More than 700 seals have been spotted in the Thames Estuary in the first ever count carried out by air, land and water.
Clues on the future of airports in the south may be revealed today, including whether new runways or airports will be built.
A new study says the effect of air pollution on human health would be less if a new hub airport was built off North Kent
Simon Moore, DP World London Gateway chief executive, has high hopes for the South East's new super port as giant cranes arrive up the Thames.
The first video clips of three giant cranes from China as they head into port on the River Thames near Essex. The cranes will aid container shipping once the London Gateway opens later this year.
Three new giant cranes have arrived from China into the new deep-sea port in the Thames Estuary. The site is near Stanford le-Hope in Essex. The quay cranes which are taller than the London Eye measure 138 metres in height - two and a half times the height of Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square.
The cranes will be used to lift containers from big ships onto the shore. The LOndon Gateway is due to open at the end of 2013. When complete, its owners say it could bring 36,000 jobs to the economy.
The biggest cranes ever seen on the River Thames arrive at the new London Gateway super port.
The cranes are taller than the London Eye, weigh 1,848 tons each, will reach across 25 rows of containers on a vessel and can lift up to 80 tons at a time.
Why so large?
London Gateway will be handling the world’s largest container ships, operated by shipping lines to provide economies of scale and reduce environmental impact on the main shipping trade lanes. That means lower cost and lower carbon supply chains for retailers and other cargo owners.
And the future?
The 25-box outreach takes the cranes beyond the width of the world’s largest container ship. “The size of the cranes future-proofs the port, allowing London Gateway to handle the next generation of ultra large container ships,” says London Gateway operations director Tim Halhead.
Three giant cranes will arrive at Britain's new deep water port in the Thames Estuary today. They'll be used to move containers from some of the world's biggest ships to shore when The London Gateway opens later this year.
Kent fishermen fear their livelihoods are under threat as building projects have turned the Thames estuary into one of the biggest construction sites in the world. But the builders insist they're not to blame. David Johns reports, talking to fishermen Eddy Temple and John Nichols.
If you're a "twitcher" or just interested in wildlife, you might know it's World Wetlands Day. It's to mark the anniversary of a treaty, signed by 164 countries, to protect important wetlands. But what does it mean for our region? David Johns explains, talking to Andy Daw of the RSPB.
3 cranes are on their way to a new port off the Essex coast. The £3.5 million port in the Thames Estuary opens at the end of this year, and will handle the biggest container ships. The cranes which are taller than the London Eye, will be used to move containers from ship to shore.