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Flood warning and alerts ahead of 'supertides'

High tides mean a large Severn Bore. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

There is one flood warning and seven flood alerts in force for parts of South and West Wales ahead of what are expected to be so-called supertides.

The high tides coincide with the Moon orbiting the Earth at its closest approach (or Perigee). That has led to this week's supermoon.

They will also lead to a strong Severn Bore.


Snowdonia pylons could be removed under new plans

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Snowdonia is one of four protected landscapes which are to be transformed by removing the electricity pylons and overhead lines that scar the view, under plans unveiled by National Grid.

Funding of £500 million will go to reducing the visual impact of stretches of high-voltage transmission lines in the national park and three other areas of England by replacing them with underground cables.

But the Brecon Beacons National Park was not prioritised for a share of the cash.

Reducing the visual impact of pylons and power lines in our most precious landscapes is highly desirable, but it is also very expensive and technically complex so we have had to make some difficult decisions.

Although four schemes have been prioritised, none of the locations on our original short list have been dropped and they will remain under consideration for future work to reduce the impact of National Grid's transmission lines under the vision impact provision project.

– Chris Baines, Environmentalist

Lottery cash boost for Wales' red squirrel population

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Parts of north and mid Wales are share a part of £1.2m lottery cash to preserve the native red squirrel across the UK.

Funding will go to support a four-year programme to secure the future of the native red, immortalised as "Squirrel Nutkin" by Beatrix Potter which has been driven out by the grey squirrel.

The project will involve culling grey squirrels to preserve existing areas which are free of the non-native species, for example on the island of Anglesey and in Kielder Forest, and protect conifer woodland habitat where red squirrels thrive and greys do not. It will extend existing red squirrel "protection zones" in mid-Wales and Merseyside and take a whole country approach to preserving the native reds in Northern Ireland.


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Four mid Wales windfarms rejected

Plans for four new windfarms in mid Wales have been rejected by the UK government. Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has taken the decision following a public inquiry into the four proposals.

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The proposed new windfarms triggered angry protests, largely because of the pylons that would connect them to the national grid. The minister has approved one proposal, at Llandinam, which would replace an existing windfarm. But she has rejected plans for its link to the grid. So it can only go ahead if an acceptable alternative route can be found.

Our wondrous landscapes have been saved from wanton desecration. We have protected the legacy which we have enjoyed, for our children to love in the way we do. Today is a very good day indeed for Montgomeryshire.

I am pleased that Department of Energy and Climate Change ministers have listened to the inspirational protest movement that rose up against the plans of the Welsh Government to desecrate mid Wales with pylons and several hundred additional turbines. It was a wholly unreasonable and insensitive proposal.

I very much hope that National Grid will quickly withdraw its proposal for its disfiguring 400kv line and massive substation. The money wasted is an utter scandal.

– Montgomeryshire Conservative MP Glyn Davies

The windfarm developers have described the decision as a devastating blow to mid Wales because of the lost income for local businesses and communities.

Back in 2013 I questioned whether Powys could afford to lose the £50 million investment these wind farms were set to bring to the area. It seems that with today’s decision, that investment into mid Wales will be lost for good, and the people of Wales will be the poorer for it.

Given the blows the UK Government are raining down onto the renewable energy sector on both consents and subsidies, ministers will be heading to the Paris climate discussions with their credibility in tatters.

– David Clubb, RenewableUK Cymru
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