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Nest boxes helping barn owls 'thrive' in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

Barn owl chick
National Trust

Conservationists say barn owls are thriving in parts of Cornwall, partly thanks to nest boxes installed in barns and outbuildings.

The National Trust is working with a team of volunteers to monitor activity and check that the boxes are set up properly.

The Cornwall Ringing Group has official licences permitting it members to inspect the boxes and ring the chicks.

You can listen here about how efforts to cultivate better habitats and install nest boxes for barn owls in west Cornwall are proving a success.

'Be water smart' call after dry winter and spring

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Resident and holidaymakers in the South West are being asked to be "water smart" by regional utility South West Water (SWW).

SWW said its total reservoir storage was currently about 73%, compared to 75% at the same time last year, "reflecting the relatively dry winter and spring".

Head of Water Resources Rob Scarrott said: “Even though it often seems to rain a lot, the South West has actually had the second lowest amount of rainfall in the UK over the last six months.

“We have no immediate concerns, but we expect demand for water to increase as we head into the peak summer season."

The company provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.

Drift reservoir, Cornwall
BBC

Thunderstorm warning issued for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A thunderstorm is expected to hit Devon and parts of east Cornwall on Tuesday evening.

The Met Office has issued a warning of scattered thunderstorms moving north moving north from 18:00 which "could lead to some power cuts and travel delays".

Thunderstorm warning
Met Office

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny before heavy showers

BBC Weather

A largely dry Tuesday, with cloud quickly clearing to leave it sunny and very warm for much of the day.

Weather
BBC

By the evening, some heavy showers and thunderstorms will spread from the south west.

Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).

High surf warning on north Cornwall coast

BBC Radio Cornwall

Beach goers and surfers in Cornwall are being advised to take extra care on Tuesday because of a warning of high surf.

It is predicted there'll be breaking waves of more than 2m on exposed parts of the north coast.

The advice is only to swim and surf on a beach with lifeguards.

Surfer
Andrew Segal

Devon & Cornwall weather: Warm and heavy showers possible

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Weather
BBC

It will be remaining dry through Monday night with cloud building and turning rather misty in places.

Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

It will be a mainly dry day on Tuesday, with cloud clearing to leave it sunny and warm for most of the day.

There is the chance that some heavy showers will spread from the south west later in the day.

Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).

Campaigners appealing for increased seal protection

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

dog biting seal
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

A report entitled: "Please Do Not Disturb! - issues of seal disturbance in the United Kingdom" has highlighted the impact human activity is having on their populations, the Seal Protection Action Group has reported.

Funded by the group and the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust for The Seal Alliance, the report documents case studies around the British coast where the protected animals are suffering.

Researchers found evidence seal populations were suffering disturbance from human intrusion, both accidental and deliberate, through recreational activities as well as tourism.

The report warned repeated disturbances could do serious harm to individual animals through stress or serious injury.

Campaigners said they would also like to see more protection of essential habitats for seals.

Our seals are under increasing threat from deliberate killing, climate change, over-fishing, toxic pollution, entanglement in nets, ingestion of plastic and serious injury from collisions with vessels."

Andy OttawaySeal Protection Action Group
Seals on rocks
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

Penitent protesters highlight 'fast fashion'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

penitent protesters
BBC

Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered in Truro on Saturday to object to fashion industry practices that they claimed were environmentally damaging.

Some of those involved dressed as penitents, a medieval Christian order who sought to absolve themselves of sin by taking on various penances.

protest march
BBC

The purpose of the protest was to highlight the damage caused by "fast fashion", the practice of mass producing cheap, disposable clothing, organisers said.

Such clothes have become a focal point for environmental campaigners, who wish to highlight how consumers can change their behavior, reduce their carbon footprint and prevent waste.

protesters
BBC

Pedestrians trapped in Cornwall level crossing

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

railway footbridge
BBC

Calls for a new railway footbridge at Lostwithiel in Cornwall have been heightened after pedestrians got trapped inside the barriers at the town's level crossing which has shops on one side and many homes on the other.

About 12 people waited at the crossing one recent Friday and when the barriers came up they duly walked forward and with no warning the barriers came straight down again. Some ran to get underneath them while others were stuck.

They called for help and the gates were opened just moments before a train passed.

Network Rail apologised and said it was assuring people that anyone on the level crossing remained safe.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud mist clearing for sun

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

weather map
BBC

It will be a cloudy, breezy and misty start to Monday, with some local drizzle.

Throughout the day, it will become dry and warmer with spells of sunshine and winds will ease.

Maximum temperature: 22 to 25C (72 to 77F)

Devon and Cornwall weather: Scattered showers overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Tonight, outbreaks of rain will stop as some clearer periods develop, but there will also be a few scattered showers moving in from the west.

Strong southwesterly winds will ease during the night.

Minimum temperature:13 to 16C (55 to 61F)

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BBC

Saturday, there will be showers during the morning and some are likely to be heavy before they clear away for the afternoon and sunny spells develop more widely by evening.

