Where should you buy a pint of milk to support farmers?

  • 18 August 2015
  • From the section England
A dairy herd of farmer Mike Gorton make their way home for milking at his farm near Macclesfield in Cheshire
Image caption No-one said being an ethical dairy consumer was easy

It is a question plenty of people ask: "I want to support British dairy farmers so where should I get my milk from?"

The answer is a complicated one and it reveals some of the deeper problems everyone is grappling with in the dairy industry.

The simplest answer is buy it from the farmer.

Industry bible Farmers Weekly has an interactive map which shows dairy farms that also sell direct to customers. A local farm shop is also likely to sell you a good product at a price that's fair to farmers.

A traditional milkman could well be a good option, but you'll have to do your research. Many milkmen are supplied by a company called Dairy Crest, our biggest milk processor, which currently pays below what farmers claim is the cost of production. But you can find independent milkmen who pay more to farmers, companies such as Moofresh which delivers across northern Birmingham and beyond.

Supermarket choice

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English pine marten caught on film for first time

  • 31 July 2015
  • From the section England
Image caption 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.

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The productivity problem that has economists baffled

  • 17 July 2015
  • From the section England
PP Electrical Systems, Walsall
Image caption 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
Image caption 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
Image caption 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
Image caption 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
Image caption 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
Image caption "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
Image caption 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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