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Culling plan may see Cannock Chase deer targeted 

7 Mar 13

Numbers of deer on Cannock Chase could be dramatically reduced – if new proposals are implemented.

Road repair required, 28th February 

28 Feb 13

Large potholes in centre of road.

Family admits neglect of horses at reserve 

27 Feb 13

A family of three has admitted cruelty to four horses in the Black Country in what the RSPCA has described as “a serious case of equine neglect”.

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Chimp artwork donated 

20 Feb 13

Artwork created by a Dudley Zoo chimpanzee has been donated to DZG by the family who purchased it at auction nearly 50 years ago.

Street Light Not Working between no14 anf 18, 19th February 

19 Feb 13

Street Light not working, also an issue with foxes in area Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 4 Hollands Place, Bloxwich Report on FixMyStreet…

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Hail’s a sorry sight 

13 Feb 13

Male reindeer, Hail, is looking decidedly sorry for himself at the moment as he sports a single antler.

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Twilight Zone 

12 Feb 13

Other than the abdication/resignation of the much (wrongly) maligned Pope Benedict XVI (even Middle Man can change his mind), two news stories have dominated the UK news in the last few days: Horsemeat in everything Call for a cull on urban foxes following a supposed attack on a month-old baby in …

Two charity workers kept animals in squalor at their rescue centre called Destitute Pets 

6 Feb 13

Lance Hebditch (pictured), 35, and Jean Gibbons, 59, and abused animals at a house in Wolverhampton, where inspectors found piles of faeces, dirty water, rotting food and little bedding.

Wolverhampton pet rescue service kept animals in disgusting conditions 

5 Feb 13

Two people who ran a charity pet rescue service in Wolverhampton kept the animals in “filthy” and “disgusting” conditions a court heard.

Mother speaks of relief as pets rescued from Moxley house fire 

30 Jan 13

A mother of two today spoke of her relief after her beloved pets were rescued from her burning Black Country home.

Tarantula and snakes rescued from house fire 

29 Jan 13

Firefighters confronted by exotic menagerie at blaze in Moxley, Walsall…

Wolverhampton animal park hit by blaze 

29 Jan 13

A fire broke out an exotic animal park in Wolverhampton as the owner burnt rubbish while clearing the site in the wake of its closure.

No binbag collection, 24th January 

24 Jan 13

Why have there been no bin colection now for two days foxes are shreding the bags Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Bassnage Road, Hasbury Report on FixMyStreet…

January 22nd – One of the more revealing things about snowy… 

23 Jan 13

January 22nd – One of the more revealing things about snowy weather is that you can see the trails of your local wildlife.

Snow Patrol 

19 Jan 13

Snowed in this morning and discovered to my dismay that we had run out of milk!  As that would mean no cups of tea, my hubby I decided to brave the elements and walk to the shop (via a diversion to see if we could find any evidence of the activity of one of our three neighbourhood foxes!).

Oh Deer 

7 Jan 13

In the film ‘Stand by Me’ (which I saw again yesterday, for the first time in years), there’s a scene where a young lad out camping with his friends sees a deer early one morning.

Only two cats survived blaze at cattery 

7 Jan 13

A blaze at a Staffordshire cattery killed all but two cats staying there at the time, it was confirmed today.

Cattery owners talk of grief at fire 

7 Jan 13

FOLLOWING a devastating fire which claimed the lives of 23 cats the owners of Pinetrees Cattery near Penkridge have spoken of their pain and grief.

SIX cats confirmed dead in cattery blaze 

4 Jan 13

SIX cats have died in a devastating fire that engulfed a cattery near Cannock this morning.

Fire destroys Cannock cattery 

4 Jan 13

An electrical fault started a fire that killed several cats at a Cannock cattery today (January 4), firefighters have said.

Pets dead after Cannock cattery fire 

4 Jan 13

At least two cats have died following a large blaze at a cattery in Cannock today.

Pets killed in blaze at cattery 

4 Jan 13

Some cats are killed in a fire at a cattery in Staffordshire.

Two cats die in huge blaze at Staffordshire cattery 

4 Jan 13

Dozens of firefighters called out to early morning incident…

Fifteen cats feared dead in huge blaze at Staffordshire cattery 

4 Jan 13

Fire destroys outdoor pens at Pinetrees in Huntington…

Animal lover battling poachers receives death threats 

3 Jan 13

Volunteer targeted as Staffordshire Rural Policing Liaison Group tackle Cannock Chase deer rustlers…

Seal in river 50 miles from sea 

3 Jan 13

A grey seal is spotted in Worcestershire in what experts say is a “rare” sighting so far upstream.

Cervine suggestion 

23 Dec 12

Today, we went up on Cannock Chase again, and I make no apologies for another feature on the deer.

