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Volunteers needed for island wildlife


Published in the Portsmouth News on Friday 12th August 2011

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help with wildlife conservation.

Hayling Island has several protected sites where the volunteer beach wardens will be based. Beach wardens carry out tasks which include monitoring, scrub clearance, path improvements, beach cleans and litter surveys. The tasks are vital in maintaining the biodiversity of the 250 hectare site – which contains the largest area of sand dunes and shingle beach in Hampshire – and encouraging more wildlife on to the site. The group was set up by volunteer charity BTCV, in association with Havant Borough Council which owns the site. It is part of a two-year project which will eventually be run independently by beach wardens in the group. There are still places available on the free training course.

For more information

Phone: (02380) 769719 or (07740) 899709


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Filth pumped into beauty spot yet again

The Langstone Harbour sea defences which run along the Eastern Road in Portsmouth.

Picture: Steve Reid

Published in the Portsmouth News on Thursday 11th August 2011 

RAW sewage has been pumped into Langstone Harbour by a water firm in yet another pollution incident.

Unscreened sewage was discharged into the harbour from an outfall pipe at Fort Cumberland, Eastney, after the screens that normally filter the sewage became blocked.

Southern Water, which said it had spent £100,000 last year repairing the screening system, has now said it cannot guarantee the problem will be fixed until 2015.

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Government new planning policy Puts environment under greater risks

The government has released its new draft National Planning Policy for online consultation. The emphasis is on simplicity and a massive reduction in planning documentation. But will the new policies make it more difficult for local communities to resist inappropriate development and put green fields and habitats at greater risk for the sake of economic growth? Tell the Communities Secretary what you think of his ideas.

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