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Service of remembrance held for people who died off Chesil Beach 70 years ago

A plaque commemorating the loss was unveiled at Chesil Beach Credit: ITV News

A service of remembrance for eleven people who died off Chesil Beach in Dorset seventy years ago has taken place today.

They lost their lives when a Royal Naval tank landing craft was swept by mountainous seas was swept onto the beach. It was on its way from Dartmouth to Portland. Tragically, nine of the 13 naval crew and two members of the rescue party onshore lost their lives. Today marks the seventieth anniversary.

Today a plaque commemorating their loss was unveiled at Chesil Beach.


Army arrives on Portland to repair storm damage

Army equipment arrives on Portland Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The army has arrived on Portland to help rebuild Chesil Beach. They've brought bulldozers and diggers to help the Environment Agency whose efforts have been thwarted by giant waves this week. Parts of the beach and flood defences were washed away by storms at the start of January.

Bulldozers lined up near Chesil Beach Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The Army has sent 3 9 Engineer Regiment from Kinloss in Scotland. Work is due to start on Monday after the weekend storms have passed.

Wildlife Trust plead for help to clean beach

Litter was washed up on the beach after recent storms Credit: Dorset Wildlife Trust

The Dorset Wildlife Trust is asking for help after a huge amount of litter was washed up onto Chesil Beach following recent storms.

The Chesil Beach Centre will be hosting a beach clean from 11am today to try to clear some of the litter. The DWT says much of the rubbish is dangerous to wildlife.

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Bin bags and sand helps to protect endangered bird

A programme to protect one of the West Country's most endangered species of bird has had some remarkable success.

It is all down to a few hanging basket liners and some sand.

The population of Little Terns on Chesil Beach in Dorset had been struggling to breed, until conservationists realised the birds were nesting in a very draughty spot.


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Moves to save Dorset's rare seabirds

Conservationists in Dorset are insulating the nests of one of Britain's rarest breeding sea birds hoping to reverse a dramatic fall in population numbers. The tiny colony of Little Terns on Chesil Beach is the only one in the South West.

The team fears draughts blowing through the pebbles on the beach make it too cold for the eggs to hatch.