Category: Lifestyle

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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Urgent call for Bedfordshire organisations to deliver online activity sessions for those worst hit by lockdown

Team BEDS&LUTON needs local charities, organisations or sport professionals to come forward to help deliver online activity sessions during the current lockdown.

Research from Sport England into the impact of the pandemic on physical activity has revealed certain groups of people – specifically those in lower socio-economic groups; Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities; Disabled people and people with long-term health conditions – are being disproportionately affected.

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Round the World Challenge to help people with learning disabilities get active in Bedfordshire

Mencap has worked in partnership with team BEDS&LUTON and Northamptonshire Sport to secure £10,000 of funding to deliver the Sport England funded, Round the World Challenge programme. This will be available to help people with learning disabilities across the two counties get more active by participating in their Round the World Challenge programme.

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Final call for Greensand Champions

Local environmental charity The Greensand Trust, in partnership with Greensand Country, is looking for Greensand Champions. These are groups or individual young people who are doing something amazing for the Greensand Country environment.

It wants to hear what young people are doing and give them the recognition they deserve as a ‘Greensand Champion’ which includes joining the digital Hall of Fame and receiving a Greensand Champions seed bomb.

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