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Less than a month to sign hedgehog petition

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 Over 43,000 people have signed an online petition to make hedgehogs a protected species. Oliver Colvile MP, who launched the petition, has also received more than 3,000 paper signatures. But the petition closes in less than a month and it needs 100,000 signatures to be debated in parliament.

Hedgehog numbers have fallen by a third in urban areas and 50 per cent in rural areas since 2000. Mr Colvile said: "Their numbers are in serious decline and it is our responsibility and duty to help reverse that in any way we can." To sign the petition, visit: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121264  

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New animal movement rules come into effect

Defra has introduced new rules aimed at cutting red tape for farmers. A new scheme will be rolled out over the next 12 months, which will allow farmers to move animals around land they have registered and are using within a 10-mile radius, under one County Parish Holding number.

Currently, many farmers are required to report livestock movements to land they own or rent beyond a five-mile radius of their home. This triggers a six-day lockdown or standstill on the farm, so that no animals can be moved. Defra will begin contacting livestock keepers with information about the new arrangements. For more information see Defra's website.