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will turn to the northwest and ease during the day.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F)

Devon and Cornwall weather: Thundery showers and a fresh breeze

BBC Weather

Weather
BBC

Friday will be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind. The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder.

The evening will stay cloudy and wet for a time with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy. However, the rain should ease by dawn.

Temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

South West heavy rain 'could impact driving conditions'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Heavy rain and possible thunder could cause problems for drivers in the South West on Friday morning, the Met Office has warned.

Traffic is expected to be busy on roads in the region for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

The Met Office said: "On Friday morning heavy rain, which could impact driving conditions in Wales and South West England, will soon spread north-eastwards reaching southern Scotland later."

It said more wet weather later on Friday "will leave parts of southern and southwestern England quite wet during the evening rush hour".

Weather map
Met Office

Urine 'not a treatment' for weever fish stings, RNLI says

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RNLI is again warning people not to treat weever fish and jellyfish stings with urine.

Weever fish
Getty Images

The urban myth continues, even though the treatment is actually hot water.

The warning comes ahead of the summer holidays.

Sex offenders 'facing a lack of rehab and monitoring'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

A child sex offender who’s recently been released from prison and is looking to find a home in the South West, says chaotic living arrangements and a lack of help have increased the risk of him reoffending.

There are also concerns about the level of monitoring by the police.

A freedom of information request by the BBC revealed that each specialist officer in Devon and Cornwall has been assigned 60 sex offenders - when national guidance recommends a maximum of 50.

Diane Wills is from the South West charity, Circles...

The government says it's spending £6m helping vulnerable former prisoners find stable accommodation.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry and sunny with showers

BBC Weather

Most of today will be dry with sunny spells, however there will be the chance of a few showers bubbling up at times.

Feeling a little fresher than Wednesday with a light to moderate westerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

weather map
BBC
Cornwall barrel jellyfish: Essex diver has 'unbelievable experience'
A chance encounter with Britain's largest jellyfish was "absolutely stunning", says diver.

The view from St Michael's Mount

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

You've probably seen hundreds of photos of last night's lunar eclipse, but none will be quite like this one.

Aaron Jenkin managed to get this stunning shot of the astronomical event over St Michael's Mount.

You could even say this photo "eclipses" others... sorry.

Eclipse over St Michael's Mount
Aaron Jenkin

Lunar eclipse marks 50th anniversary of moon landings

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Skywatchers across the UK have witnessed a partial lunar eclipse, 50 years to the day since the US mission to put men on the Moon lifted off.

The surface of Earth's satellite appeared red or dark grey at the height of the eclipse at about 22:30 BST.

These photos were taken at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, a large radiocommunication site which would have beamed the Moon landings to millions of TV viewers in the UK in 1969.

Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live
Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth crosses between the Sun and Moon - casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live

The Apollo 11 mission carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off on 16 July 1969.

Four days later Armstrong became the first man to step on to the Moon's surface.

Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live

Devon and Cornwall weather: A mostly dry and sunny day

BBC Weather

It will be a dry morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

Maximum temperature: 22C (71F).

weather map
BBC

South west has lowest unemployment rate

BBC Business News

The south west region continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment in the country at 2.6%.

Unemployment across the UK was 3.8% between March and May 2019. The rate is at its lowest since late 1974.

It was highest in the North East at 5.6% which saw no change on the previous quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures also showed wage growth in the UK was 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest growth rate since 2008.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49002056

Unemployment graph
BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers fading but may return

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Any showers should fade on Monday evening to leave it dry in the night with mostly clear skies and light winds.

Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

Weather
BBC

After a fine and sunny start to Tuesday, there will once again be a risk of a few showers during the late morning and afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Taking the lead: Recruitment drive for more therapy dogs

Janine Jansen

BBC Spotlight

There's a big recruitment drive in the South West for more volunteers with therapy dogs.

The charity Pets as Therapy currently has more than 250 canines working in the region.

Patients at Torbay Hospital's intensive care unit get regular visits from the charity volunteers and their pets.

Matthew Robinson works for the charity...

'Slight increase' in Cornish football abuse complaints

BBC Radio Cornwall

There has been a "slight increase" in the number of cases of discrimination reported to the Cornwall Football Association (CFA), it has confirmed.

There have been seven incidents reported so far in 2019, with issues taking place both on and off the field. The cases cover areas such as gender, sexuality and race.

Richard Pallow, the governance manager for the CFA, described the number as a "fairly average amount".

But he added he believed the rise was because people were "more confident" about coming forward to report incidents like racism, homophobia or online abuse.

'Concerning' number of cat poisonings in Cornish village

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

There have been a "concerning" series of unexplained cat deaths in a Cornish village, according to local police.

The main theory of the deaths is poisoning by anti-freeze, but Devon and Cornwall Police said there is no evidence of a crime having taken place in Gunnislake.

