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Chatter box The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from bigbutterflycount.org/.

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. Chatter box

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Small Animal News
Japanese aquarium hosts 'face-showing festival' for eels

Eels have started to forget about humans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Entries open for Pet Comedy Photo Awards 2020

Competition to raise funds for abandoned or unwanted pets.
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Ricochet helps to calm fears and anxieties during social distancing
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Smell of cooking food used to lure nervous collie
Pig starts fire after eating pedometer

Yorkshire fire crews extinguish blaze on farm
Birds set up nest in Leeds traffic light

Chicks hatched during the height of storm Dennis
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Sniffer dog's skills used to preserve protected species
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Results could lead to better understanding of cat's needs
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New appointment at Dechra

Dechra Veterinary Products Ltd (Dechra) has announced a key appointment to support veterinary professionals across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Karen Hockley has been appointed as a telesales account manager and will provide the latest products, news and developments from Dechra. She joins the company from a large mixed practice in Northern Ireland where she was the branch manager.

Before that, Karen had worked for a multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company as a key account manager for Northern Ireland. She can be contacted at karen.hockley@dechra.com or 087 219 54 30.

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