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Dramatic fall in number of butterflies in region

It may be quite early to be thinking about butterflies - but there have already been some sightings in Kent and Sussex, according to the charity

If you have seen one and can correctly identify what it is then they want to hear about it. The organisation monitors moths and butterflies - because their numbers have dwindled over the past 20 years.

The Kent Wildlife Trust told us in certain areas of the South East like Blean Woods near Canterbury, numbers of some species are doing well.

But as Butterfly Conservation admits, in our towns and cities there's been a dramatic fall. Duncan Sleightholme has been investigating.

Calls for tougher penalties to stop hare coursing

An MP is calling for tougher penalties against people who take part in hare coursing. It's been illegal for more than a decade now, but farmers say it still happens.

Gangs are descending on their fields at night, terrifying wildlife and damaging their property. Our Political Editoir Phil Hornby reports.

Phil talked to Salisbury MP John Glen, Con.


'County Eye' app launched to help prevent rural crime

A new scheme has been launched in Kent to protect historic buildings, monuments and artefacts, particularly in rural areas.

Heritage Watch will use an app - called Country Eye - where members of the public can get involved and report suspicious activity as Sarah Saunders reports

Butterflies struggling to cope with climate change

Fears for the future of butterflies Credit: ITV

Birds and butterflies are struggling to cope with climate change under intensive land use. Researchers at the University of Reading say some of Britain's much-loved birds and butterflies could be wiped out in certain areas if they do not have sufficient natural habitat. Scientists looked at more than four decades of bird and butterfly records.

Specialist dog unit ready to rescue this Christmas

While most of us will hopefully be soaking up the festive spirit next weekend some people will be at work or even 'on call'.

They'll include Search Dogs Sussex who've been out on Christmas and New Year's Day in recent years. Andy Dickenson spoke to handlers Mick Castleden, Debbie Peters and Darren Yeates.

Two Oxford farmers to lead cow procession in London

Two cows will be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral

Two Oxford farmers will lead a procession of cows in London this morning to celebrate the best of British livestock.

Two of Tina Russell and Simon Farmer's own cows will front the parade and will also be blessed in front of St Paul's Cathedral.

More than 200 farmers from across the UK will take part in the event which will also include calves, lambs and chickens.

Cows will parade through London


From dairy farmer to award-winning cheese maker

A dairy farmer from Kent who wanted to make more money from his cows' milk has become an award winning cheese maker. Robin Betts and his wife Carla started making cheese ten years ago. It's now being sold in upmarket department stores and winning international awards. This report from Tony Green.

Metal detectors searching war site sought by police

Police say they're keen to talk to two men in connection with illicit metal detecting which took place at Butts Brow, Eastbourne, on Sunday 6 November.

The site is close to a memorial for a B24 Liberator bomber crew whose airctaft crashed there during the Second World War.

Police would like to speak to these men Credit: Sussex Police

Police say the illicit use of metal detectors can lead to permanent loss of important historical information or artefacts, and damage land which may be protected.

Environment Agency at 'serious' pollution incident

Pollution at the Plumpton Mill Stream Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is responding to a serious case of pollution at the Plumpton Mill Stream, a tributary of the River Ouse in Sussex.

"Our officers are on site assessing the scale of the incident and trying to reduce the impact to the watercourse.

We believe the majority of the pollution has now been contained. We are continuing to monitor any impacts downstream."

– Environment Agency spokesperson
Workers are assessing the extent of the problem Credit: Environment Agency
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