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Scientists to explore the legend of the Loch Ness Monster

DNA study will look at what lives in the UK’s largest freshwater body
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Chatter box Two important sites for waterfowl in Essex have been given the strongest possible environmental protection, Defra has announced.

Allfleet’s Marsh and Brandy Hole, which are part of the Crouch and Roach estuaries, are now Special Protection Areas (SPA) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). They were also designated Ramsar wetland of international importance.

Both sites provide suitable habitat for internationally important wintering water birds, including dark-bellied brent geese, lapwing, shoveler and golden plover, among many waterfowl species.

Image by Ian Kirk, Broadstone, Dorset/Commons Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0 Chatter box

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Exotic Animal News
Boehringer Ingelheim expands Metacam to guinea pigs
Boehringer Ingelheim expands Metacam to guinea pigs

Product is first in the EU for the relief of post-surgical pain
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New Caudata rules set to come into force in July
New Caudata rules set to come into force in July

Rules to prevent spread of deadly fungus amongst newts and salamanders
Vets call for exotic pet labelling scheme
Vets call for exotic pet labelling scheme

Study highlights growing problem of unwanted animals
Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia
Calls to ban trade in amphibians from Asia

Movement of amphibians ‘directly contributed’ to chytrid spread
Emerging pathogen found in salamanders in the EU
Emerging pathogen found in salamanders in the EU

Efsa recommendations to protect pet and wild amphibians
Charity reports rise in rats and mice at its centres
Charity reports rise in rats and mice at its centres

Would-be pet owners encouraged to consider adoption
Fumes from a fish tank hospitalise 10
Fumes from a fish tank hospitalise 10

Chemical released from coral inside the tank
US vets perform pioneering CT scan on a python
US vets perform pioneering CT scan on a python

Team had to coil 18-foot-long snake in half
Microchipping plea after two stray parrots found in Cardiff
Microchipping plea after two stray parrots found in Cardiff

Owners urged to make sure birds are fitted with a microchip or numbered ring
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New Animal Medicines Best Practice Programme launched

A new Animal Medicines Best Practice Programme (AMBP) has been launched by the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) to enable a coordinated and consistent approach to farmer training in the responsible use of antibiotics.

The programme comes in response to demand from the food supply chain for appropriate training. It provides materials for vets and farmers alike that satisfy farm assurance requirements such as the Red Tractor recommendations.

The new training is available via the NOAH website or through the online eLearning platform Lantra .


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