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Frensham pond closed over levels of blue-green algae

Credit: Frensham Great Pond and Common

The large pond at Frensham Great Pond and Common in Surrey has had to be closed because of concerns over the levels of blue-green algae in the water.

Hundreds of people have been at the ponds between Farnham and Hindhead over the past couple of days enjoying the sunshine.

The council is asking people to stay out of the water and follow the advice on signs at the site.

It added that anyone who has been in contact with the water at the pond should wash their hands well before eating, drinking or smoking.

If you have any signs of a skin rash, stomach pains or vomiting after being in the water you need to seek medical advice.

The pond will reopen once the blue-green algae has dropped to a safe level.

– Waverley Borough Council

Parade of zebra sculptures in Southampton

Shoppersand workers in Southampton’s city centre got a lunchtime treat today, as 31 gorgeous zebra sculptures paraded past on trucks. It was the official launch of the public art extravaganza ‘Marwell’s ZanyZebras’.

Showcasing their colourful and zany designs, the magnificent large sculptures rolled through the city centre to give people a glimpse of what to expect when the trail goes live this Saturday.

The parade route took in some of Southampton’s top landmarks, including the Bargate, the Civic Centre, Guildhall Square and the city’s new arts complex, Studio 144.


Ancient secrets of the South Downs

It's a momentous discovery which could mean the history books will have to be rewritten. The latest archaeological techniques have revealed that our ancestors living here in the South are more closely related to the civilisations of ancient Greece, Egypt or Rome than was previously thought.

It follows detailed scanning of the South Downs National Park by lasers mounted on aircraft and ,as Christine Alsford explains, it's caused more than a ripple of excitement among archaeologists.

Interviewees: Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive, South Downs National Park and James Kenny, Archaeology Officer, Chichester District Council.

Seagulls draw blood after attacking bird expert

Martin Cade of the RSPB was trying to rescue a chick when he was attacked by the gulls Credit: Martin Cade

Two seagulls have attacked ornithologist Martin Cade, from the RSPB observatory at Portland Bill in Dorset. Ironically, he was trying to rescue their stranded baby chick.

Mr Cade, 56, was asked by a neighbour to help the chick.

However, the parents swooped on him. One struck him on the head with its beak, drawing blood. The other gull pecked him on the side of the head.

Mr Cade cleaned up his wounds and did not need medical attention. The next day he returned to try to help the chick, but the seagulls started to circle again.

The seagulls have carried out a number of attacks Credit: ITV

In another incident, in Weymouth, a seagull tried to take food from a child until the father intervened.

Mr Cade, though, says the public should take the blame for the behaviour of of the gulls

"People leave out bin bags, and some even feed them. Seagulls are just opportunists."


Archaelogists begin another dig at "one of Britain's most important prehistoric monuments"

New dig to begin at one of the country's most important monuments Credit: ITV News Meridian

Archaelogists from the University of Reading are beginning another dig at the site of what they say is one of Britain's most important - but little explored - prehistoric monuments.

Marden Henge between Stonehenge and Avebury was built around 2400 twenty four hundred BC. It's the second year of a three year project. Researchers hope to find out more about life during the Stone Age.

Environment Agency warns of potential flooding in South East overnight

People in South East advised to check their local flood risk with Environment Agency

People living across the South East are being warned about possible flooding tonight because of predictions of thunder storms across Kent and Sussex. Heavy rain is predicted to fall overnight on Wednesday into Thursday. The Met Office has warned of the potential of localised flooding in areas in the south east of England, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The Environment Agency will have an incident room open. The organisation also has teams out working on the ground.

“Thunderstorms are expected to bring heavy rain at times across the south east overnight (Wednesday) into Thursday morning, and intermittently through to Friday morning, which may lead to surface water flooding in some communities, and significant disruption to travel, particularly in parts of Kent, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. There is also a risk of flooding from smaller, faster responding rivers in built-up areas.

‘’People are advised to check their flood risk at or sign up to Floodline on 0345 988 1188. Also, people should stay safe by not going near or trying to drive through fast moving water. Just 30cm of floodwater is enough to move a car.’’

– Ian Nunn, Environment Agency Manager
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