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Cows and sheep to 'work the land' at nature reserve

Seaford Head nature reserve Credit: Sojka Libor/Czech News Agency/Press Association Images

Seaford Town Council and Sussex Wildlife Trust have welcomed back sheep and cattle to graze at its Seaford Head nature reserve.

It's the second time the animals have been brought in to manage the land.

The twenty nine sheep and three cattle will help to control the vegetation.

South East pothole claims among highest in country

Drivers claiming compensation for pothole damage Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers in Kent, East Sussex and Essex are making more claims for pothole damage to their cars than motorists in many other parts of the country.

But new research from the RAC Foundation shows these councils settle fewer claims than most other authorities.

In Essex, just 5% of drivers received compensation, in Kent it was 8% and in East Sussex, 15% of drivers who made a claim received a pay-out.

Abigail Bracken reports from Hawkhurst.


Thousands of people expected at Berkshire County Show

Newbury prepares for Berkshire County Show Credit: ITV

Thousands are expected to descend on Newbury Showground over the weekend to celebrate the county's agriculture.This year's Berkshire County Show will include the grand parade of livestock, horticulture and traditional crafts. The Newbury and District Agricultural Society was formed in 1909 with the aim of providing a show to replace the local Horse Show

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Preparations underway for the 175th Dorset County Show

The 175-year-old event traditionally commemorates the end of harvest. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Preparations are underway this morning for the start of the Dorset County Show.

The event, which celebrates it's 175th anniversary this year, traditionally commemorates the end of harvest.

40,000 people are expected to head to the ground, near Dorchester, tomorrow and Sunday.

40,000 people are expected to head to the ground over the weekend. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire


Man videoed pulling the head off a bird is given criminal behaviour order

A man who was videoed pulling the head off a wood pigeon - the footage of which ended up on Facebook - has been given a criminal behaviour order.

Scott Matthew Cochrane, 25, of Poole, in Dorset, was issued with the order at Bournemouth Crown Court. He had been convicted, at the same court, six months earlier, in February, of killing a wild bird. For that offence, he had been given a six-month conditional discharge.

Part of the order states that Cochrane must not behave in an anti-social manner as to cause harassment, alarm or distress or encourage others to use threatening or insulting behaviour in a public place.

It also states he must not be allowed to be in possession of a wild animal or wild bird, living or dead.

Scott Cochrane Credit: Dorset Police

“Cochrane has been involved in a number of anti-social incidents over recent years, and he was responsible for callously killing a bird.

“This order sends a strong message that we will be tough on those who commit rural crime, animal cruelty and anti-social behaviour in Dorset.”

– Sgt Andy Napper, Dorset Police

Fly-tippers dump nursery items in a Hampshire lane

Flytippers have dumped items from a children's bedroom or nursery in a country lane in Steep, near Petersfield, in Hampshire.

The rubbish was left in Harrow Lane and East Hampshire District Council’s environmental team is trying to track down who is responsible.

Dumped rubbish left on a country lane
Dumped rubbish left on a country lane

Council spokeswoman Rachel Gorvin said: “The waste dumped is quite distinctive and looks like it has come from a nursery or similar.

“If we could trace the source we might be able to find out how it ended up dumped in the countryside.

“Fly-tipping is a blight on the beautiful countryside of East Hampshire. Not only is it unsightly but it also poses a danger to people, animals and the environment. A number of fly tips contain hazardous waste such as asbestos or chemicals.

“If you have any information about this or any other fly tip please let us know.”

The council’s Environmental Services Team can be contacted on 01730 266551.

Residents invited to share opinion on South Downs development

South Downs National Park Credit: PA

New policies that set the course for development across the South Downs National Park are to be opened up for public comment.

The local Plan - which will cover Hampshire, East and West Sussex - will aim to put the landscape first whilst also serving the needs of the community.

It is the first time people will be able to comment on the proposed policies for future development in the National Park.

Details about the plan and the consultation process, can be seen in this video:

Tree cutters in £350k 1-day scheme to stop power cuts

Trees falling on power lines have disrupted supplies in West Sussex nine times in the past year

A team of 150 workers is to carry out Southern Electric's biggest ever tree cutting programme - in a bid to reduce the number of power cuts in West Sussex.

Fallen trees hitting power lines or interfering with the network have caused nine power outages in the past year alone. The firm is spending £350,000 on the one-day operation which will see tree cutters, engineers and contractors working in Milland, Redford and Linch. Power will be turned off between 8am - 6pm in the areas with electricity being provided through temporary power generators where possible.

"We are not just minimising the risk of a power cut during high winds, but we are also reducing the number of planned outages that are needed to carry out installation of new equipment and routine tree cutting work. By doing the work in one day, and on this scale, means we don't have to keep switching off the network in the area."

– Chris Anderson, SEPD's Tree Cutting Field Manager
Tree cutters will cut back trees over an area of 200,000 square metres

The entire project will cover an area of 200,000 sq. metres. The firm has reassured the public that only vegetation and dead trees will be removed if they pose a significant threat to the network and are within falling distance of an overhead line.

The company is setting up a mobile welfare and information point to provide free hot food and drinks, as well as charging facilities for customers' mobile phones and tablets.

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