Weir Repairs

photo by Michelle Tribe
photo by Michelle Tribe
The Environment Agency is relocating native crayfish from the Sea Cut watercourse in Scarborough ahead of some repairs to the Lower Newby Weir.

A jet of water was seen shooting up from the face of…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 1:26pm

Primary School Students Release Eels At Local Doncaster Nature Reserves


Children from Waverley Primary, Hexthorpe Primary and Bentley Primary schools released elvers (young eels) into the waters at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves in Doncaster as part of the…

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Tue 24th Jun, 2014 | 9:09am

Students Use GIS Technology To Map Their Mobile Signals

Farnley Academy students. l-r: Ella Strutt, Annika Virdi, Sarah Westwood, Daniel Hyde, Cameron Hairyes, Joe Thorpe
Farnley Academy students. l-r: Ella Strutt, Annika Virdi, Sarah Westwood, Daniel Hyde, Cameron Hairyes, Joe Thorpe
Keen geographers from local high schools came together for a day to use the latest technology for researching a topic close to their hearts - where to find the best mobile signal.

The Grammar…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 9:43am

People's Postcode Lottery Helps Save Yorkshire's Wild Places

Askham Bog - Water violets. Photo by Kirsty Brown
Askham Bog - Water violets. Photo by Kirsty Brown
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to confirm the players of People's Postcode Lottery have awarded an extra £2 million to long-term supported charities. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is one…

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Tue 17th Jun, 2014 | 10:24am

New Study Reveals The Costs Of Low Uptake Of Hepatitis C Treatment


A new study from Public Health England (PHE) published in the Journal of Hepatology has looked at the cost of increasing hepatitis C treatment uptake in England, and the impact this would have on…

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Tue 10th Jun, 2014 | 10:37am

Volunteers Sow Seeds For The Future

Sowing wildflower seeds
Sowing wildflower seeds
Staff from a holiday cottage company rolled up their sleeves and took a break from arranging holiday get-aways to help charity partner Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) with the important…

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Tue 3rd Jun, 2014 | 12:35pm

£50,000 Donation Is Huge Boost To Treatment Of Neonatal Babies In Leeds

Friends of Alfie Martin
Friends of Alfie Martin
Patients, their families and staff in the LTHT Neonatal Service will benefit hugely from another generous donation by the Friends of Alfie Martin - this time two specialist ventilators costing…

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Wed 28th May, 2014 | 8:44pm

Harrogate Student To Spend Summer On International Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Conservation adventure!
Conservation adventure!
A Harrogate university student is to spend the summer helping to protect an endangered species of reptile.

Mollie Robinson, who is studying public relations & communications at Leeds Metropolitan…

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Sat 24th May, 2014 | 9:00pm

Kidney Care Receives Innovation Boost

patient on dialysis - photo by shanelkalicharan
patient on dialysis - photo by shanelkalicharan
Pioneering solutions addressing the life-changing effects of kidney failure are now underway thanks to a national funding competition.

The 14 winners have been announced, as part of a £3.6m…

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Thu 22nd May, 2014 | 9:06pm