Following a dramatic rise in the number of incidents of sheep rustling in the region over the last fortnight, here are a few guidelines in keeping a flock safe from thieves.
Advice to farmers:
- ensure that your animals are tagged
- boundaries and gates should be kept in good order and wherever possible locked
- put something heavy in front of gates to make life harder for thieves
- don’t leave trailers or anything that can be used to steal/transport the sheep
- don’t leave keys in vehicles, even if they are in your yard
- if you are keeping or rearing animals in barns or out-buildings, make sure that gates and doors are locked
People living in rural communities are being urged to be vigilant following a dramatic increase of livestock thefts in the last fortnight.Read the full story ›
The 50th North Devon Show has been held today. It's believed to be the largest one day event of its kind in the region. Here's a tasterRead the full story ›
Prince Charles visited a wildlife reserve yesterday looking for one of the rarest butterflies in the country.
The Large Blue became extinct in this country in the 1950s but it has been introduced to the Daneway Banks reserve, at Sapperton in Gloucestershire - where the Prince of Wales is patron.
Our Gloucestershire correspondent thought he'd try his luck at finding it...
If it's any consolation, Prince Charles never got to see one either.
But he did get to unveil a special plaque to commemorate his visit to the reserve, though like the butterfly we'd all been looking for, it took flight.
Check out this amazing footage showing a chance encounter with one of Britain's most beautiful - and normally shy - wild creatures.
It was captured by one of our own producers as she took a walk in the summer sunshine on the Somerset Levels.
Incredibly, after viewing it from afar the curious animal hopped up to do some investigation of its own, before making its way off into the distance.
A section of Weymouth beach was closed off today after metal detectorists discovered what was thought to be an unexploded bomb from the Second World war.
An Army Bomb disposal team examined the device and have taken it away. It was the head of an armour piercing shell which would not have exploded. The beach has now re-opened.
Our use of artificial light has fooled flowers and plants into thinking Spring has come early.Read the full story ›
People living by Aller Moor near Langport say a planning inspector has made a terrible mistake by allowing a 55 acre solar farm to be builtRead the full story ›
Michael Eavis - the founder of Glastonbury festival - is also the President of the Bath and West show, he's an award winning dairy farmer.Read the full story ›
Tory MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg (backing Leave) and Neil Parish (backing Remain) taking questions from country landowners on the opening day of the Bath and West Show.