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An arachnophobic mother-of-one from Coddenham received the fright of her life on Monday when she discovered a male ‘Black Widow’ spider in a box of grapes.

A dry summer could leave some of the region’s most iconic wetlands “as parched as the Mediterranean”, which would be “disastrous” for wildlife, a leading charity has warned.

Town hall bosses say less than 0.25% of collections have been missed and only 46 complaints received in the first week of controversial new rubbish rules.

Motorists in Ipswich are facing eight weeks of disruption as work to replace sewers near the town’s railway station take place.

A green grants scheme for business launched last year has identified £2m worth of savings for Suffolk and Norfolk businesses to date, it says.

The go-ahead has been secured for a £32million project which will mean a ten-fold reduction in the risk of flooding to people living in part of Lowestoft.

The Suffolk and Essex borderlands of the Dedham Vale, an area virtually unrivalled as a classic English lowland landscape, has long inspired artists and greats such as Sir Alfred Munnings, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough have used its beauty to produce some of the greatest of all British works of art.

The finest examples of Britain’s green spaces - the protected landscapes that are nationally designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - don’t just look good. They perform immensely important roles and offer vital services, from boosting local economies to improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Police are investigating after allegations a Sudbury meadow “packed with wildlife” was “ploughed” during nesting season.

Construction of Britain’s first new nuclear power station for decades has today come under fire – with the Government’s own monitoring body saying the deal has “locked consumers into a risky and expensive” project.

Drivers will face continued roadworks in Ipswich as work starts next week on an £800,000 scheme to replace sewers in the town centre.

Two buildings in Suffolk including a Buddhist retreat set in the heart of the countryside are among six projects in the East of England to receive a prestigious award for architecture.

Top billing at the National Portrait Gallery, London for Suffolk artist Ania.

The desire to find a workable balance between housing development and the needs of wildlife is a challenge as old as the conservation movement itself.

Charity bosses at RSPB Minsmere have said goodbye to the BBC Springwatch studio – marking the end of an era for the east Suffolk reserve.

Refuelling Suffolk’s nuclear power station will go ahead on schedule after the first load of radioactive waste was moved into storage.

A ‘faceless’ fly-tipper has dumped a pile of rubbish on the lawn at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich to spread awareness of illegal tipping.

New recycling banks being trialled at two locations in Suffolk Coastal have already diverted two tonnes of small electrical appliances away from landfill.

Budding photographers in Kesgrave have been capturing the best of the town and its landscape in a special competition.

Space is currently short on the window sills of my conservatory, writes Sheena Grant. And that’s because they are being taken over by an ever-increasing number of pots containing everything from runner bean seedlings to herbs, tomatoes, spinach and salad leaves.

From the mightiest red deer stag to the most microscopic invertebrate, and from the unmissable marsh harriers to the usually overlooked secretive psuedoscorpion, Minsmere positively bristles with biodiversity.

Few British insects are as impressive and distinctive as the stag beetle. The spectacular male, with its huge antler-like jaws, is the UK’s largest and most conspicuous terrestrial beetle, reaching a whopping 75mm in length.

The look and feel of Suffolk is intrinsically linked to the many rivers that criss-cross the county.

The famous Suffolk Trinity trio that is a popular and powerful icon of the county’s rich rural heritage should really be a five-strong livestock line-up, it was suggested yesterday.

Experts are to be employed to see how businesses in Suffolk can secure the greatest benefits from the £14billion Sizewell C project if it goes ahead.

Stansted Airport could increase its passenger cap by almost an extra 10million people under new expansion plans.

Strawberry afternoon tea, a large orchard and an array of potted plants will greet visitors to an open garden in the heart of Ipswich this weekend.

Dog owners in Suffolk should not assume their pets are safe around sheep, the police officer leading the investigation into an attack that left four sheep dead in Hollesley has said.

Four sheep have been killed and another 12 were left with deep puncture wounds after a suspected dog attack in Hollesley.

Farmers said more must be done to prevent bird flu spreading from back-yard poultry flocks, amid fears the latest outbreak could have consequences for East Anglia’s valuable commercial poultry sector.

Residents who keep chickens at home have been urged to be vigilant against bird flu amid fears the break out of the disease in a Norfolk back yard could have far-reaching consequences for the county’s poultry sector.

Birdwatchers have been flocking to a back garden in Henley Road, Ipswich, after a rare rose-coloured starling was spotted.

Farmers are preparing for visits from government officials after a 3km protection zone was set up around Diss following an outbreak of bird flu.

Farmers are preparing for visits from government officials after a 3km protection zone was set up around Diss following an outbreak of bird flu.

An award-winning scheme showcasing the very best of locally sourced food has marked its tenth anniversary with a special portrait celebrating the women spearheading the future of food and drink in the region.

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