PIGEONS in Cadiz will be given contraceptive pills in a bid to control their population sizes, it has emerged.The City Council had planned to ship 5,000 of the pests to Valencia, but has now said it will install two dispensers with contraceptive feed.Tourist hotspot Plaza de la Catedral is one of the worst-affected areas.Ecologists estimate that in Cadiz, a city of 115,000, there are around 10,000 pigeons.“It is a good agreement, there is zero sacrifice and no extermination,” said Daniel Lopez, of green group Ecologistas en Accion. He added: “Pigeons are part of the urban habitat and have come to stay, but it is true that the population is excessive.”PIGEON PILL: Pesky birds in Spain’s Cadiz to be slipped contraceptives in food to control numbers - 21 Apr, 2019 @ 11:00Climate change activists in Spain joined by those in UK as hundreds arrested - 21 Apr, 2019 @ 10:00SPOTTED: The only pictures of Wolves’ trip to Marbella ahead of Premier League action … [Read more...] about PIGEON PILL: Pesky birds in Spain’s Cadiz to be slipped contraceptives in food to control numbers
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Thousands of new homes, a parking charge freeze and a new £3 million community wealth fund are among the pledges in Labour’s local election manifesto. Labour will be fielding 44 candidates in next month’s Stoke-on-Trent City Council elections – four years after the party lost control of the authority and was consigned to opposition. Group leader Mohammed Pervez insists that Labour has listened to residents’ concerns and will be offering voters something different in the elections on May 2. The party had published a manifesto containing 100 pledges that it says will ‘improve the lives of every person’ in Stoke-on-Trent. Among the more specific promises is a commitment to freeze charges on council car parks for four years, and provide free one-hour parking in each of the five towns outside Hanley during market trading hours. Labour is also pledging to build at least 2,000 new homes by 2023, introduce free wi-fi in town centres, invest in a major … [Read more...] about Free wi-fi and a parking charge freeze among Labour’s 100 city election pledges
Pest droppings were found at a Derby takeaway, a food hygiene report has revealed. Royal Fast Food, in Pear Tree Road, was said to have "poor" levels of cleanliness during an inspection in October this year. At the time of the visit, the food hygiene officer found pest droppings to the right hand side of the Pepsi chiller on the floor and behind the chest freezer. As a result, Derby City Council gave the business a score of one out of five - meaning "major improvements are necessary". Pest droppings were also found on the floor in the left-hand side toilet. The inspector said that the business did not initially have a pest controller at the time of the visit, but on the revisit it did. Cobwebs were found under the double sink in the kitchen and on the ceiling in the outside store room. The inspector found a large quantity of cooked chicken in sauce measuring a temperature of 42C. The hygiene officer warned that chicken is a high-risk food and will support the growth of food poisoning … [Read more...] about Pest droppings and cobwebs found at Derby takeaway
0 Have your say They are the plants which few people want, but dandelions, thistles and brambles have been revealed as the favourites for city bees, flies and other pollinators in a four-year study by the University of Edinburgh. The project, which included sites at Inverleith allotments, Holyrood Park, The Meadows, Cramond churchyard and a verge in Redford Road, is the first to examine pollinating insects across entire cities. The UK Insect Pollinators study of insects in urban green spaces found that bees, flies and other pollinators are drawn to spaces such as parks and roadside verges planted with species they prefer to visit - dandelions, thistles, and brambles - often regarded as a nuisance and which are the first to be weeded out. Researchers said cities could become important refuges for insect species facing threats such as pest control on agricultural land and reductions in natural flower-rich habitats.Of the different city habitats examined, urban … [Read more...] about City bees need ‘pest plants’ like nettles to survive, find Scots scientists
No matter where you live in Liverpool, chances are you have encountered a rat or two. They’re found in every city all over the world, and are notoriously hard to get rid of. This year they’ve caused major problems for people in some parts of Liverpool, which are suffering from years of alleyway neglect and on-going litter problems. Residents have reported making the horrifying discovery of rats in every corner of their home from their bathtubs to their kitchen cupboards. But where in Liverpool is the issue of rats most prevalent and which wards has the council had to visit most regularly to get rid of them? We submitted a Freedom of Information request to the city council asking for a complete rundown of how many call-outs there were to deal with rat issues in different parts of Liverpool between January and November 2018. Last year, County ward was crowned rat capital of Liverpool, but this year our data shows there’s been a shift at the top of the rat league - and … [Read more...] about The results are in: Where was Liverpool’s rat capital in 2018?