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Interactive map to tackle dog fouling
The 'Doodoowatch' scheme lets people highlight popular ‘dumping spots’ and upload photographs of the unwanted dog mess.

'Doodoowatch' lets people highlight popular ‘dumping spots’

Residents in a Cambridgeshire have come up with a novel way tackle the problem of dog fouling.

According to BBC News, the problem has become so bad in the village of Wimblington that locals have drawn up an interactive “poo-shaming” map. The scheme, named Doodoowatch, lets people highlight popular ‘dumping spots’ and upload photographs of the unwanted dog mess.

The idea is the brainchild of Wimblington resident Amanda Carlin, who said that it was a “fun way of addressing a serious issue”. When somebody reports a case of dog fouling, a smiley icon appears on the map and the reports are then passed on to the local authorities.

Ms Carlin, a former parish councillor, said that she hoped people would be “shamed” into picking up after their dog. The map will show locals where it is safe and clean to walk with their animals and children, she added.

She now plans to keep a close eye on the scheme to see if the number of dog-fouling reports decline. 

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.