English pine marten caught on film for first time

  • 31 July 2015
  • From the section England
Dave Pearce’s original picture of an English pine marten taken in Shropshire.

After five years of dedicated searching a pine marten has finally been captured on video in a secret Shropshire location.

We're not allowed to say exactly where as there is intense interest in the discovery. Perhaps most exciting of all, having looked at the footage, there might be more than one of them.

This is the culmination of a five year dream and the driving force behind it all has been Stuart Edmunds of Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

After seeing pine martens in Scotland he became interested, some might say obsessed, with the idea of tracking them down in England and in particular Shropshire.

Sniffer dog

Stuart has deployed social media, an army of volunteers and a network of motion detecting cameras. We went to meet him one afternoon when he was unleashing Luna the pine marten sniffer dog as part of his huge effort to track a pine marten down.

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The productivity problem that has economists baffled

  • 17 July 2015
  • From the section England
PP Electrical Systems, Walsall
Workers at PP Electrical Systems have boosted their productivity by 16%.

So I may be science correspondent these days but I was a real research scientist once, and like many of my colleagues in the lab we always took a bit of a dim view of economics.

Not for nothing is it called the dismal science.

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Did Michelangelo make these statues?

  • 6 July 2015
  • From the section England
The bronzes
A group of art experts claimed the bronzes were by Michelangelo in February

These two bronze statues are amazing pieces of art. But what if they were created by Michelangelo?

They would then be the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes we know of anywhere in the world. Well, in February that's what a group of art experts claimed, turning some fantastic pieces of art into something very special indeed.

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The ZX Spectrum is back including those spongy keys

  • 2 July 2015
  • From the section England
Computer game
All those computers in bedrooms gave the British video game industry a huge head start over the rest of the world

He was the Saturday job tea-boy who created a game that sold thousands of copies.

Just one of the success stories from the 1980s home computer boom - and 30 years on, I finally get to meet Nigel Alderton.

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Using video cameras to film nature in your garden

  • 5 June 2015
  • From the section England
Squirrel
BBC Midlands Today viewers have sent in their very own Springwatch photos

As this gallery of your nature photos shows getting a great wildlife picture is no longer solely the preserve of the professional.

Even a phone has a decent enough camera to get some nice looking nature shots these days.

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Ellesmere herons race for survival

  • 26 May 2015
  • From the section England
Herons on a nest in Ellesmere
A colony of about 25 pairs of herons nest at Ellesmere

Herons are recognisable birds and many of us will have seen one launching gracefully into the air from the edge of a river. They tend to fly fairly slowly, retracting their long necks into a distinctive s-shape while airborne.

Since we often see them in the distance you may be surprised to learn just how big they really are.

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Goodbye from BBC Reality Check

  • 6 May 2015
  • From the section England

We hope you have found our BBC Reality Check service useful over the course of the campaign, and before we go, here are some final questions you have sent in via social media.

Did Labour bankrupt the country?

Christopher Oxford tweeted: "Mr Cameron has repeatedly claimed that Labour 'bankrupted the country'. Is this in any way true?"

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Reality Check: 'Health tourism' under spotlight

  • 24 April 2015
  • From the section England
Hospital corridor
"Health tourism" could cost the NHS £200m a year, according to government figures

One of my friends is moving to a new job in another European country.

He has a repeat prescription for medication and he went to see his doctor to ask for some extra pills to tide him over while he sorted things out in his new job.

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Getting behind the political soundbites

  • 10 April 2015
  • From the section England
Dr David Gregory Kumar
I've been looking into politicians' claims ahead of the election

It's the end of my first week working for BBC Reality Check.

I've popped up all over the BBC discussing numbers and statistics and how politicians use them and I've learned a lot too.

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Baby boom brings barn owls back from the brink

  • 6 February 2015
  • From the section England
Molly, a rescue barn owl
Barn owl numbers have been in decline but what can be done to help?

I love barn owls.

The little owl may be more adorable and the eagle owl more impressive but watching a pale barn owl floating silently across the fields is one of the UK's nature wonders.

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