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Have your say on minimising flood risk

It's the final day today for people to have their say on a package of plans designed to minimise the risk of flooding in Reading.

Areas of the Thames Valley were devastated by flooding in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

Eight sites across the town have been identified as at greater risk. The plan describes the work to alleviate the flooding and where it's already underway.

Raising awareness of tick-borne disease

Dogs can be bitten by ticks while walking through woodland Credit: ITV Meridian

Vets are backing a campaign aimed at raising awareness of tick-borne disease.

Dogs can be bitten while walking through wooded areas or parkland. Untreated it can lead to Lyme Disease - which affects both animals and humans.

The New Forest, South Downs and parts of Wiltshire and Berkshire are known to have high levels of ticks.

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Race to save water voles across the south

The number of water voles in the south has been declining Credit: ITV Meridian

The number of water voles in our region has been declining rapidly over the last century.

The People's Trust for Endangered Species is now asking for the public's help to count how many of the animals live across the South.

Conservationists say habitat loss and the release and spread of American mink has led to the problem.

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Wildlife charity sees casualties treble in recent weeks

Fox cubs abandoned by their mother, who were hand reared by members of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service in Hailsham Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

A sussex wildlife charity says its seen the number of casualties its dealing with more than treble in recent weeks.

The Wildlife and Rescue Ambulance Service says fox clubs and ducklings are among the animals its had to treat. They say at this time of year animals are more at risk as they search for food and protect their newborns.

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Warning as 'very high' pollution levels to hit parts of UK

Air pollution levels are set to become 'high' and 'very high' in parts of central, eastern and northern England today, experts have warned.

A combination of pollutants trapped near the ground, a small amount of Saharan dust and winds bringing across pollution from Europe has damaged air quality across the country.

Pollution levels will become 'very high' in some parts today Credit: Defra

By tomorrow, however, sharper winds from the Atlantic are expected to clear some of the toxic elements, bringing air pollution levels down to moderate or low.

The latest information on pollution levels can be found on the Defra website.

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