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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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Westonbirt researchers always on the look out

The curator of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire says that there can be a threat to trees from overseas species.

"There are things that we don't yet have like the Asian longhorn beetle, we have things in America for instance, the Emerald Ash borer, that's responsible for probably killing 100 million trees over there, ash trees native in the woodlands and forests. So we really need to be on our toes, we need to be aware of what's going on, and this research is very much part of that work."

– Mark Ballard, Curator of Westonbirt Arboretum

Buckfastleigh to vote on incinerator ash plans

People in Buckfastleigh are going to the polls to vote on plans that would see thousands of tonnes of ash from the new waste incinerator in Plymouth transported to the town. Campaigners say it would affect businesses and increase traffic. It's said up to 400 lorries a day will run through the town

Roadside posters advertising parish poll
Polls open at 4 pm on the dumping of waste from a giant incinerator
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