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Doncaster waste workers set to walk out on strike affecting bin collections

Some Doncaster residents are set to face disruption to their waste and recycling collections next week, as staff working for Suez walk out on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

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Sparrowhawk by Ray Sykes

Wild Side: Snippets of winter wildlife

Standing in the car park of our local gym one late afternoon, I had a wonderful view of an urban grey heron as it drifted over to drop down to the River Sheaf. In a more rural setting, Ray Sykes of Todwick noted a heron coming down to their garden pond. Attempts to fish were thwarted ‘due to protection around pond (as per RSPB recommendations!)’. This was a few weeks back and Ray also explained that, ‘We still have an active hedgehog despite the cold nights’. More recently, Ray emailed a super picture of a sparrowhawk posed in the garden – not bad at all! Can you beat that I wonder?

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Longshaw Christmas trees: National Trust Ranger Mark Bull with colleagues Charlotte Hudson (left) and Chelsea Modest with some smaller Christmas trees behind a damaged dry stone wall

National Trust volunteers branch out with Christmas trees

The Christmas tree sales at Longshaw have come a long way since the 1970s, when rangers would spend their December weekends selling surplus Scots Pines from a cold, leaking caravan.

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One of the rats caught by Yvonne Walker at her home on Lime Tree Avenue, Hyde Park, Doncaster

Doncaster tenant tells of problems with rats in her council house

A Doncaster resident says she is fed up of her home being overrun by rats - and claims the council have offered no help.

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Potteric Carr Visitor Centre

£650,000 state-of-the-art nature reserve to open tomorrow

This is the state-of-the-art visitor centre at a Doncaster tourist attraction which is set to open to the public for the first time tomorrow.

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New way of buying gas will save £40,000 in North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire Council is about to enter into a collective agreement through the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation to secure a better deal on supply of gas to council buildings.

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Protesters make their point over fracking  test drilling in Misson

Green light for test drilling at potential fracking site near Doncaster

An energy firm has been given the go ahead for test drilling in a village near Doncaster ahead of possible fracking.

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Protesters at the site where 650 homes would be built in Edenthorpe

Protesters make case over greenfield plans for 650 homes

Protesters fighting plans to build 650 houses on greenfield land in Edenthorpe have turned out to make their case to planning officials.

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Protesters at the site where 650 homes would be built in Edenthorpe

‘We’re not giving up’ protestors fighting homes plan on greenfield land meet with officials

Protesters fighting plans to build 650 houses on greenfield land in Edenthorpe have turned out to make their case to planning officials.

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Golden Spindles fungus

Wildlife with Ian Rotherham: Trust comes up trumps

We were out searching for rare ‘waxcap’ fungi as ‘indicators’ of special grasslands – old and biodiverse pastures and, excitingly, ancient ‘wood pastures’; so we found ourselves at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

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Peak District

Sheffield Lakeland in line for £2.8m Lottery grant

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has been given initial approval for a £2.8m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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Doncaster school pupils and motor firm team up for tree planting

Youngsters planted dozens of new trees at their school as part of a project to protect the environment.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation are backing a major conservation programme to save endangered polar bears

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation back campaign to save endangered polar bears

The fight to save endangered polar bears has been given a huge boost by the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation backing a major conservation programme.

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A Harlequin ladybird.

HARLEQUIN INVASION: Smelly STD-riddled ladybirds from Asia are COMING

Stinky, STD-plagued ladybirds from Asia could be flying to your house right now, experts have warned.

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Mucking in for a good cause at Sheffield farm

Mucking in for a good cause at Sheffield farm

It was all hands on deck for the National Lottery operator Camelot’s Retail Sales Team, who got down and dirty to scrub, brush and give a much-needed lick of paint to the stable block at Heeley City Farm, outside Sheffield.

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Search for hedgehog heroes

Answer campaign call and help save Sheffield’s hedgehogs

Our most prickly friends are under threat, and a South Yorkshire wildlife charity needs your help to save hedgehogs.

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Pollination hotspot project launched in Peak District

A major project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust is being developed to transform the Peak District into a ‘pollination hotspot’.

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Rubbish piles up just off Flowitt Street, Hexthorpe. Picture: NDFP Rubbish MC 4

CAMPAIGN: Calling all grimefighters help us tackle Doncaster’s grot spots

It is an escalating problem, and one that your Free Press is determined to tackle - rubbish!

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Environment may increase Alzheimer’s risk

Environmental factors such as air pollution and a lack of vitamin D may raise the risk of developing dementia but more research is required, according to experts.
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Small Tortoiseshell is among butterfly varieties gardeners are being asked to keep an eye out for after numbers appeared to have plummeted this summer

UK butterfly populations plummet

Britain's butterflies are declining in record numbers with many having their worst summer on record.
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