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Portuguese man o' war washes up on Cornish beach

A team of volunteers cleaning up a Cornish beach have stumbled upon a Portuguese man o'war.

The Friends of Portheras Cove found it on Thursday morning.

The Portuguese man o'war is actually a colony of different organisms Credit: Friends of Portheras Cove

"These hydrozoans (not jellyfish) have a powerful sting, so DO NOT TOUCH" the group said.

"Although rare in the UK, such strandings do happen from time to time, and we had a spate at the cove back in the autumn of 2012."

The team said a resident biologist identified the man o'war and removed it safely.


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.


Police dub seagull poisoning as 'cruel and unnecessary'

There's a been a new twist in the seagull saga after police in Dorset took to social media to label a seagull poisoning as "cruel and unnecessary".

Credit: Dorset Police

The Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis Safer Neighbourhood Team posted this photo on their social media account with the message 'Love them or loathe them. One of our resident seagulls near the Dorset Police station at Bridport (currently looking after its chick) is suffering following a suspected poisoning.'

The RSPCA were called to the bird, who agreed it had been poisoned. They are now looking after it.

All gulls, like other wild birds, are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it illegal to intentionally injure or kill any gull or to damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.

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