Category: Lifestyle

Hero Simon’s last call for Brave Briton nominations from Cranfield and Marston Vale

There’s only a short time left for people from the Cranfield and Marston Vale area to nominate folk – and pets – they believe represent ‘The Best Of British’.

Falklands War veteran Simon Weston has again joined forces with global-hearing specialist Amplifon to find truly remarkable men, women, children and pets who are an example to the nation.

The Amplifon Awards For Brave Britons 2021 will celebrate special achievements in the following categories: Coronavirus Hero, Against All Odds, Charity Champion, Active Agers, Young Hero, Pet Hero, and Celebrity Hero.

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RSPCA tips for keeping pets cool and comfortable as temperatures soar

As temperatures have soared this Bank Holiday weekend and look set to continue this week, the RSPCA offers advice, tips and DIY video tutorials to help pet owners keep their furry and feathered friends cool and comfortable.

Soaring temperatures can pose huge risks for our pets, wildlife and farm animals, and with forecasters predicting temperatures over 25 degrees and highs of up to 30 degrees across the country this week, many pet owners and animal lovers may be concerned about keeping animals safe during the heatwave.

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Avian Influenza: heightened biosecurity measures due to be lifted from midday on Saturday 15 May

The Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales are advising poultry keepers to remain vigilant as the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) is due to be lifted from midday tomorrow (Saturday 15 May).

These additional biosecurity measures, which were introduced across Great Britain in November 2020, have been vital in protecting flocks across the country from the disease which is circulating in wild birds.

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Help make Flitwick a hedgehog friendly town

Hedgehogs’ unique appearance and their visits to gardens place them firmly in the British public’s affections.

They were once regular visitors, snuffling around for food in flowerbeds, or looking to see if we had left out any ‘treats’ for them.

However, hedgehogs are declining in Britain. According to Hedgehog Street, a third of urban hedgehogs have been lost since the millennium.

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New Countryside Code launched to help people enjoy the outdoors

‘Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory’ – guidance from new Countryside Code.

The new Code allows people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that nature offers, while giving it the respect it deserves.

Changes include advice on creating a welcoming environment, for example by saying hello to fellow visitors; clearer rules to underline the importance of clearing away dog poo; staying on footpaths; and not feeding livestock.

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RSPCA Second Chances campaign

The RSPCA is calling for a new animal welfare law which will give animals involved in legal proceedings the chance to be rehomed much more quickly.

Currently, some neglected and abused pets which are rescued by the RSPCA as part of an investigation cannot be rehomed until the case itself has completed. The charity said that this can mean some animals can wait months and even years before finding their second chance.

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Wootton resident wins charity award for outstanding support

Charity Pet Blood Bank UK has announced Wootton, Bedfordshire resident Marie Dennis as one of the winners in its Heart of Pet Blood Bank Award 2019-20.

Marie was recognised with the Ambassador Award for her outstanding commitment to supporting the charity and raising awareness of its work. Marie began supporting Pet Blood Bank after her own dog Grace needed a lifesaving blood transfusion several years ago.

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CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards

The CPRE Bedfordshire Living Countryside Awards celebrate the people and projects that have a positive impact on Bedfordshire’s rural environment and urban green spaces and nominations are now open.

The Living Countryside Awards have been running since 2009 and in 2021 they will be going digital

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Exotic Pets “on the rise” in Bedfordshire

Born Free’s new survey has revealed that nearly 4,000 dangerous wild animals are being privately kept in Great Britain. Adding that 95 of which are living in Bedfordshire.

The international wildlife charity is calling on the UK Government to immediately review the law and put a stop to some of the world’s most remarkable, but often deadly, creatures being kept as ‘pets’.

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Pen a love letter to your pet

Insurance provider for pet businesses, Protectivity, has launched a competition to find the best pandemic pet in the UK. The winner will receive £100 worth of vouchers split between Canvas Creatures and Pet Planet, as well as a £100 donation to an animal charity of their choice.

When the UK went into lockdown back in March 2020, Brits found their lives and routines turned upside down. However, as people were unable to see their friends and family and with usual social and leisure activities restricted, pet owners around the country found a huge source of comfort in their animal friends.

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