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Research finds audiobooks have a calming effect
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Chatter box The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  Chatter box

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Exotic Animal News
Fish appear to recognise themselves in the mirror
Fish appear to recognise themselves in the mirror

Study raises questions about how scientists test self-awareness in animals
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Snakes need space to fully stretch their bodies - study
Snakes need space to fully stretch their bodies - study

Researchers observe snake behaviour at eight UK zoos
Study reveals extent of chelonian extinction crisis
Study reveals extent of chelonian extinction crisis

Researchers call for greater conservation efforts
Call for stricter regulation of rabbit breeders
Call for stricter regulation of rabbit breeders

Survey sheds light on elusive industry
Concerns over I’m a Celebrity episode
Concerns over I’m a Celebrity episode

Challenge caused snakes psychological harm, charity says
Cockatoos can create tools of different lengths
Cockatoos can create tools of different lengths

Researchers assess birds’ tool-making behaviour
New test for early TB identification in zoo animals
New test for early TB identification in zoo animals

Actiphage method detects mycobacteria before clinical symptoms emerge
Government urged to ‘give snakes some space’
Government urged to ‘give snakes some space’

Vets call on Defra to reinstate rule on minimum housing requirements
Deadly fungus could spread to UK newts, scientists say
Deadly fungus could spread to UK newts, scientists say

Bsal ‘impossible to stop’ once in a wild population
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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”

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