The recent heavy rains have led to an increase in the number of carp in the River Fome in Dorset. Here's the reason why.
New figures released by the GMB union shows that council cleaners are dealing with 72,597 cases of fly-tipping in the South and South East.
The power of the sun is being used to deep freeze two billion seeds at the Millennium Seed Bank in Sussex.
It's that time of the year already - when playgrounds are filled with young people playing conkers. But the tradition could be under threat because of an alien moth invasion.
The leaf-mining moth is causing our horse chestnuts to produce smaller conkers. But experts now believe Blue Tits could hold the key to keeping the caterpillars under control. Mel Bloor explains.
The Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment has issued a statement about plans to raise toll prices for the Dratford crossing.
Bryan Sweetland said: “Congestion at the Dartford Crossing and its approaches costs the UK economy some £40million every year and is now a serious hindrance to encouraging economic growth in North Kent.”
"I am concerned that toll charges at the Dartford Crossing are being increased without any improvement to the congestion problems. I am even more concerned that the introduction of ‘free-flow tolling’ has been delayed yet again and is not now planned until the autumn of 2014, when the original date given was late 2012. I would urge the DfT to do all they can to improve on the autumn 2014 date.
“The Government has made a firm commitment to look at the longer term capacity of the crossing and I welcome that.
"Their own statistics show that the crossing was at over capacity for more than two thirds of the year.
"The benefits of an additional Thames crossing would not only help alleviate the severe congestion currently faced by road users, it would also act as a catalyst to unlock much needed investment opportunities in the Thames Gateway region and help boost business and employment prospects in Dartford, Swanley and Gravesend.
– Bryan Sweetland, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste
“However, to put this into perspective, as things stand at the moment, my granddaughter who starts nursery school this week, is likely to be starting university before any additional crossing is built.
"Overall, local residents, businesses and road users will share my disappointment over this announcement and I call on the new Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to address these very significant concerns as soon as possible."
The Environment Agency is warning the public that ‘pet’ fish and non-native fish should not be placed into their local streams, rivers and lakes because they are breaking the law.
The reminder comes after fisheries officers were called to remove non-native fish found in a stream beside the Great Stour, Kent.
The fish, including at least 50 goldfish, were found by a Mid Kent Fisheries bailiff and reported to the Environment Agency. It is likely that the fish were put into the river from a garden pond.
When ornamental fish are released into rivers they can spread disease and parasites to other fish.
For information about non-native fish, see the Environment Agency’s website.
A dispute which left rubbish rotting on Southampton's streets could soon be resolved.
Trade unions have agreed to end legal and industrial action against Southampton City Council after a deal was reached over pay and conditions. Union members will vote on the settlement in September.
In the east, it's Medway that's worst affected by flytipping with more than 3000 incidents there last year.
Hastings had just under 3 thousand reports of flytipping; Brighton and Hove had two thousand. But Swale, Dartford, Canterbury and Crawley were all - in the top 15.
Click below for the full report from the east of the region
A report has revealed that Southampton - more than anywhere else in the west of the region - suffers most from flytipping.
The figures - from the Department for Energy, Food and Rural Affairs - show there were more than eight and a half thousand incidents last year. Basingstoke came 4th, Brighton and Hove 6th and Reading, the Test Valley, Portsmouth and Crawley - were all in the top 15.
Our councils are paying out millions of pounds each year to clean up the mess - but is it enough?
Click below for the full report for the west of the region
Out on patrol with a clean-up crew in Brighton this morning we discovered nearly half a dozen instances of fly-tipping in less than an hour. The city's Green council leader Jason Kitcat tells us why catching the perpetrators is so difficult.
Council officers in the South are being forced to deal with more cases of fly-tipping as people try to avoid the costs of recycling by dumping rubbish.
A new survey by the GMB shows that officers in Southampton were called to 8,708 cases of fly-tipping, the highest across the South.
While in Medway the local authority dealt with 3,130 separate incidents including a case where a man dumped builder's rubbish onto the door of a charity shop.