Now here's some proof that the recent mild weather is having an effect on wildlife in the west country.
This photo of a red admiral was taken by a viewer in Sherborne in Dorset on 7 December. It may or may not be a sign of global warming but butterflies certainly seem to be responding to an increase in temperatures. Apparently, several species can regularly be spotted on sunny days in December.
A pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a car on the A30 near Sherborne.
The man, in his 40s, died at the scene. The driver of the car, a 32-year-old man from Yeovil, was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is not life-threatening.
Both carriageways of the A30 were closed between Babylon Hill and the A352 at Sherborne while emergency services dealt with the incident.
The A30 in Dorset is closed near Sherborne due to a serious accident.
The crash, involving a car and a pedestrian, happened on the westbound carriageway at around 1 am.
The stretch between Babylon Hill and the A352 is likely to be shut for a number of hours while police examine the scene. Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened.
It has been reported that two horses have been rescued from a swimming pool in west Dorset.
The unlikely pair made a splash in the back garden swimming pool in Duntish near Sherborne.
Dorset Fire and Rescue service were called to the scene just before 9am this morning.
The animals were safely rescued after a vet from the animal rescue team sedated the pair, so the firefighters could safely remove them from the pool.
Both horses are reported to be “recovering well”.
Two people were injured after their car left the road and crashed into the side of house on Castle Road in Sherborne. It happened yesterday (Sunday August 9th) just before midday.
Firefighters used blocks and a winch to stabilise the car and release the two casualties. Their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.
A global sailing event held in memory of Dorset sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson has been declared a world record.
More than 30,000 people from 60 countries took part in 'Bart's Bash', which was held to raise money for his Foundation.
The Olympic gold medallist from Sherborne died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup.
A post mortem report has revealed that the Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson from Sherborne in Dorset died from blunt trauma with drowning.
Mr Simpson won a silver medal at the Olympics last year.
He was killed while training for the America's Cup in San Francisco in May.
The city's Chief Medical Examiner found extensive bruises to his head and neck.
The boat he was on broke in two and capsized. He was trapped beneath the wreckage.
It's been announced that supermarket giant Tesco will NOT be submitting an application for a store in Sherborne.
It follows a huge campaign against the plans. People there said it would ruin the High Street and destroy independent businesses. Tesco say it was planning issues, and not just protesters, that drove the decision.
The supermarket giant Tesco will not be submitting an application for a superstore in Sherborne.
It follows a huge campaign in the Dorset town against the plans. People said that the supermarket would ruin the High Street and destroy many well established independent businesses.
Tesco says it was planning issues - not protesters that drove the decision.