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Hundreds expected to help rid Westcountry beaches of litter

Hundreds of volunteer litter-pickers will be helping to clean up the region's beaches this weekend. It's an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. More than 100 countries and regions worldwide are taking part.

The data collected will help keep up pressure on governments to act to reduce the amount of rubbish on beaches.

Hundreds expected to help clear litter from Westcountry beaches Credit: ITV Westcountry

Fears natural regional lanscapes could be lost

There's no doubt that the Westcountry has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. And when you know what you're looking for you can see clues which point to how people lived centuries ago.

In Roman times, the people of Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire lived in large villages and showed off their wealth with palatial villas. West of the Blackdown Hills in Devon and Cornwall they lived in smaller hamlets with a far less lavish lifestyle.

The evidence remains in the shape of the land today, but there's fears that these regional differences could be lost. Bob Cruwys reports.

'Hot Rocks' project hopes to tap into energy underground

A scheme to tap into the energy beneath our feet is being looked at by a new working party in Parliament. The 'hot rocks' project has been set up to promote ways of extracting natural heat from Cornwall's granite.

But a company, which has won planning permission for two test bore holes next to the Eden project, is struggling to raise the money. Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

Controversial waste incinerator gets go ahead in Glos

A contract for a controversial waste incinerator has been given the go ahead by Gloucestershire County Council. Company Urbaser Balfour Beatty has been awarded the contract to build the facility at Javelin Park near Harsfield in Gloucester.

But planning permission has yet to be granted for the incinerator which has been met with protests from local people.


Sharks tracked from Exeter

A group of sharks are being tracked by scientists at the University of Exeter

Scientists at the University of Exeter are tracking a group of sharks off the west coast of Scotland to learn more about their behaviour.

20 basking sharks have been tagged by researchers from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the university.

To track the basking sharks online go to

Decision expected on badger culling trials

A decision will made today at the Royal Courts of Justice on two proposed badger culling trials in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Badger culling trials are due to start later this year Credit: ITV West Country

The Badger Trust challenged DEFRA on the trials which are due to start later this summer. The culls are being proposed as a method of stopping the spread of TB.

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