Posts for Environment

Ban sale of cheap polystyrene bodyboards – petition

From Devon County Council: According to the Keep Britain Tidy report, over 16,000 cheap polystyrene bodyboards are discarded on UK beaches annually. These boards often snap and become unusable within minutes of use. When discarded, polystyrene crumbles into small white polystyrene balls, threatening our natural environment. These boards are made […]

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Funding for community projects in Bude & Launceston

We’ve mentioned these before but here is the official version from Cornwall Council: Community projects in Launceston and Bude aimed at promoting a greener world are set to benefit through grants delivered by Cornwall Council. As announced in January, 14 projects around Cornwall have been given funding from a new Council scheme. The Community Infrastructure Levy Fund is backing projects that support low-carbon […]

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Longer days – roll on spring …

I’m sure there is news if I want to spend Sunday morning finding it, but instead I thought I’d report that the dawn chorus here started at 6.41 am, which is the earliest yet. Blackbirds are already hopping around as the daytime search for food presumably starts. A collared dove […]

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Flood alert – Upper River Tamar

  Flooding is possible throughout today, Saturday 20th February and into Sunday in the Upper River Tamar area: Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water, Launceston and Yeolmbridge Persistent overnight rain has caused river levels to rise, and are expected to remain high throughout the day. Further rainfall is forecast to continue […]

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Yet another gorse fire

Calls were received late last night, alerting emergency services to a fire at Millpool, Bodmin. Resources from Wadebridge, Lostwithiel, Bodmin, Delabole, St Columb, and St Dennis attended and were greeted with a 3 mile front of high grass and gorse on fire. Wadebridge Fire Crew tweeted: “Firefighters have spent the […]

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Emergency appeal to restore wildlife area after arson attack

The recent arson attack at Rosenannon Nature Reserve between Wadebridge and St Columb destroyed more than 25% of the reserve, over 20 hectares,  according to Cornwall Wildlife Trust, which has set up an emergency appeal. They say: Over 20 hectares, which was rich in wildlife and a globally important habitat, […]

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Weather warning for SW

The Met Office says outbreaks of rain and snow are likely to spread erratically east during Thursday night, bringing some small snow accumulations and icy patches, before conditions improve during Friday morning as temperatures rise and rain and snow eases. Snow will fall inland, with accumulations of 1-3 cm in […]

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Cornish gorse fires – arson suspected

It may be winter outside but it has been a time for firefighters in parts of Cornwall to tackle gorse fires. Cornwall Fire Service reports that yesterday they received in excess of 80 calls reporting a large fire on the moor between Wadebridge and St Columb around 10 pm last […]

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Coastguard warns people to keep away from cliffs

HM Coastguard is warning people to stay well away from cliff edges and the bottom of cliffs following a spate of recent rainy weather resulting in unstable areas near the coast and sea. At Whipsiderry Beach near Newquay, Cornwall there was a cliff fall on Sunday (7th February). Sadly, the […]

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Fixed penalties for dumping PPE

From Cornwall Council: Cornwall Council is urging residents to make sure used items of personal protective equipment (PPE) go in the bin – or you could face a £150 fixed penalty notice. In recent months, the Council has received lots of reports about PPE being discarded on streets, beaches, green […]

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New plans submitted for Bude’s former bus depot

A new proposal has been submitted to Cornwall Council to develop the former bus depot (previously, plans were submitted for a Travelodge). Former Bus Garage And Depository Buildings Lansdown Road Bude Cornwall EX23 8BN Proposal Demolition of former furniture depository and former bus garage buildings and erection of five town […]

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2 Minute Foundation sets up 3 ton challenge

The iInternationally recognised environmental charity, The 2 Minute Foundation, recently announced that they have made “a breakthrough in beach cleaning” by turning low grade waste collected on litter picks into litter picking Stations. It takes 3 tons of litter to create 100 Stations, so The 2 Minute Foundation HQ team […]

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G7 policing will be a “significant challenge”

From Devon & Cornwall Police: A major operation is underway to plan the policing and security response to the G7 Summit in Cornwall this year at Carbis Bay, St Ives, between 11 and 13 June. While G7 2021 is hosted and led by UK Government, responsibility for security and policing has […]

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Flood alert – Upper River Tamar

From the Environment Agency: Flooding is possible today, Wednesday 20th January. Over the last 12 hours we have seen heavy rainfall and the River Tamar levels have risen. Further heavy rain is forecast today from around 4pm and into the evening before clearing overnight. In response, river levels will rise […]

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3 Bude projects receive ‘greener living’ funding

From Cornwall Council: A total of 14 projects aiming to boost greener living around Cornwall have been given funding from a new Cornwall Council scheme, including 3 projects from Bude. Back in the summer the Council launched the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund, with the aim of handing out grants to projects […]

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