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These feral kittens were among 10 found on a farm in East Devon who now have new homes, prompting celebrations from Honiton animal sanctuary volunteers. The Cats Protection Honiton branch stepped in to help set some humane traps when a farmer called the charity after spotting three young kittens and some feral cats on land outside Monkton. The branch praised the farm owner for contacting the charity quickly, and as a result 16 cats and 10 kittens were neutered – some found new homes and others were returned. When three young kittens and some feral adults were seen around the…

One of the UK’s rarest fungi, which looks like an underwater coral, has been unexpectedly found in woodland in Sidmouth The violet coral, Clavaria zollingeri, was recently discovered by one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s conservation officers, Helen Cavilla, at Paccombe Farm, Sidmouth. The sighting is only the second time this fungus has been recorded in Devon, while other records show finds across just a handful of UK sites. The rare find was spotted in a broadleaved woodland which is managed by the charity’s conservation team. Helen Cavilla said: “I spotted something looking oddly like it was from an aquarium nestled amongst moss…

A free course is being held in East Devon in January in a bid to tackle regional farming and woodland management skills shortages. Bicton College is hosting the eight-week course, boosting farmland and woodland management. The Train4Tomorrow course is a government-funded programme supporting adults with free training in the South West, in a bid to develop the in-demand skills required by industry. In January Bicton College is running an eight-week Agri-Tech Woodland Management course. There are no set entry requirements to take part, and the course is completely free. Students over the age of 19 with an interest in forestry…

A ‘suspicious’ white transit van seen in the Budleigh Salterton area, on the hunt for scrap metal, has prompted police to warn East Devon residents. Devon and Cornwall Police said a white twin cab Ford Transit van with black sides and sign writing was spotted driving into the entrance of a farm in the Knowle area, slowly scanning the property, then leaving. The vehicle was seen at 12.50pm on Wednesday, November 10, said police. Colin Balch, PCSO based at Exmouth, said no offence was committed, but urged the public to be aware of the ‘suspicious circumstances’. He said: “Police would…

The successful reintroduction of beavers into the wild in East Devon has prompted a call for the return of the animals to rivers across England. The Back a Beaver campaign is being championed by the Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) in a bid to push the Government to agree UK-wide support for the animals. The Devon Wildlife Trust is urging East Devon residents to show support for the animals by taking part in the Government’s public consultation, ahead of the November 17 deadline. Mark Elliott, who has been part of Devon Wildlife Trust’s beaver work since the start, said: “Beavers once…

Flooding to low-lying land and roads near the River Clyst, in East Devon, is expected to continue throughout Monday (November 1) prompted by heavy rain and showers. The Environment Agency (EA) said the Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries ‘will remain high’ after heavy overnight rain fell on Sunday, and strong showers continued on Monday. An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Over the last 72 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the East Devon area and further heavy showers are expected. “This will mean that the Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries will remain high. “Levels suggest that there will…

The Environment Agency (EA) on Friday (October 29) warned of deep flooding in areas of East Devon after a night over heavy overnight rain. Rain falling into the River Clyst area on Thursday night into Friday morning caused water levels to rise, and prompted the EA to warn of flooding to roads. The Environment Agency said there was ‘likely’ to be deep road flooding in the Burrow, Broadclyst Bridge, Clyston Mill, Dymond’s Farm and Sowton Barton areas and flooding to properties and farms between Clyst St. Mary and Topsham, including Newcourt Barton and Cotts Farm. Broadclyst and Clyst St. Mary,…

Firefighters from Colyton have urged motorists to drive with care along narrow lanes after two cars crashed in East Devon. The fire crew was on Sunday (October 24) called to a rural single-track lane leading from Colyton to Farway, in East Devon, after two cars crashed. Firefighters said no one involved was injured in the collision. A spokesperson for Colyton Fire Station said: “Colyton firefighters attended a collision between two cars on a rural road. Luckily no one was injured.” The spokesperson added: “We advise people to drive carefully in the narrow lanes.” East Devon crash: police appeal for witnesses…

A flood warning remains in place for areas of East Devon after heavy rainfall on Wednesday night (October 20) caused river levels to rise. The Environment Agency (EA) said while river levels would fall throughout Thursday (October 21) a flood warning remained in place for areas between Broadclyst and Clyst St. Mary, including Broadclyst, Ashclyst, Clyston Mill, Sowton Barton, Newcourt Barton, the A3052 at Clyst Honiton, and the B3181 at Broadclyst. Areas in Seaton, Colyton, Axminster and Axmouth, close to the River Axe, are under flood alert, as low-lying land in the floodplain and roads close to the river could…

An energy firm keen to build a solar farm in the East Devon countryside is holding a public consultation in Whimple on Wednesday, October 20. Aura Power is proposing to develop a solar farm on land north of Whimple, generating enough energy to annually power the equivalent of 12,000 homes or 18,000 electric vehicles. Residents, Councillors and business owners are invited to have their say about Horton Solar Farm at a public exhibition being held on October 20, from 5.30pm until 8.30pm, at Whimple Victory Hall, where questions and feedback are invited ahead of Aura submitting a planning application. The…

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