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Holidaymakers stranded due to 'turtle curfew'
Zante’s Bay of Laganas is one of the most important breeding grounds for loggerhead turtles.

Curfew protects endangered loggerheads from light and noise

Holidaymakers were reportedly left stranded on the Greek island of Zakinthos (Zante) on Sunday (30 July) due to a ‘turtle curfew’ on flights.

According to The Guardian, the curfew had been in place because of vulnerable loggerhead turtles breeding nearby.

Passengers waiting for their flight - a replacement for an aircraft that had technical difficulties - were stuck at Zakinthos International Airport. Some travellers, who did not book alternative flights, only arrived home on Tuesday.

It is currently turtle breeding season in Greece and, according to the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, Archelon, late June to early July sees the highest levels of spawning.

Zante’s Bay of Laganas is one of the most important breeding grounds for loggerhead turtles, who like to lay their eggs in the sand. In 1984, due to its importance as a reproductive area, the Greek government introduced measures to protect it.

These measures were further strengthened in 1994, when night flights into and out of Zante were prohibited. This is because the runway for take-off and landing passes over the beach and the aircraft noise and lights disturbs nesting turtles.

Easyjet later apologised for the passenger's delay. A spokesperson said: “We do all possible to try and minimise delays and as such planned to send a replacement aircraft.

"Unfortunately, due to the night curfew rule at the airport, we were unable to get the replacement aircraft into the airport. The flight departed Zante and arrived at London Gatwick today."

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Blue Dog Programme wins WSAVA One Health award

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 An educational initiative to help children interact safely with dogs has been awarded the WSAVA’s 2017 Global One Health Award.

The Blue Dog Programme offers an array of educational resources for children, parents and school teachers, including an engaging website, fact sheets, DVD and an accompany book for parents.

The award will be accepted by Professor Tiny de Keuster, a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and founder of the programme, during WSAVA World Congress 2017.  

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VMD stakeholder workshops to discuss Brexit implications

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced that it is to hold stakeholder group workshops to discuss the implications of EU exit.

The workshops will be held during Autumn 2017 and will discuss topics such as the prescribing cascade, pharmacovigilance and inspection of non-UK based manufacturers.

To register your interest, send an email to events@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk, including any topics, in order of preference, that you would like to be discussed.