Posts for Environment

Budehaven students take part in World Ocean Day

From Budehaven’s Facebook page (used with permission): On Friday 8th June, Year 8 students from Budehaven Community School visited Summerleaze Beach to take part in the huge World Ocean Day Festival being hosted in the dunes. World Ocean Day is a coordinated approach towards marine conservation and eradication of marine […]

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Detox your life – take on the plastic challenge

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) reckons we will have more plastic than fish (by weight) in our seas by 2050, as our reliance on plastic in all its forms becomes increasingly clear, something about which people around Bude are already very aware. Many other places are less informed. To be […]

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Exeter Uni tagged a turtle – see how far it has travelled

A turtle tagged by University of Exeter scientists in Brazil has swum thousands of miles – and is now in the waters of a UK overseas territory. The female leatherback turtle, nicknamed Fubica, is exploring the seas off Tristan Da Cunha, a remote group of volcanic islands in the South […]

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Gove and Mann talk about expanding the blue belt

The Government announced on World Oceans Day that Cornwall and the South West is earmarked to get 18 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) to expand the Blue Belt and protect marine wildlife. Since 2013, 50 MCZs have been created around UK waters including nine in Cornwall. As set out today in […]

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PM awards Bude’s Martin for his outstanding contribution

The Prime Minister has this week recognised Bude’s Martin Dorey for his voluntary work promoting marine conservation. Martin is making it quick and easy for large numbers of people to get involved in cleaning up our seas. He is the founder of the non-profit Beach Clean Network and the originator […]

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Consultation on Marine Conservation Zones

The announcement that the designation of 41 proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) for English waters will be open to public consultation over the next six weeks has been welcomed by the UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). However, the charity says that designation is only the first […]

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Cornish business gets involved in clean clean

Kensa Heat Pumps, the Truro-based manufacturer of renewable technology ground source heat pumps, showed its support for the local community and World Environment Day (5th June 2018) by sponsoring and litter picking its way across Par beach’s golden sands as part of a community clean-up initiative to improve Cornwall’s beaches […]

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Exeter research highlights turtle deaths through fishing

We are right to be concerned about sea pollution and plastics but small-scale fishing in som e parts of the globe is also a problem. For tens of thousands of sea turtles are caught each year by small-scale fishers off South America’s Pacific coast, new research shows. Surveys at 43 harbours in […]

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AONB BioBlitz at Northam County Park

Northam Burrows Country Park is gearing up for a BioBlitz on Friday the 15th of June from 9am-5pm. This event will involve a series of guided walks and other activities that will run throughout the day, and a special basecamp is being set up at the visitor centre, where environmental organisations will have […]

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Prawns have personalities – who knew?

Prawns have personalities – and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research from Exeter University shows. Scientists from the University studied rockpool prawns (Palaemon elegans) and found some were consistently shy, while others were bolder. But this bravery may come at a cost – as the […]

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Dogs on beaches – your response

The dog ban on beaches article I shared on Facebook from Cornwall Live has attracted quite a response, both for and against the ban. The answer is maybe to have dog-free areas so that all can enjoy the beaches. Then there are horses? BBQs can be a menace, too.   […]

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Are Cornish people lazy about their rubbish?

Well, according to Cornwall Live, the answer is yes. Too many people put their rubbish bags out the night before collection and the gulls have a ball. To be fair, this isn’t just Cornwall. It happens everywhere unless there is a wheelie bin service. Urban areas are prey to foxes, […]

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Virtual safe space to help bumblebees

The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a “virtual safe space” created by scientists at the University of Exeter. Bumble-BEEHAVE provides a computer simulation of how colonies will develop and react to multiple factors including pesticides, parasites and habitat loss. The tool lets researchers, farmers, policymakers and other […]

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No changes to balloon/lantern legislation

Recently there was a petition started to ban balloons and sky/Chinese lantern releases. It achieved nearly 27 thousand signatures. The government has responded with a big fat no. DEFRA says: The Government considers the current regulatory regime, supported by existing information and guidance, is effective and proportionate. There is no […]

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Blue flag Devon at Westward Ho!

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards. This includes awards to Torridge District Council’s Westward Ho! beach. Westward Ho! joins the […]

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