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Dorset golf club that inspired the Ryder Cup

Sam Ryder is thought to have had the idea for the Ryder Cup competition playing golf in Dorset Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Ryder Cup gets underway today but if it wasn't for a golf course in Dorset, it might never have happened.

Sam Ryder used to play at the Came Down Golf Club between Dorchester and Weymouth in the 1920s and it's thought that was where the idea was born.

UKIP Leader says they have strong support in the SW

Nigel Farage says he can win more seats in the South West Credit: PA

UKIP is holding its annual conference in Doncaster today and the party leader says he can win more seats in the West Country.

Nigel Farage says the party will be targeting resources on areas where it has the best chance of success in next year's general election. He says the European elections - when UKIP retained two MEPs in the region - showed there is strong support in the south west.

Big increase in stray dogs in the South West

The number of stray dogs in the South West has risen by almost 40% according to figures released today by the Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity. That's the biggest increase anywhere in England and Wales.

The South West figures buck the trend nationally where there has been a 1% fall in the number of dogs going missing.

South West shows a 39.5% increase in strays Credit: Dogs Trust

South West figures:

  • 2013 - 2798 strays
  • 2014 - 3902 strays
  • Percentage increase = 39.5%

“The number of instances of straying on our streets is declining, but we still have a significant job to do when it comes to raising awareness about responsible dog ownership. Owners are unsure of who to reach out to and how much time they have to recover their dog should he or she go missing. Microchipping not only helps speed up the process of reuniting an owner with their dog, it is also significantly reducing the number of strays overall.

– Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Chief Executive of Dogs Trust
  • 29% of dog owners have lost their dog at least once during their pet’s lifetime
  • 72% of dog owners are unaware that they only have seven days to recover a missing dog from a Local Authority before he/she is rehomed or potentially put to sleep
  • An estimated 7,805 strays reluctantly put to sleep by Local Authorities this year – which equates to 21 a day
  • Microchips accounted for 10,084 reunions this year

Fishing delegation from Dorset heads to US

Scallops are put in a pot on board the fishing boat Credit: ITV Westcountry

A pioneering partnership between fishermen and conservationists in Lyme Bay is sharing ideas with the Americans.

A delegation is heading to California next month. It includes scallop diver John Shuker as well as fishery managers and advisers.

They hope to learn how others protect stocks but maintain livelihoods.

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Number of stray dogs soars in the West Country

The number of stray dogs has soared in the West Country Credit: PA

The number of stray dogs found in the region has gone up nearly 40% in the past year.

Figures from the charity the Dogs Trust show that 3,900 strays were taken in by local authorities in the west country in the year to September.

Cornwall Council says since April its dog team has taken in more than 650.

Wildlife training scheme wins £830,000 lottery grant

Wildlife skills trainees have a go at strimming Credit: Beth Aucott

A scheme that offers training in wildlife skills has won a £830,000 lottery grant.

The money will finance almost 50 placements with the region's Wildlife Trusts. The course includes formal qualifications and is aimed at providing young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities in the field of conservation.

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