Buglife, the invertebrate conservation trust, says up 75% of some of our most threatened bee species have been lost in some counties.
A warning that changes to farmer subsidies could see them struggle against their European counterparts
Concerns government must ensure reform of the common agricultural policy doesn't destroy important habitats
75% of the most threatened bee species have been lost to some of the region's counties.
A report by nature conservation charity Buglife says the large garden bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus) is still found in Gloucestershire and Somerset, but over the past 50 years has disappeared from Dorset and the far South West.
The increased use of pesticides and unpredictable weather have contributed to their decline.
Managers in charge of our National Parks in Devon say they're 'outraged' at planning changes, which could mean thousands of new houses on Dartmoor and Exmoor.
Unoccupied farm buildings could be converted into homes without the need for planning permission, which could change the face of the landscape. John Andrews reports.
Bosses at both National Parks in Devon say they're 'outraged' at planning changes which could mean thousands of new homes on Dartmoor and Exmoor.
Unoccupied farm buildings could be converted into homes without the need for planning permission. Kevin Bishop, from the National Park Authorities, says they're worried about the extra traffic, pressure on local schools, and other demands on local authorities.
The 100lb German aerial bomb was discovered by a hillwalker at Larksborough Ruin, two miles from the Exmoor village of Porlock on Sunday morning. Police cordoned off the area overnight until the Royal Navy's Explosives Ordnance Division arrived.
The bomb had been exposed by the recent rain. It was dropped onto the soft, marshy area during the war and had not exploded. The bomb experts destroyed it in a controlled explosion yesterday.
There's a battle brewing in the countryside following a Government decision to divert European subsidies away from payments to farmers, and spend them on environmental schemes instead.
But it seems the decision hasn't pleased anyone.
Farmers fear changing the subsidies could mean they struggle against their European counterparts.
But environmentalists say the decision doesn't go far enough to protect wildlife.
John Andrews has been assessing the potential impact of the changes.
The south west's small farmers are hoping for good news on grants today.
The government is expected to switch more money from the European Common Agricultural Policy to grants for looking after the landscape and wildlife.
The south west gets more money than any other region for so-called environmental stewardship schemes.
The ancient stone footbridge on Exmoor has been rebuilt. Some steps had been washed away just months after £10,000 had been spent repairing damage from previous flooding.
But local businesses are upset it took more than seven weeks to repair it and say trade has been badly damaged.