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Rat Population On The Up

The recent rain could mean an increase in the number of rats infesting homes.

That's the warning from experts in the West Country who say flood-hit areas are particularly at risk.

Pest control experts say rats are building nests closer to homes after being driven to higher ground by rising water levels. They're warning the problem could get worse as warm weather sets in.


Nature improvement grant for North Devon

Northern Devon was chosen as one of the Government's 12 new flagship Nature Improvement Areas

From Barnstable reporter Seth Conway: "North Devon gets massive Nature Improvement grant to benefit wildlife and people alongside River Torridge".

The project will recreate and restore 1,000 hectares of priority habitat

"The money will help farmers to leave wildlife areas on field borders with rivers and to boost Pearl Mussels". Find our more about the Nature Improvement Areas.