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Keepers at Cotswold Wildlife Park have just completed their annual stocktake; a compulsory requirement for all British zoos in order to keep their zoo licence.  The numbers are no surprise to the park’s keepers, as they know exactly how many animals are in the collection from their daily checks.  But, once a year, the total number of mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles are officially recorded and added to the Park’s Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS). This information is shared with other zoological collections and is vital…
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A new website that celebrates six centuries of a Cotswold school has gone live. Chipping Campden School launched its new archive website www.chippingcampdenschool.org.uk as the culmination of a two-year history project to commemorate its 575th anniversary in 2015. The website is a living history of Chipping Campden School from its foundation in 1440 to the present day. It explores 575 years of school history and contains a wealth of archive material and documentation from the school’s fascinating past.  The project has been carried out in partnership with the…
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Photographer shares her five favourite places to get the best pictures  A Cotswold photographer who has contributed a number of photos to the Loving the Cotswolds website has shared her top five places for photography in the Cotswolds. Sally-Anne Guibert, who lives near Broadway, runs the Cotswold Photography Company and specialises in doing family photography and weddings. But she also loves getting out and about in the Cotswolds and exploring new places to take pictures. Sally-Anne said: "I've really enjoyed taking some of the photographs for the Loving the Cotswolds…
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Seventy-seven years after Harry Workman borrowed money off his mother to buy a milk round, his descendants are now running a hugely successful dairy that employs about 350 people. Cotteswold Dairy is a family-run business with a strong Cotswold heritage that has supplied British farmed and produced milk and dairy products to residents, restaurants and retail establishments since the late 1930s. The business began in 1938 as Spa Farm Dairy when Harry Workman bought a 30 gallon per day milk round from his brother-in-law Eric Brown with money…
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A landmark project which tested the DNA of the Gloucestershire village of Bledington has revealed that residents were more connected and ethnically diverse than expected.   Results revealed that the village had genetic heritage spanning 18 separate global locations. And despite its location in the heart of England, the average resident’s DNA was revealed to be just 42% ‘Great British’.What’s more, over half of the residents discovered previously unknown genetic connections with other villagers – bringing the community closer together.      Conducted by AncestryDNA, this was the first…
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Keepers at Cotswold Wildlife Park have just completed their annual stocktake; a compulsory requirement for all British zoos in order to keep their zoo licence.  The numbers are no surprise to the park’s keepers, as they know exactly how many animals are in the collection from their daily checks.  But, once a year, the total number of mammals, birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles are officially recorded and added to the Park’s Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS). This information is shared with other zoological collections and is vital…
A new website that celebrates six centuries of a Cotswold school has gone live. Chipping Campden School launched its new archive website www.chippingcampdenschool.org.uk as the culmination of a two-year history project to commemorate its 575th anniversary in 2015. The website is a living history of Chipping Campden School from its foundation in 1440 to the present day. It explores 575 years of school history and contains a wealth of archive material and documentation from the school’s fascinating past.  The project has been carried out in partnership with the…
Photographer shares her five favourite places to get the best pictures  A Cotswold photographer who has contributed a number of photos to the Loving the Cotswolds website has shared her top five places for photography in the Cotswolds. Sally-Anne Guibert, who lives near Broadway, runs the Cotswold Photography Company and specialises in doing family photography and weddings. But she also loves getting out and about in the Cotswolds and exploring new places to take pictures. Sally-Anne said: "I've really enjoyed taking some of the photographs for the Loving the Cotswolds…
Seventy-seven years after Harry Workman borrowed money off his mother to buy a milk round, his descendants are now running a hugely successful dairy that employs about 350 people. Cotteswold Dairy is a family-run business with a strong Cotswold heritage that has supplied British farmed and produced milk and dairy products to residents, restaurants and retail establishments since the late 1930s. The business began in 1938 as Spa Farm Dairy when Harry Workman bought a 30 gallon per day milk round from his brother-in-law Eric Brown with money…

Cotswold villagers surprised to learn their DNA is only 42% British

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A landmark project which tested the DNA of the Gloucestershire village of Bledington has revealed that residents were more connected and ethnically diverse than expected.   Results revealed that the village had genetic heritage spanning 18 separate global locations. And despite its location in the heart of England, the average resident’s DNA was revealed to be just 42% ‘Great British’.What’s more, over half of the residents discovered previously unknown genetic connections with other villagers – bringing the community closer together.      Conducted by AncestryDNA, this was the first…
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