Torbay

Fish soup five times a day…

Are there any tricks to rearing a penguin? Clare: “Patience, dedication – and not being put off by the smell of fish…!”

A sickly African penguin chick has been nursed back to health with fish soup by dedicated zoo keepers.

Staff at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have been feeding the chick every 3 hours from 7.30 in the morning to 7.30 at night. The only...

The girl with the frog tattoos

Zoo keepers are dedicated, passionate – even obsessed. They are devoted to the animals with which they work...

For one keeper at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon, each conservation success means so much to her that she gets a permanent reminder.

Dr Katy Upton marks her team’s first successful breeding of each rare frog species with an anatomically correct frog tattoo....

Trust celebrates Yaki Day

The charity that runs Paignton Zoo is marking the special day of a special species.

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo, is celebrating International Macaque Day on Friday 16th March.

Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra) can be seen at both Paignton Zoo and Newquay Zoo. The charity supports a...

A pre-Spring Clean at Living Coasts

Zoo keepers have been digging in at Living Coasts in Torquay to make sure everything is just right for the birds. They had to shift tonnes of sand and soil in the coastal zoo’s estuary area and clear vegetation in an annual pre-Spring Clean.

The zoo’s estuary exhibit is home to pied avocet, oystercatcher, redshank, ruff and black-necked stilt – though you might be forgiven for thinking...

Zoos offer moments for seniors

March is over-60s month at two top Devon zoos. The charity attractions are holding special days for older people.

At Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, the day of the week to make a note of is Wednesday. At Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, the special day is Thursday. Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts are both part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, the charity which also runs...

New Gold Bus service coming to Plymouth

Stagecoach South West has announced that, starting 30th September 2013, they are introducing two brand new ‘Stagecoach Gold’ routes which will operate between Torquay, Paignton, Totnes and Plymouth or Dartmouth. The introduction of the flagship ‘five star’ brand to Devon is a coup for customers, reserved for only a select number of locations across the country.

The two ‘Gold’ routes...

Man dies after falling from rocks

A 55-year-old man has died after falling from rocks while fishing at Meadfoot Beach, Torquay.

Torbay Coastguard says it was called out around 5.50pm on Wednesday (5 June) after receiving a report of a man falling off rocks into the water.

The Torbay Coastguard rescue team, Coastguard Helicopter R106, Torbay RNLI lifeboats, Torquay Harbour Patrol Boat Oscar 4, police and...

South West Water's extra investment programme to be funded from efficiency savings

South West Water today (Thursday 23 May) announced an extra investment programme to protect bathing water quality at key tourist beaches, maintain nearly six million metres of sewers and help customers in the most need.

This investment will be funded from efficiency savings in the company's current five year programme and will not impact on average household bills which will fall in...

Devon Faiths Training for Major Incidents

More than 70 volunteers from seven different churches and six other faith and belief traditions have now been trained to be able to respond in the event of a major emergency in Devon, Plymouth or Torbay.

The Devon Faiths Response Team (DFRT) recently held a further training workshop at County Hall, Exeter at which participants heard from South Devon Coroner Ian Arrow and trauma...

Fire authority launches cost saving consultation

Local fire fighters are launching a public consultation on draft proposals to reduce costs in the light of Government cuts.

The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority is currently consulting on a range of proposals to help it meet the reduction in government grant over the next two years. As part of its consultation it will be holding six community events across Devon and...

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