Rural communities demand change from next PM
Jun30

Rural communities demand change from next PM

Rural communities are demanding major change from the next Prime Minister as a new survey paints a sense of deep frustration with Brexit and general countryside issues. A major survey of over 3,000 people based in UK rural areas has found that only 8.5% of people think that life in the countryside has improved in the last 5 years. Meanwhile, only 30% of people think the Conservative Party understands rural Britain, the Countryside...

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WARNING SIGN FOR  HEDGEHOGS
Jun29

WARNING SIGN FOR HEDGEHOGS

The Ministry of Transport have issued a new road warning sign – a red triangle warning with an image of a hedgehog in the middle will be placed along country roads to warn drivers that small animals like rabbits, squirrels, foxes and hedgehogs are likely to be on or crossing the road. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called on local authorities and animal welfare groups to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the new...

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Lydford Gorge – Delight at chick success for endangered Pied Flycatchers
Jun28

Lydford Gorge – Delight at chick success for endangered Pied Flycatchers

Two pairs of rare Pied Flycatchers, which are on the ‘Birds of Conservation Concern’ red list, are successfully breeding at Lydford Gorge in Devon, thanks to work done by rangers at National Trust. They are further thrilled to have discovered that one pair of the birds, who were born in different parts of Devon, have paired up and are now busy raising their young at Lydford Gorge on Dartmoor. The Devon pair of birds were ringed in...

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S.O.S – Save Our Services
Jun28

S.O.S – Save Our Services

Ashburton Fire Station is set close as part of the biggest shake-up of the fire service in fifty years. In all eight fire stations in the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service area are earmarked for closure. Donald Distin Town Councillor and crew manager at the fire station has vowed to fight the planned closure as he fears that lives will be lost if the fire station is closed – arguing that the statistics being used to...

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Tales from the human swan
Jun28

Tales from the human swan

Adventurer and conservationist Sacha Dench, who has made her home on Dartmoor, talks to Jane Rush about her award-winning expedition to help the Bewick’s swan and her forthcoming adventure to help the osprey. Three small planes set off from the coast of Panama and out over the azure sea. Their destination is one of the jewel-like islands which make up the hundreds that form the San Blas archipelago. But with an approaching storm, two...

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