Category Archives: Environment

Fly-tipping: a blot on the Torridge landscape.

The high number of fly tipping incidents continues to a be a problem in Torridge. During January to May 2024 there were 42 reports of fly tipped waste, which includes household waste, building rubble, domestic white goods, and clothes – … Continue reading

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‘Float to Live’.

With one in three people admitting that they do not know what to if they unexpectedly get into difficulty in the water, Active Torridge is supporting the RNLI’s ‘Float to Live’ campaign again this summer. According to the RNLI, on … Continue reading

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Dog restrictions at Westward Ho! until 30th September.

From the 1st of May to the 30th of September Torridge District Council will once again be introducing a restriction for dogs on sections of Westward Ho! beach and the promenade. The restriction helps create zoned usage areas on the … Continue reading

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Northam Burrows Rangers seek volunteers for Summer projects.

Volunteer recruitment is underway once again in Torridge for an exciting new programme of conservation projects. As well as helping to care for some of the region’s amazing country parks and nature reserves the volunteer days are also a great … Continue reading

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An update on BSG’s woodland project.

A couple of weeks ago we were able to do some clearing work on the woodland site next to the skate park, with help from Rose Roberts, the ranger from the Burrows. The help Rose had arranged was amazing! Many … Continue reading

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British Naturalists’ Association – local programme, 2024.

BRITISH NATURALISTS’ ASSOCIATION TAW AND EXMOOR BRANCH Local Secretary Brian Sims 9 Old Torrington Road Barnstaple North Devon EX31 2DD Tel: (01271) 343607 PROGRAMME TO JANUARY, 2025. PLEASE NOTE – PARTICIPATION AT ALL EVENTS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Sunday … Continue reading

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‘Upstream Thinking’ project has many benefits.

More than 40,000 native trees are being planted for farms and landowners to help reduce land run-off and improve natural water quality as part of South West Water’s catchment management programme, Upstream Thinking. The trees, which were provided by the … Continue reading

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Check the bathing water quality between May & September.

Regular testing of water quality by the Environment Agency is now underway at 150 designated bathing sites across Devon and Cornwall. High standards of water quality at swimming locations are important for people’s enjoyment of beaches and other beauty spots … Continue reading

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Explorer app for visitors to Northern Devon.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches sustainable tourism App for visitors to Northern Devon! North Devon UNESCO Biosphere have launched a new web app aimed at visitors and residents, to highlight the fantastic experiences available in the area, while helping to … Continue reading

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North Devon coast monographs.

     

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Recently seen at Westward Ho!

Ctenophores, known commonly as sea gooseberries or comb jellies. They are carnivorous predators in the Plankton. They eat zooplankton, fish eggs and fish larvae. They catch their prey with their sticky tentacles which they can retract when not feeding. Their … Continue reading

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Walking the Coast Path; Mouthmill.

This is a beach of contrasts. A stream idly trickles through football-sized boulders down to the sea, while soothing sweeps of light-brown sand provide a backdrop to jutting rock formations that point arrow-like towards the Atlantic. It’s a place for … Continue reading

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Beavering away for Bideford flood protection.

There are proposals under consideration for raising the level of the Kenwith Reservoir dam to give the necessary added protection from fluvial flooding resulting from anticipated climate change and the amount of new housing development in the catchment area. In … Continue reading

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Floods – policy versus practicality.

With flooding very much in the news last month this may be a good time to review the policy of the authorities on flood protection and the effect it is having on the vulnerable Northam Burrows. There are two major … Continue reading

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Crossing the Torridge – 11 bridges between Bideford & Torrington !

It’s surprising how they add up once you set out to count the bridges.! The oldest of course were the pack-horse bridges dating from around the 12th century of which there were three, Bideford, Rothern and Taddiport. All these show … Continue reading

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