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  1. A mountain of animal feed at the Royal Portbury Dock

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    Video caption: Watch: Animal feed importers are one of the users of the Royal Portbury Dock in Bristol

    The boss of the Bristol Port Company says business is up since the Brexit vote. 

    Each year the port handles a quarter of all UK aviation fuel imports, it's handling more new cars than ever before, and is even receiving mountains of animal feed - as seen above.

    Emma Britton spent the morning there with her BBC Radio Bristol breakfast show - click below to listen again to the programme.

  2. Newspaper headlines around the West

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  3. Flood management project nomination 'brilliant news'

    Richard Spyvee

    Earlier we told you about a river project in Stroud which is in line to scoop a top award.

    Richard Spyvee (pictured) from the trust said it was "brilliant news".

    The natural flood management scheme is a joint project between Stroud District Council, the Environment Agency and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT).

    Quote Message: The hope is that similar schemes will be adopted nationwide and contribute to the mitigation of flood risks across the UK. from Richard Spyvee
    Richard Spyvee
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    Severe disruption: M5 Gloucestershire southbound

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    M5 Gloucestershire southbound severe disruption, between J10 for A4019 and J11 for A40 Golden Valley Bypass Gloucester.

    M5 Gloucestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J10, A4019 (Cheltenham) and J11, A40 (Gloucester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Paralympic dressage star Dunham retires

    Anne Dunham

    Ten-time Paralympic equestrian medallist Anne Dunham has announced her retirement following a 23-year career.

    The 68-year-old Wiltshire rider was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours list for services to para-sport, having received an MBE in 2009.

    She won five team gold medals at Paralympic Games since 1996, plus an individual gold in Beijing in 2008.

    "This has been a hard decision, but I know it is right. It's time to give others a chance," Dunham said.

  6. Blind runner's friend to guide her through Bath Half Marathon

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    Video caption: Watch: Helen McCann and Mandy Hatfield are running in the Bath Half Marathon

    Blindness has not stopped Helen McCann from taking part in this weekend's Bath Half Marathon. 

    Her friend Mandy Hutfield will run with her as her "guide runner". 

    The women, from Wookey in Somerset, are raising money for charity Guide Dogs. 

    Helen's guide dog Alfie will have to settle for the sidelines on this occasion.

  7. Crew tackling fire at recycling centre

    Recycling centre

    A fire at Priors Wood Recycling Centre in Taunton is being tackled by specialist crews.

    Five appliances plus an ariel ladder platform and water bowser were sent to the Crown Industrial Estate at 10.30am.

    There are reports of a number of areas of fire.  

    It's believed no-one needed to be evacuated from the site.

  8. Cathedral aiming to log its ancient graffiti

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    Video caption: Listen: Steve Dunn from Salisbury Cathedral talks to BBC Wiltshire's Mike Day

    One of Wiltshire's major tourist attractions is preparing to start graffiti tours. 

    The team at Salisbury Cathedral is aiming to log all of the ancient graffiti there over the next three years.

    They include basic marks to intricate drawings carved into the stonework. 

    BBC Wiltshire's Mike Day has been to meet Steve Dunn, the man in charge of the research.

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    Severe accident: A358 Somerset northbound

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    A358 Somerset northbound severe accident, between A378 and M5 J25.

    A358 Somerset - A358 in Thornfalcon closed and very slow traffic northbound between the A378 junction and Taunton, because of a serious accident. Police directing traffic.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. River project in line for top award

    Woody dam

    A flood defence project in Gloucestershire could scoop a top UK award for rivers.

    The natural flood management scheme, in the River Frome catchment above Stroud, has already won the "innovation project" category of the 2017 UK River Prize - the Oscars of the river world.

    The Stroud Rural Sustainable Drainage System could win the overall prize when the winner is announced next month.

    The joint project between Stroud District Council, the Environment Agency and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust includes the use of "large woody leaky dams", the excavation of dry ponds, and natural soakaways.

  11. Could there be fluffier dogs than this pair?

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    Video caption: Watch: These two Samoyed dogs are very fluffy indeed

    Liz Hunt's two Samoyeds might just be the fluffiest dogs in Wiltshire.

