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Overturned gritter at Holne

Devon preparing for an icy Monday morning

Snow showers and freezing conditions swept across Devon in the early hours of this morning and Devon County Council is warning of a significant risk of ice on Devon’s roads, particularly into tomorrow (Monday 25 January) morning.

Devon’s fleet of gritters have been working around the clock to treat the County Council’s salting network, but the authority is urging people to avoid all...

Adoption, Adopt. Adopt South West

Torbay residents urged to consider becoming adoptive parents

A shortage of potential adopters in Torbay is making it difficult to give children permanent homes, according to the south west region’s adoption agency, Adopt South West.

Kath Drescher, Service Manager of Adopt South West , says: “In some parts of the region we have a concentration of approved adopters, but we don’t have sufficient numbers in Torbay and surrounding areas and having...

Skills bootcamps set to enhance employment opportunities in the region

The Heart of the South West LEP (HotSW LEP), Digital Skills Partnership , has launched ten free Digital and Technical bootcamps, providing people in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with the opportunity to access free training worth up to £3,000.

The Government-funded #Train4Tomorrow bootcamps will help adults develop digital and technical skills that lead to higher-paid roles...

Mike and Lesley Morrison at Hyperspace Paignton, Parent and toddler group

Gov says yes but local council closes parent and toddler group at a time when support services are needed the most

Environmental Health has instructed a new parent and toddler group to close during lockdown2, three days after saying it could stay open. Hyperspace in Paignton, Devon, had two visits within three days from the Environmental Health Team. After the second visit, Hyperspace founders Mike and Lesley Morrison were told to shut because they had soft play at the premises and all soft play was banned...

National Trust reopens Agatha Christie’s holiday home

On Saturday 5 September, the National Trust in the South West will see Greenway House open its doors daily, for the first time in more than four months - with several new safety measures in place.

Last month two South West properties; Barrington Court and Kingston Lacy, reopened as part of a phased reopening of 200 houses which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March....

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Living Coasts, in Torquay, famous for its penguins, has helped inspire a novelist to write a book featuring penguins – published by Penguin.

The novel, by Exmoor-based writer Hazel Prior, is called Away With The Penguins . Living Coasts' Senior Keeper, Jason Keller, helped Hazel with her research into hand-rearing baby penguins.

Away With The Penguins has been described as a...

How to tell if your great ape is pregnant...

The world’s number one selling brand in home pregnancy and fertility tests has donated pregnancy kits – for orang utans.

The Clearblue brand helps over 20 million women every year – and now, a couple of broody female Bornean orang utans… Keepers at Paignton Zoo in Devon approached Clearblue because they hope their orang utans will breed this year.

Senior Head Keeper of Mammals...

Charity zoos: business as usual

The three South West zoos run by regional conservation charity Wild Planet Trust have a defiant message for coronavirus: “It’s business as usual”.

Staff and volunteers are prepared for the impact of coronavirus, but at this time the charity zoos remain open. Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We’re monitoring the situation closely and will naturally continue to follow the advice of...

Doh! Homer’s keepers are seeing double…

Keepers at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, had to do a double-take recently when they discovered that European common lobster Homer had moulted for the first time in two years.

Aquarist Sam Worthington was particularly pleased, as it was the first time he’d moulted in her time at the charity zoo: “This exoskeleton is almost perfect - right down to the antennae and the eyes....

Zoo keepers get fish to clean their own aquarium

Ingenious aquarists at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have trained strange fish to help clean their tank of a naturally-occurring pest.

Filefish, or leatherjackets, have been introduced into the charity zoo’s large stingray tank to help control an invasive anemone.

Aquarist Tom Fielding: “Aiptasia is a common temperate and tropical sea anemone. It comes in...

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