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A change in wind direction could have killed thousands more birds after scores were found washed ashore along England's south coast.
RNLI volunteers are on stand by as the region braces itself for more rain. Winds of up to 70mph are also expected.
A foundation set up memory of a British sailor who died when a catamaran he was on capsized, is being launched today. Olympic gold medalist Andrew Simpson from Sherborne in Dorset was training for the Americas Cup in May in San Francisco Bay when the accident happened.
Founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrew’s wife Leah the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will work to honour Andrew’s life and legacy by encouraging youngsters into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did.
At grassroots level it will encourage children to visit their local sailing clubs and ‘give it a try’ by providing equipment and coaching, with support from Olympic medalist regional mentors.
As the summer draws to a close, so does the agricultural show season. One of the last in the West Country is the Dorset County Show.
It takes place near Dorchester tomorrow and Sunday and traditionally celebrates the end of harvest.
Duncan Sleightholme reports:
Final preparations are being made for the Dorset County Show this weekend.
The show celebrates the area's agricultural sector that has been going since 1841. Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend over the next two days.
But that's not the only thing to turn up in its thousands. The show secretary Sam Mackenzie-Green said, "This year, we estimate that 2,500 animals will pass through the gates."
She also added that the 'attraction needs to strike a balance'.
"Horses will naturally take the lead but polls suggest kids also want thrills, spills and screeching tyres. This year our headliner is the Kangaroo Kid Matt Coulter from Australia, who will be performing death-defying stunts on his quad bike."
Final preparations are underway for the Dorset County Show, which starts tomorrow. Sixty thousand people are expected to turn up at the showground in Dorchester to see a programme packed with agricultural competitions, showjumping, crafts and entertainment.
This year there will be a first - the Flavour of Dorset will be unveiled - said to be the first ever flavour produced on behalf of a county in Britain.
It's been announced that supermarket giant Tesco will NOT be submitting an application for a store in Sherborne.
It follows a huge campaign against the plans. People there said it would ruin the High Street and destroy independent businesses. Tesco say it was planning issues, and not just protesters, that drove the decision.
The supermarket giant Tesco will not be submitting an application for a superstore in Sherborne.
It follows a huge campaign in the Dorset town against the plans. People said that the supermarket would ruin the High Street and destroy many well established independent businesses.
Tesco says it was planning issues - not protesters that drove the decision.
Organisers at the Great Dorset Steam Fair will today attempt to beat the world record for the greatest number of steam rollers in a parade formation over a set course. Around 110 steam rollers will participate, travelling on a brand new road created in the road-making section at the event.
The current record is also held by the Great Dorset Steam Fair; a total of 32 vintage steam rollers passed over a length of new road on 31 August 2003, exactly 10 years ago.
Organisers of the Great Dorset Steam Fair that starts on Wednesday have urged visitors to prepare for warm weather.
There are already 5,000 caravans and tents on the site with an expected 15,000 more to be set up over the next few days.
Visitors have been advised to take sun cream, sun hats and plenty of water.
The event runs from Wednesday to Sunday at Tarrant Hinton in Blandford Forum.
– Abby Gibbs, Trees and Woodland Officer, Dorset Wildlife Trust
This is a sad day for ash woodlands in Dorset and across the UK.
Further loss of these beautiful trees will undoubtedly affect the species which depend on them to survive.
Therefore, we are asking members of the public to be vigilant, and report any sightings of affected ash trees to the Forestry Commission immediately.”