Posts for Environment

‘Staycationers’ urged to be ‘Water Warriors’

New meanings to words develop all the time. Staycationing used to mean holidaying at home; now it means not a holiday abroad. Anyway, Staycationers are now being urged to become #WaterWarriors and make the right choices when visiting beaches, rivers and lakes this summer in a new Environment Agency campaign […]

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Yellow warning of thunderstorms

There is a yellow warning for thunderstorms this evening and into the weekend in the SW. From around 8 pm this evening, thunderstorms and heavy rain may lead to travel disruption and flooding. By Sunday, these should have moved east. There is also a yellow warning for wind today: strong […]

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Bude flood defence works … update

The Bude flood defence and river restoration scheme is a £2.1 million scheme to improve the existing flood alleviation scheme and restore the ecological potential of the River Neet between Whalesborough Weir and Pethericks Mill Nature Reserve. Bude has a long history of flooding from the River Neet and Bude […]

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Amber wildfire alert

From Devon & Cornwall Police: The Fire service have provided the following information regarding an increased risk of wildfires across the region: Most parts of the South West of England are on an AMBER wildfire alert. The peak is predicted to be on Friday with the Fire Severity Index as […]

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And next – a yellow warning for rain …

Yes, I know! We’ve had this mad heatwave, and next we get rain, though to be fair, we probably need it after this. Currently, we are still on an amber warning for extreme heat, with high UV. The extreme heat warning is due to expire for the southwest on Thursday […]

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New leisure centre, housing and parking for Barnstaple

North Devon Council is moving forward with its proposal to redevelop the current North Devon Leisure Centre site, as it submits a planning application for housing and a replacement car park at the site. In 2019 the council was awarded a £2.2m grant from the government’s Land Release Fund (LRF), […]

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Getting to grips with burial at Atlantic Rest

At the tender age of 58, I organised my first funeral, that of my mother, which I wrote about back in 2017. With my father’s Alzheimer’s and my brother’s early demise from Multiple System Atrophy, I was (and am) the remaining next of kin to sort out such things. It […]

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Public Health England heat alert for the weekend

From Public Health England: Much of England is forecast to experience very warm weather from Saturday night through to Tuesday morning. Dr Owen Landeg, Scientific and Technical Lead at PHE, said: Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for many people spells of warmer weather are […]

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The heatwave – impact in Bude

In Bude, it is a hot day, with max temperature said to be 23 degrees, according to the Met Office. Please bear in mind that dogs die in hot cars, and they burn their paws on hot ground, too (see below). Saturday’s max temperature is 27 degrees, while Sunday and […]

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Dartmoor Heritage Festival

Dartmoor National Park is celebrating the moor’s incredible archaeology and history with a special heritage festival where people can delve deeper into Dartmoor’s past. From 11 – 25 July the festival of walks and talks will cover a range of topics from fascinating finds to farming, and medieval to military […]

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Treworgie Barton holiday cottages sold

Acting on behalf of Motoring and Leisure Services Ltd, Flude Property Consultants (FPC) are delighted to have concluded the sale of Treworgie Barton; a farmhouse and 10 letting cottages in over 36 acres of Cornish countryside, near St Gennys, Bude. FPC acted jointly with Vickery Holman Property Consultants. Treworgie Barton […]

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Bude business shortlisted for rural award

A local Bude company is in the running to be named one of the best rural businesses in the UK after being shortlisted for a regional Rural Business Award in Innovation, which is great news. Bude manufacturer, Water Powered Technologies Ltd, based at King’s Hill,  will battle it out against […]

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Be careful when you walk cliffside

Just to mention a little ‘landfall’ on my dog walk this morning. These often happen when we have had dry weather followed by rain. However, what often follows is news of more major cliff falls, because the same problem arises at a greater level. The ground dries out and then […]

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Yellow warning of thunderstorms for Bude

Today, as previously reported, Bude has a yellow warning for rain, from around 3pm, where there is a 90% chance of precipitation until after midnight. Tomorrow, the warning remains in place with the addition of a thunderstorm/lightning warning. Scattered torrential thundery downpours may bring some impacts, such as flooded rural […]

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Yellow warning for rain

The Met Office is warning of rain in the SW, including Cornwall and Devon. Areas of persistent and sometimes heavy rain may lead to localised flooding and travel disruption. Timing is listed as between 14:00  on Sun 27 Jun 2021 and 07:00 on Mon 28 Jun 2021. More detail: persistent […]

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