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Rumours of fly's death greatly exaggerated

The fly that's not as extinct as first thought Credit: Rob Wolton

A fly believed to be extinct for 150 years has been found in Devon.

The insect, Rhaphium pectinatum, has been recorded only once in the UK before in 1868. It was discovered alive and well and living on Devon Wildlife Trust’s Old Sludge beds nature reserve, near Exeter.

I took a recent trip to Devon Wildlife Trust’s Old Sludge Beds nature reserve on the outskirts of Exeter specifically to look for flies. Imagine my surprise when I examined my catch that evening to find it included a fly that was presumed extinct in Britain, not having been seen for 147 years!

Definitely one to add to the list of Devon specialities.

Finding the fly here demonstrates the importance of the work the Devon Wildlife Trust does looking after these unusual and special habitats.

– Rob Wolton, Naturalist

Some people may think the only good fly is a dead one but they are important they are for food for other creatures, pollination... and recycling waste.

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Roads busy surrounding RNAS Culdrose air show

Devon and Cornwall Police have reported that the roads around Helston and West Cornwall are particularly busy today due to Culdrose Air Day.

They are urging drivers to be patient when travelling in the area.

Plymouth's Tom Daley wins team gold in Russia

Tom Daley is a world champion again. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Plymouth diver Tom Daley has scooped a gold medal in the team event at the World Aquatics Championships.

He was competing alongside fellow British diver Rebecca Gallantree in Russia.

Daley's fourth dive scored a near perfect ten with most of the judges.

It's the first time Britain have claimed two medals at a World diving championship event.

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Cornwall stadium's future could be decided today

The 6,000-seat stadium would be the new home of the Cornish Pirates. Credit: Artist's impression

The fate of the Stadium for Cornwall could be decided at a council meeting later today.

Planners are being recommended to turn down an application for a supermarket on the site at Threemilestone near Truro, which developers say is needed to finance the stadium.

A decision was deferred in March to allow further work to be carried out on the application.

The 6,000-seat stadium would be the new home of the Cornish Pirates.

Dorset badger cull application submitted

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

An application to cull badgers in Dorset has been submitted to Natural England.

A number of farmers hope to obtain a licence to kill the animals, which are thought to infect cattle with Bovine TB.

Similar culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire proved controversial, and failed to meet their targets.

Earlier this week, volunteers in the county were given a grant by a wildlife charity to continue their programme of vaccinating badgers against the disease.

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