A police spokesperson said that it was likely the cats have been "exposed to an unexplained source of ethylene glycol, often found in coolant, antifreeze and other such items".

They have consulted with local vets and are appealing for information.

The deaths have angered residents.

Cat
BBC

What are they doing about it? My grandkids have lost three since November. The only one left is pining away, bald in places. Someone is wicked."

Gunnislake resident

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

Weather
BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

Weather
BBC
Giant jellyfish spotted off Cornwall coast
The huge barrel jellyfish, as big as a human, was seen off the coast of Cornwall.

Hospital boss says tackling '21st century needs in a 1948 system'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) says they are "trying to deal with 21st century health needs in a 1948 health system".

A "critical incident" was declared at Treliske hospital on Tuesday as it struggled under "extreme pressures".

hospital
BBC

That status was removed yesterday, but Kate Shields says the hospital is still experiencing high levels of demand.

When asked who was to blame for the crisis, Ms Shields referred to 1948 - the year the NHS was created.

We definitely need to work more closely together as different organisations...but I also think that we need to support general practice around intervening earlier. We are fortunate in Cornwall that people are living longer, but they do have a multitude of health and social care needs, and we need to support people in communities to look after their own. It's not that there's anybody to blame, we're probably just not moving fast enough to keep up with the people who need looking after."

Kate ShieldsChief Executive, RCHT

People are being urged to seek advice from their GP, pharmacist of the NHS 111 service.

Patients can also visit one of the local minor injury units at Bodmin, Falmouth, Redruth, Launcester, Liskeard, Newquay, St Austell, St Mary's, Stratton, and Bude, or the urgency treatment centre at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance.

Royal Cornwall Hospital remains under pressure

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

hospital
BBC

People are being reminded to only go to the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCHT) if their condition is life-threatening.

Advice on alternative ways of receiving treatment is available here.

It's been a difficult week for RCHT, which declared a critical incident on Tuesday.

The critical incident status has now been stepped down but the hospital remains under pressure.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be a dry day and, although a little cloudy at times, there will be some longer sunny spells developing.

Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher at times towards the north coast and the far west.

Maximum: 22C (72F)

weather
BBC

RCHT critical incident: 'Much better'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Conditions at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are "much better" says Susan Bracefield, director of operations at RCHT.

The hospital could be moved out of critical incident status with a decision due to be made at a meeting at 09:30.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry but increasingly cloudy

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Thursday morning will start largely dry with some bright or sunny periods, but cloud will be increasing through the afternoon with some scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle developing.

Cloud will also lower later in the afternoon and some hill fog patches are likely to develop to the west by evening.

Southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate but fresher for time around the north coast.

Maximum Temperature:18 to 20C (64 to 68F).

weather
BBC

Royal Cornwall Hospital still dealing with critical incident

Mel Osborne

BBC Radio Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Hospital
BBC

Cornwall's main hospital says it is still dealing with a critical incident on Wednesday evening as it struggles to cope with "extreme pressure" on services.

Medics have been asked to step in to help after the Royal Cornwall Hospital, near Truro, declared the incident.

It came after 15 ambulances were observed queued up outside the hospital in Treliske on Monday.

The hospital has seen increased pressure on services since April.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was "aware of issues" after local MP Sarah Newton told the House of Commons of the situation.

Devon and Cornwall weather: More cloud but mostly dry

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

During Wednesday, cloud will be increasing from the northwest with mostly cloudy skies expected after midnight.

Most places should stay dry, but some patches of light rain or drizzle cannot be ruled out.

Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

Devon and Cornwall weather
BBC

Thursday will be mostly cloudy day but also staying fairly dry for most of the morning and afternoon.

A few brighter spells likely in the afternoon, but a little drizzle is expected later.

Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

Stadium for Cornwall deal 'in touching distance'

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Deals to provide the land and government funding required for the Stadium for Cornwall are within “touching distance” and could be signed by the end of this month.

That's the message from Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for planning and economy, who told a full council meeting he believed there would be a "happy outcome" for the long-awaited stadium.

The Stadium for Cornwall is planned to provide a new home for the Cornish Pirates rugby union team as well as for football side Truro City. It will also provide conference facilities, space for Truro and Penwith College and a gym, as well facilities for other sports clubs and community groups.

It is planned to be built at a site next to the park and ride at Langarth near Threemilestone.

Last year Cornwall Council agreed to provide £3m towards the project but only if that was matched by the government, fulfilling a promise that had been made by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Conservative Councillor Philip Desmonde asked for an update and whether the deals for the stadium had been completed and whether landowner INOX was in a position to hand over the site.

Independent Mr Egerton said INOX had been set to hand over the site for the stadium as part of a Section 106 planning agreement linked with the major housing and retail development for the surrounding site.

However, the agreement was that the stadium site would not be transferred until the developer had started to build homes, adding: "We are in touching distance of not just getting the memorandum of understanding but the legal transfer to be signed off."

Stadium for Cornwall
Truro and Penwith College