Environmental groups from the West Country have criticised the government over plans to limit the number of areas where marine life is protected. Today a framed copy of a petition with quarter of a million signatures was handed in to Parliament by wildlife groups from across the country.
It asks Ministers to create more marine conservation areas around our coasts. Only a quarter of those proposed will be recognised this year. Environment Minister Richard Benyon says more zones may be added later, and that the government is starting with those areas that have the strongest case.
Schoolchildren in Somerset have stepped in to give bees a helping hand.
The insects are in decline, so armed with trowels, 30 children from Calcott Primary near Bridgewater took to the bogs of the Somerset Levels to plant the insects' favourite flowers.
Campaigners are waiting to hear if they've won their fight to prevent asbestos being dumped in Stowey Quarry near Chew Valley. A decision is due over plans for the site, which have been met with strong opposition. Local people say it could contaminate the area's water supply.
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Work is underway on Europe's largest elephant sanctuary, being built at Noah's Ark near Wraxall in Somerset. It's hoped the 20 acre enclosure will open next summer. It's not the only elephant sanctuary being built in the area. Eli-Louise Wringe reports.
Noah's Ark near Wraxall plans to open a 20 acre elephant enclosure next summer. The RSPCA has spoken out against the plans.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
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.
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.