Category: Lifestyle

Central Bedfordshire Council partners with Street Tag to encourage active lifestyles

Central Bedfordshire Council has a new initiative to encourage active lifestyles and help residents to discover and explore their local areas, parks and green spaces by walking, running or cycling by using a new game.

Launching on 1 August 2021, Street Tag is a free, family-friendly game that enables players to collect points by using their smartphones to scan virtual tags.

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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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