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Drought causes risk to wildlife

The Environment Agency has officially declared drought in the West Country. It's concerned the dry weather will affect wildlife.

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Marine Conservation Zones Petition Handed to Government

by Duncan Sleightholme

Environmental groups from the West Country have criticised the government over plans to limit the number of areas where marine life is protected. Today a framed copy of a petition with quarter of a million signatures was handed in to Parliament by wildlife groups from across the country.

It asks Ministers to create more marine conservation areas around our coasts. Only a quarter of those proposed will be recognised this year. Environment Minister Richard Benyon says more zones may be added later, and that the government is starting with those areas that have the strongest case.

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Fears natural regional lanscapes could be lost

There's no doubt that the Westcountry has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. And when you know what you're looking for you can see clues which point to how people lived centuries ago.

In Roman times, the people of Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire lived in large villages and showed off their wealth with palatial villas. West of the Blackdown Hills in Devon and Cornwall they lived in smaller hamlets with a far less lavish lifestyle.

The evidence remains in the shape of the land today, but there's fears that these regional differences could be lost. Bob Cruwys reports.

Controversial waste incinerator gets go ahead in Glos

A contract for a controversial waste incinerator has been given the go ahead by Gloucestershire County Council. Company Urbaser Balfour Beatty has been awarded the contract to build the facility at Javelin Park near Harsfield in Gloucester.

But planning permission has yet to be granted for the incinerator which has been met with protests from local people.

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