    The Samoyed is a large breed of herding dog, from the spitz group, with a thick, white, double-layer coat. 

    It takes its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia. 

    Liz is hoping for a first place finish for them in this year's Crufts.  

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    Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, at J16 for A3102.

    M4 Wiltshire - M4 lane blocked on exit slip road and heavy traffic eastbound at J16, A3102 (Swindon West), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  13. Tourists 'not bothered to pay £1' to stay overnight in Bath

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    Video caption: Watch: BBC reporter Martin Jones ask tourists if they'd pay £1 to stay overnight

    Tourists in Bath told BBC reporter Martin Jones they'd be happy to pay a small tourist tax to stay overnight in Bath. 

    Bath and North East Somerset Council is exploring the idea of charging visitors, but this would require a change in the law because current legislation means a taxation can't be enforced on tourists. 

  14. Bridges 'not fit' for heaviest lorries

    A lorry driving over a bridge

    More than 2,500 bridges across England are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a study has found

    The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges are not suitable for 44 tonne vehicles.

    Devon County Council has the highest number of substandard bridges with 249, followed by Somerset (210) and Essex (160). 

    Councils currently have plans to repair just 416 of them nationally, blaming a shortage of funds and a lack of skills.

  15. Tourist tax discussions ongoing

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    Video caption: Watch: Cllr Charles Gerrish on why he thinks Bath needs a tourist tax

    Discussions about a possible overnight tourist tax for Bath are ongoing among city councillors.

    Councillor Charles Gerrish, from Bath and North East Somerset Council, said they were "exploring the opportunity of initiating a tourist tax" which would be charged to visitors staying overnight in the city. 

    He said the council was in consultation with the government about a change in legislation because the current law means taxation could not be enforced on tourists. 

  16. £32m investment for M5

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    A £32m investment programme for the M5 motorway in the West has been announced by the government. 

    The money, which is part of a nationwide package of investment, will be spent on improving queuing and driver information between junctions 17 and 19, and 23 to 25. 

    The work is expected to be completed by spring 2020.

  17. Could beavers pose a threat to local farmers?

    Beaver in river

    The beavers will be released into a 16-acre fenced area along the Greathough Brook near Brierley. 

    It's hoped they will dam the stream creating new habitats for wildlife and slowing the flow of water to potentially reduce the flood risk around Lydbrook.

    In other areas of the UK where beavers live wild, farmers have complained of damage to their land. 

    Quote Message: The trial here is going to be fenced to stop boar getting in and stop the beavers getting out. The fence-line is going to be inspected on a very regular basis. We are well embedded on the public forest estate so there is, I would say, absolutely no chance of the beavers escaping, or if they do escape, getting out onto surrounding farmland. from Kevin Stannard Forestry Commission
    Kevin StannardForestry Commission
  18. A303 upgrade options to be discussed at consultation

    A303 near Sparkford

    People in south Somerset are being invited to a public consultation to discuss an upgrade of the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester.

    Highways England is considering two options for the road:

    1. Turn the stretch between Sparkford and Ilchester into dual carriageway
    2. Re-route the arterial road through open countryside 

    David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome has described the second proposal as "enormous and very serious" and said it could cause "irreparable damage to the landscape".

    The consultation event is being held at Davis Hall in West Camel today from 10am-6pm. 

    The overall consultation runs until the end of March.

  19. Reintroducing beavers 'promotes biodiversity'

    Beaver

    A family of beavers could be released into a fenced area of the Forest of Dean later this year as part of a three-year trial. 

    The Forestry Commission is finalising plans to introduce the animals to an area near Brierley, hoping they would dam the Greathough Brook and potentially reduce flood risk downstream.

    In Scotland, the release of Eurasian beavers in Argyll in 2009 was deemed so successful they were given protected status. 

    "Beavers promote biodiversity by creating new ponds and wetlands, which in turn provide valuable habitats for a wide range of other species," said the country's environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

  20. Homes Under the Hammer presenter joins BBC Wiltshire

    TV presenter Martin Roberts joins BBC Wiltshire this morning. 

    The Homes Under the Hammer presenter will host the morning show on Fridays for the next eight weeks.