Meet Santa’s reindeer 

22 Dec 12

YOUNG visitors to Dudley Zoo have chance to learn all about Santa’s very own reindeer during the school holidays.

Poaching ‘rises on’ Cannock Chase 

19 Dec 12

Fears for deer as Christmas approaches…

Cannock Chase deer carcass sparks probe on poaching 

19 Dec 12

An investigation has been launched after the remains of deer were found on Cannock Chase.

24 Carrots 

16 Dec 12

A sunny, winter’s Saturday afternoon on Cannock Chase.

Men hunting with dogs, 1st December 

1 Dec 12

2 or more men with approximately 5 dogs are hunting foxes on the land behind the poachers pocket on Cole Hall Lane.

Touchwood Solihull Reveal Christmas Campaign by RBH 

29 Nov 12

Solihull’s Touchwood Shopping Centre has unveiled its Christmas retail campaign created by its marketing agency Rees Bradley Hepburn.

Fury as safari park lions end up in Japanese circus 

27 Nov 12

FOUR rare cubs were among eight born at West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcs, and sent to entertainment firm Amazing Animals of Chipping Norton, Oxon, aged six months…

November 18th – My second attempt to find badgers. On Cannock… 

19 Nov 12

November 18th – My second attempt to find badgers.

November 11th – An afternoon on Cannock Chase, with mixed… 

12 Nov 12

November 11th – An afternoon on Cannock Chase, with mixed results.

Thousands of pets in danger of becoming more agressive 

8 Nov 12

Thousands of pets in the West Midlands are in danger of becoming more aggressive, overweight and prone to illness than ever before.

Lifetime ban for Dudley pair who kept 16 pets in squalid conditions 

27 Oct 12

A brother and sister who kept 16 pets in squalid conditions have been told they cannot keep animals again. Lawrence and Shirley Anne Griffin’s dog Rocky was found lying on the living room floor covered in its own mess by RSPCA officers.

Are you being cervine? 

23 Oct 12

This is just a quick note to warn people given to exploring the open spaces of the area that the deer population are getting amorous. It’s rutting time for our large brown friends, and that means one thing: the heaths around Brownhills, Clayhanger, Pelsall and Chasewater in particular are likely to…

Culling badgers 

16 Oct 12

For TB in English cattle is an increasing problem with 26,000 infected animals in 2011 costing £90 million in compensation, which is around £3,400 for every cow. The Environment Secretary has said research shows culling will reduce bovine TB by 12-16% if undertaken for many years over a large area…

Sedgley Woman Uncovers Memories of Dudley Zoo 

8 Oct 12

Trainee keeper Alex Randle with the book about Dudley Zoo’s animal collection in the 1950s. An old book discovered in the attic as she prepared to move house brought back fond memories of Dudley Zoological Gardens (DZG) for Mrs Lynette Collins of Sedgley recently. Among the yellowing pages of…

Rubbish,yet again!, 2nd October 

2 Oct 12

Residents of 31 d puuting bin bags out very early and blocking the pavement.they are also overflowing because they dont bother tying the bags causing rubbish to be strewn around the street and this is leading to cats and foxes leaving mess…

Dramatic rescue of horse stuck in canal 

2 Oct 12

These pictures capture the moment firefighters carried out the dramatic rescue of a horse from a murky canal.

Ex-soldier running animal shelter in war zone 

21 Sep 12

A former soldier is braving a daily threat of violence to run an animal shelter in Afghanistan.

Badgers on the block a total misery 

12 Sep 12

FED-UP Sedgley residents are calling for action aS their communal garden is regularly being ripped up by badgers.

Five-year animal ban for Aldridge couple with flea-infested pets 

22 Feb 11

An Aldridge couple have been banned from keeping animals for five years after they failed to seek treatment for their flea-infested pets…

Willenhall boy mauled by dog at his pal’s home 

18 Feb 11

A four-year-old boy was left with bite marks to his face after being mauled by a dog at a house in Willenhall. He is believed to have been playing at a friend’s home…

Walsall crackdown on horses left to graze illegally 

Helen Draycott 17 Feb 11

Efforts are being made to help crack down on nuisance horses being left to graze illegally on local authority land…

Wednesfield pet poisoning alert as couple’s dog dies 

14 Feb 11

Animal lovers in a Wednesfield street have raised an alert after their pets died from a mystery poisoning…

The Ryders Mere Black Throated Diver 

Chaz 30 Jan 11

Uncomfortable truths?

It is Sunday morning and the Diver is still there at 10.00 – still an excellent bird but now a part of the site’s history which I hope will remain to be enjoyed by everyone for a while to come…

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