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Exmoor activity centre celebrates 20th anniversary

Calvert Trust celebrates 20th anniversary Credit: ITV News

For two decades an activity centre in North Devon has been demonstrating that physical disability is no barrier to enjoying pursuits as diverse as canoeing, archery and abseiling. The Calvert Trust on Exmoor is celebrating it's twentieth anniversary having helped thousands of young people to experience outdoor activities they'd been told they could never do.

"The school's not been here for a long while and it's great to come back and the children are just beaming the whole time and we really can see their confidence grow as the week progresses."

– Mel Walton, Mary Rose Academy, Portsmouth

You can watch our following report on the centre from Seth Conway:

Rescue teams from Exmoor, Cornwall and Dartmoor assist in flood rescue

Water levels were so high in Hebden Bridge they reached a cash machine at this Co-op Credit: PA

Rescue teams from Exmoor, Cornwall and Dartmoor prepare to head north to help in the rescue operation in the north of England after "unprecedented" levels of flooding.

Hundreds have been forced from their homes with York one of the worst hit areas with two dozen severe flood warnings, meaning there is a danger to life.

Rising waters continue to overwhelm flood defences in Lancashire and Greater Manchester where a month's worth of rainfall fell in a day leaving thousands of homes were left without power.

A woman is waist deep in water in Calderdale, West Yorkshire Credit: ITV News

Exmoor 'Pony Whisperer' calls for action to protect breed

Dawn Westcott amongst her Exmoor Pony herd. Credit: Nick Westcott

A woman known as the Exmoor Pony whisperer is calling for more action to protect what is an endangered breed.

Dawn Westcott says anyone can learn the techniques she has developed to build a bond with these wild animals.

She told our reporter Bob Cruwys something of her methods.

Dawn runs The Moorland Exmoor Foal Project with her husband Nick and believes the techniques she's developed can help protect this endangered Exmoor icon.

Dawn Westcott is known as the Exmoor Pony whisperer. Credit: Nick Westcott

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Rare butterfly coming back to the West

The Heath Fritillary is one of the rarest butterflies in the country. Credit: Iain Leach

One of the UK's rarest butterflies is making a comeback thanks to a new site in Exmoor National Park.

The Heath Fritillary has multiplied in numbers, thanks to work by the Park Authority to create suitable coppice clearings in nearby areas

New stamps honour the West's most iconic bridges

Two of the West's most iconic bridges have been honoured in a new set of stamps by the Royal Mail.

They celebrate the huge leaps in engineering made over the last few centuries:

Do you recognise these bridges? Credit: Royal Mail Group
Tarr Steps, River Barle, Exmoor Credit: Royal Mail Group
Pulteney Bridge, River Avon, Bath Credit: Royal Mail Group

Exmoor ponies arrive in Czech Republic for breeding

Exmoor ponies are an endangered breed Credit: ITV News

Ponies are synonymous with our national parks and while numbers of some are increasing, others face dying out.

One endangered breed is the Exmoor mare which is in particular danger. But in a new conservation project 14 ponies have been shipped to the Czech Republic for a breeding programme which aims to increase their numbers.

They will be living in a 40 hectare pasture on a site of a former military base where there progress will be carefully monitored.

If the breeding proves successful more will be sent to other locations across Europe.

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